Not only are Star house flies a major nuisance around the home, they’re also dangerous as potential disease carriers. House flies are a dark grey in color and are 1/8 of an inch to 1/4 of an inch in size. Their red eyes contain thousands of lenses, which gives them excellent and wider vision.
While Star house flies don’t bite, they’re still potentially dangerous to have inside of your house. House flies spend time on trash, feces and decaying things. While on those surfaces their legs and bodies pick up pathogens and bacteria. If they later land on your food or food preparation areas, they can spread the bacteria. They’re known for carrying over 100 different pathogens, including salmonella, typhoid and tuberculosis.
It’s usually pretty easy to identify a house fly infestation. You can hear the buzzing sound they make while flying around your house, and they often like to land on you or dive bomb you. If you come across a breeding sight you may also see the flies larvae. They usually enter the home through open doors and windows, or rips in screens. They’re attracted to the comfortable temperature in our houses, as well as the indoor odors.
To keep house flies from infiltrating your home, you must keep your house very sanitary. Take out your trash regularly, and keep your trash in tightly sealed bins. Pick up pet waste quickly and dispose of it. Keep your doors and windows shut, and replace any screens that have tears in them. Caulk or seal any entry points you find on the outside of your home.
Star house flies have a very short life span of only 10 to 25 days. Since they breed very quickly, a small infestation can quickly turn into a large problem if they’re not taken care of properly. If you’re experiencing a house fly infestation, give Get Lost Pest Control a call today!