Most common types of flies
One of the most common types of fly found in a home is the housefly. A housefly is often referred to as a filth fly. This is due to the fly being attracted to, laying eggs and breeding on items that are decaying or rotting. This can include garbage, spoiled food, human or animal fecal matter, or even dead and decaying animals. For example, a fly will easily land on feces outside (from other animals or your beloved pet), then fly into your home and land on you or your household items. The rotting smell attracts these flies in droves to that area and then they proceed to breed and contaminate your home environment.
Flies can lay eggs almost anywhere. In some cases, flies have laid eggs in open flesh wounds and the ear canal! It takes about 10 days for the larva to mature into an adult house fly.
House flies vary in size from about 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch. They tend to be gray with two distinct stripes on their face. They have large red eyes and their mouths are constructed of spongy structures called labella and proboscis.
This type of fly is responsible for carrying or causing the following diseases:
- E. coli
- Salmonella and Salmonellosis
- Typhoid fever
- Food poisoning
Another common type of fly found in the home is the fruit fly. These flies get their name because they are attracted to the scents given off by rotting fruits and vegetables. Fruit that has gone bad, wine glasses, and even trash cans that have discarded garbage are very attractive to these types of flies. They prefer warm and moist environments such as bathrooms or where plumbing is accessible. Even in the absence of fruit smells, warm moist environments may attract them. These types of flies are most prevalent in kitchens/bathrooms and in and around restaurants as produce items are constantly entering and exiting restaurants via delivery, consumption and disposal.