The housefly is possibly the world's most common pest. It's related to other flies, such as the face fly and the little housefly, which also can infest your home. Houseflies thrive in heat, so you may see a housefly uprising in the warm days of spring or summer.
Contrary to the Name, They Don't Belong in Your House
You must have left that potato salad out last night. Now, there is a gaggle of houseflies feeding on your leftovers. Houseflies may be one of the most common pests in the world, but they are certainly not harmless. They can spread disease and filth. Here are some simple things you can do to control them.
Know Your Pests
The life cycle of adult houseflies ranges from 14 to 25 days, though they live longer in cooler periods. They dine on a variety of things, including food, animal food, carcasses, garbage, and even excrement. They will lay their eggs in almost anything that is moist, warm and will provide a supply of food for the developing maggots. Within 12 hours to several days, the creamy white maggots are hatched and begin to feed on their surroundings. After a couple days of feeding, they emerge as adult houseflies.
Keep It Clean
The best way to control a housefly infestation is prevention. To keep the home and garden sanitary, store mulch piles away from living areas, tightly cover and dispose of your garbage regularly. Also, keep your door and window screens in good condition and be sure to put food items away. You can also kill houseflies indoors for up to 7 months indoors with Ortho® Home Defense® Fly Bait Decals for Windows.