CONTROL OF FLIES

  • Begins with fly exclusion
  • Screens must be of 60 mesh material to keep out small flies
  • Personal protection consists of repellents
  • What is particulary effective may vary by geographic area. 

ABOUT FLIES

  • Found world wide and throughout the U.S.
  • More common in northern areas, especially around areas of moving water (creeks, streams, rivers)
  • Can make life miserable for humans, domestic animals and wildlife
  • Also carry diseases
  • Females require a blood meal in order to lay viable eggs.  
  • In sunny areas, feeding usually occurs during early morning and early evening hours  
  • In shady areas, biting more evenly distrubuted throughout the daytime
  • Most begin to emerge as adults in May and die off by early July

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF FLIES

  • Eggs laid in batches of 200-500
  • Eggs hatch in about 30 days
  • Those laid in late summer or autumn overwinter 
  • Adults about 1/32 to 1/4" and robost body
  • Somewhat humpbacked.
  • Color: dark, usually black or brown
  • Antennae short, stout, segments beadlike, 9-11 segments
  • WIngs broad at base, narrowing toward tip
  • Compound eyes separated in female, usually touching in males
  • Adults live less than 3 weeks. there may be 1-5 generations per year.

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