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Understanding what flies eat is one way to prevent a fly infestation. In general, flies are attracted to organic decaying material. The most common flies home and business owners have issues with are house flies, fruit flies, blow/bottle flies.
It’s important to know what flies eat so you can remove conditions that are conducive to fly infestations. By properly storing and disposing of food and cleaning the areas where food is consumed or prepared, you can greatly reduce the likelihood and severity of a fly infestation. It’s a simple step that makes a big difference.
Adult flies feed and harvest their larvae on organic decaying material. This includes, fruit, vegetables, meat, animal, plant secretions and human feces. Both male and female flies suck nectar from flowers as well.
Flies are most active when it is warm, for this is when their larvae are most likely to hatch. They are attracted to buildings because of the heat and odors they may emit.
House flies are general feeders, which mean they will eat everything from food to animal and human fecal matter. Because of their sponging mouths, they only feed on liquids, which means they must liquefy food through regurgitation. They are attracted to a variety of substances such as:
Blow/bottle flies are fairly large flies with metallic blue, green, bronze or black sheen. They are infamously known for burrowing themselves into their food, which is where they develop. They are usually the first insects to arrive after an animal dies. These flies prefer:
For more information on how to get rid of flies, here are some tips on how to keep flies away from your home or business.
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