House fly

and other filth flies, Order Diptera

Range: Throughout the United States

Habitat: Several kinds of non-biting flies can be found in and around farms, residences and foodhandling establishments. Filth flies can usually be grouped according to their habits and appearance as houseflies and their relatives; flesh flies; blow flies and bottle flies; filter flies; soldier flies; and vinegar (fruit) flies. Flies seek breeding places where garbage, animal droppings or vegetation residues accumulate.

Health risks: These flies can be harmful to health, causing annoyance and discomfort. Filth flies are usually scavengers in nature, and many are capable of transmitting diseases to man.

Management: Sanitation is still the best method of controlling filth flies in and around the home and on the farm. Locate and thoroughly clean such places. Dry, spread or dispose of dog, cat or other animal excrement. Do not let garbage accumulate in the open and make sure garbage cans have sound bottoms and tight-fitting lids. Good-fitting screens on windows and doors are essential in preventing flies from entering homes and kitchens. In areas with high humidity, screens last longer when made of aluminum, plastic or fiberglass. Flies often enter houses through cracks and crevices around windows and doors. Treat indoor cracks and crevices with TalstarOneTM. An outdoor barrier spray can be applied to areas where flies rest before entering the house, such as walls in a carport, near porches or under eaves, and around doors and windows.