House Flies

What do house flies look like?

a house fly on a piece of watermelon in a home in streator illinois

House flies are very common household pests. Adults have a very distinctive appearance; a dull gray body with black vertical lines on top, and a single gold stripe and a single silver stripe on their face. Adults grow to be between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch in length. Their worm-like larvae are off-white and have pointed heads. Their pupae are dark brown, round, and taper from front to back.

Where are house flies found?

House flies, as their name suggests, are most often found living in Quad City homes, finding their way in while in search of food and water. They enter inside through torn screens, gaps around windows and doors, open doors and windows, and cracks found in your building's foundation. Many things attract house flies to properties including garbage, animal feces, compost piles, and leaky pipes and outdoor fixtures.

What do house flies eat?

House flies are scavengers and feed on a large variety of “food”. They feed on food they find in pantries and kitchens. House flies eat pet food, excrement, carcasses, and garbage. They can only ingest liquids, so they regurgitate their saliva onto the food they are going to consume. After the food has been liquefied, they suck it up with their specialized spongy mouthparts.

DIY house fly prevention and control tips

House flies can become very problematic for homeowners. Not only is it a huge nuisance to have them flying around your home, but they are also very dangerous because of the diseases they can spread to you and your family when they land on food and food prep areas. Taking the following steps can help to prevent problems with house flies in your home:

  • Clean up pet waste daily.

  • Place tight-fitting lids on garbage cans.

  • Place garden areas and compost piles away from the outside of your home.

  • Make sure that screens in windows and doors are completely intact.

  • Seal gaps in your home’s foundation, and caulk gaps found around windows and doors.

  • Keep food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator, not out on counters or tables.

  • Regularly wash dirty dishes, and remove trash from your home.

Professional house fly control

If house flies are infesting your home or business, give Quik-Kill a call. Offering effective pest control in central and north central Illinois and southeastern Iowa including the Quad Cities, we’d be happy to discuss your fly issue and explain how we can eliminate your pest problem. Reach out to us today! 


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