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House Flies
This species of fly gets its name from being the most common fly found in and around homes, especially in the pre-automobile era and in rural areas. House flies are not only a nuisance pest but of greater concern is their potential as a carrier of disease organisms, having been found to harbor over 100 different pathogenic organisms. House flies can be found worldwide and throughout the United States.
Adults are about 1/8 to 1/4 inch long with the female usually larger.
Are dull gray in color.
Face has two velvety stripes; each silver above and gold below.
Thorax has 4 narrow black longitudinal stripes on the dorsum.
The abdomen usually is pale especially at the base.
Have sponging mouthparts.
Mature larvae (maggots) are about 1/4 to 3/8 inches long, eyeless, legless and tapering towards the head from large rounded rear segment.
The head of the larvae is represented by 1 pair of dark hooks.
The larvae have a creamy color but with a "greasy" appearance.
Controlling house flies is very dependent on the situational and often a multi-faceted approach must be taken.
Like so many pests, sanitation is important. Source reduction is the most important aspect in controlling houseflies because it eliminates larval breeding sites. When successful, it reduces the need for pesticides. If garbage cans are the issue, they should be emptied and thoroughly cleaned weekly.
Long term exclusionary methods can also be beneficial, but are not always practical nor the complete solution. Consider insect-proof garbage containers, self closing doors, air curtains, positive air pressure, screening, caulking, or otherwise sealing up cracks, holes, etc. Educated the occupants of the building to ensure doors and windows are not propped open making it easy for flies to enter.
Insect light traps are very effective, however there are many types, models, and manufacturers to choose from. Choosing the appropriate model and location can mean the difference between a waste of money and an effective tool.
Insecticide treatments should be directed towards adult flies. Watch where they rest and consider the proper material - aerosol, bait, or liquid residual.

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