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From structural damage to just plain annoyance, flies can be a real nuisance if they invade your home. Throughout the summer and warm months, sometimes flies can feel like a nonstop source of frustration both indoors and outdoors.


If you find yourself with a fly problem this summer, don't hesitate to call local pest control services to get rid of the problem and help safeguard your home against future infestations. Pest management businesses can help you avoid behaviors that attract flies and find areas where they're able to invade or nest.

If you currently have a fly problem, It's not a bad idea to be able to identify which kind you're dealing with to better understand what they can do.

Blow Fly

There are several types of blow flies, but the most common is the black blow fly. Between 6 and 14 millimeters, the give away that you're dealing with a blow fly is the metallic hue to their bodies. The way that their hair is arranged can help pest control professionals tell which type of fly they're dealing with. Although these flies can only live about three weeks, they can lay up to 2,200 eggs in a lifetime in batches of 100. They're known to lay their eggs in rotting meat and fish. In addition to contaminating meat and being annoying, blow flies have also been known to lay eggs in wet wool.

Cluster Fly

Cluster flies can surprise homeowners by coming from within the house. Often, these pests hibernate in the attic over the cold months, then appear in the summer. Loud, large and slow, these are the flies that can settle around a window or unused area. On average, cluster flies are 8 to 10 millimeters long, not metallic and their wings cross each other on their back. In addition to infesting your attic all winter long, cluster flies can be annoying, attract larger pests and leave unpleasant marks on the walls and home furnishings.

Fruit Fly

At about 2.5 millimeters, fruit flies are definitely the smallest of these common house flies. Look for their red eyes and brownish body color, as giveaways that they're fruit flies. They may be found around ripe fruit, garbage, composting materials and already fermented beverages like wine or beer. Fruit flies can live for up to a month and hatch much more rapidly than that, so it takes no time for a small infestation to get out of control.

Regardless of the type of fly, if you find yourself overrun with pests, contact your local pest professional to effectively deal with the issue.

Abell Pest Control is a family owned Canadian company dedicated to providing effective, professional and courteous service in pest management. Abell is proud to announce its 90th year of providing quality pest control services to North America. Started in 1924 with one office, Abell now employs several hundred people with branch offices across Canada and the United States.

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