Common Housefly, Musca domestica
On average, flies will range from 6 to 8mm in length, with a wingspan of roughly 13 to 15mm. They are easily identifiable, with a greyish thorax and four stripes darker than the flies’ body. A maggot at birth, the fly will experience larval moults and slowly changes from white to cream in colour.
During their lifespan, a female can lay as many as 9,000 white eggs, if not more. Over a day, maggots will hatch and feed on decaying organic sources, like rubbish, for example. When maggots are ready to turn into pupae, they will seek out dry, cold shelter.
After adults emerge from the reddish-brown pupae, they will survive for up to two weeks and will not increase in size during adulthood. Around 36 hours after, female flies will be suitable for mating, but, typically, will only do so once. Males are known to be defensive over their territory as well.
The development of a fly is dependent on external factors, such as the amount of food they have access to, food quality, temperature and humidity levels. The below table is a guide to how long a fly spends at each life stage.
|Egg||0.3 – 2|
|Larva||3.5 – 30+|
|Pupa||3 – 30+|
|Adult||30 – 90|
Maintaining sanitation in a property is essential for good and effective fly control in London. This will help to restrict access to ideal breeding areas and concealing food waste will also go a long way in controlling an influx of flies.
As for farms, any manure needs to be stored dry in order to avoid providing moist conditions for flies to breed.
Why Fly Control?
Houseflies pose the danger of transmitting harmful intestinal worm eggs and adults. They may also carry diseases including tuberculosis and typhoid cholera, which is why it is so important to invest in fly control, especially in big cities such as London. With regular feeding routines, they can easily contaminate foodstuffs, as they also consume food by liquefying it and regurgitating contents on the meal. After they have done so, they will suck up the liquid and may cause fly spotting.
Unfortunately, as well as frequent feeding, flies also reproduce swiftly, so cutting the lifecycle short is the best way to deal with an infestation. As mentioned, maintaining good hygiene practices is essential, and food should be safely stored away to avoid attracting unwanted pests.
Other proofing measures may include fly screens and UV lights. On top of this, traps combined with bait may also be effective.
If you need help dealing with a fly infestation or you’re struggling with another pest, feel free to contact the experts today for specialist advice and support throughout.