3 Types of Flies That Invade Homes

There’s more than one type of fly. Here are some of the most common ones.

Flies are so common—and so irritating—that you may not even realize there are different types of flies. While you’re bound to see differences in their behaviors, you may not give much thought to whether you’re dealing with a fruit fly, house fly or drain fly. But learning more about these pests can help you make them a thing of the past.

Types of Flies Types of Flies in the House

1. House flies

The house fly is the most common type of fly in the United States, but it can be found around the world. House flies reproduce quickly and in large quantities, making them quite a nuisance in your home. These pests spread illnesses ranging from salmonella to tularemia, a bacterial disease that can cause fevers, throat infections and even pneumonia.

2. Fruit flies

These flies look like gnats and can be found buzzing around ripe produce that may or may not be in the process of fermenting. A fruit fly may look innocent, but that tiny bug can spread foodborne illnesses after hopping around atop some pretty questionable substances.

3. Drain flies

Unsurprisingly, the diminutive drain fly can be found in your bathtub or sink. Drain flies look for sources of standing water, and they don’t mind if that water is stagnant. Leaky pipes, seldom-used toilets and slow drains are magnets for these bugs. The drain fly looks similar to the fruit fly. However, drain flies have a slightly fuzzy, moth-like appearance.

How do flies get in the house?

Of course, we’ve all let many a fly in simply by opening the door. But, like other pests, they’re opportunists. If a fly sees a tear in a screen or a gap in weatherstripping, you’re likely to end up with a fly inside — or even an infestation. Sealing those gaps, cracks, holes and tears along your home’s perimeter will help prevent a house full of flies.

Send Flies Fleeing With PURCOR

You may not think much about a few flies in the house. After all, they’re annoying, but they’re so common that we think of them differently than cockroaches, large spiders and rodents. But flies are disease spreaders, and they can make your entire family sick with their nasty habits. If you see flies in your home, give PURCOR Pest a call. We offer fast service and safe, thorough treatment plans in a variety of service areas to rid you of flies and prevent future infestations in your home or business.

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