Drain Fly
Latin Name: Family Psychodidae
Appearance: About 1/16-inch long with a light gray or tan body and lighter-colored wings. The body and the wings are covered with long hairs, giving the fly a fuzzy appearance. When at rest, the wings are folded over the body in a characteristic roof-like manFruit Fly
Latin Name: Family Drosphilidae
Appearance: Adults are about 1/8-inch long, have red eyes and a tan thorax. The abdomen is black on top, gray underneath.
Habit: Adults are strong fliers and have been known to travel as far as 6 1/2 miles within a 24-hour period. Populations tend to build dHouse Fly
Latin Name: Family Muscidae
Appearance: Usually gray, less than 1/4-inch long with four black stripes on the thorax.
Habit: They prefer corners and edges or thin objects to rest on. Indoors, they rest on floors, walls and ceilings during the day. Outdoors, they will rest on plants, the groPhorid-Humpbacked Fly
Latin Name: Family Phoridae
Appearance: Most are black or dull brown, but some are yellowish in color. Very small—1/16- to 1/8-inch. The arched thorax of the adult gives them a humpbacked appearance.
Habit: Characteristically short and erratic flight. Adults have a peculiar hab
Everything you ever wanted to know about pests!
More than 100 pathogens are associated with the house fly including: Salmonella, Staphylococcus, E. coli and Shigella. These pathogens can cause disease in humans and animals, including: typhoid fever, cholera, bacillary dysentery, hepatitis, ophthalmia, polio, tuberculosis and infantile diarrhea. Sanitation is critical to controlling these pests, but accurate identification is essential for success.

Here are some other things you should know about flies:
  • The life expectancy of a fly is eight days to two months.
  • Flies belong to the Order Diptera. There are 16,000 species of flies in North America.
  • Flies plague every part of the world except the polar ice caps.
  • One pair of flies can produce more than 1 million offspring in as little as six to eight weeks.
  • As many as 33 million microorganisms may flourish in a single fly’s gut, while a half-billion more swarm over its body and legs.
  • Flies spread diseases readily because they move quickly from rotting, disease-laden garbage to exposed foods and utensils.
  • A fly deposits thousands of bacteria each time it lands.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture sources reveal that flies contaminate or destroy $10 billion of agricultural products.
  • For every fly seen, there are an estimated 19 more hidden from view. This means humans don’t even see 95 percent of flies present at an infestation.
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