Blowflies are one of the most common flies found around dead animals. Blowflies have a bright green or blue metallic appearance and measure ¼ to ½ of an inch in length. They are commonly referred to as “bottle flies.” Blowflies are attracted to decaying meat. They can detect faint traces of odor of decaying animals and will fly up to 12 miles in search of a meal and suitable animal carcass to lay their eggs.
Why Do I Have Them?
Blowflies prefer hot, humid weather and are often seen around garbage dumpsters, compost piles, and animal droppings. These flies get into houses through open doors and windows. Once inside, blowflies are usually found in the kitchen, searching for food to eat and deposit eggs on. Meat, garbage, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fermenting liquids will attract flies into your house.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Blowflies are filthy pests that breed and feed in unsanitary areas, such as garbage and animal carcasses. These flies contaminate food and spread diseases that can cause diarrhea, infections, and other serious health concerns. Blowflies have a very high reproduction rate. A female can lay about 500 to 3,000 eggs within a month. If not controlled immediately, a small problem can soon turn into a full-blown fly infestation. An indoor infestation may also indicate another pest problem in your house, particularly a dead animal trapped in the wall.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Blow Flies?
Getting rid of blowflies can be a difficult task due to their wide variety of food sources and fast reproduction rate. Proper food storage, waste management, and closing doors and windows will help prevent fly infestations. If flies have already invaded your home, the most effective way to get rid of an infestation is to contact a pest control professional. At Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control, we offer effective pest services to eliminate your fly problem.