When you see a tiny fly zipping around in the air in front of your television or computer monitor, your first response might be, "Grrr. A fruit fly!" But it might not be a fruit fly. It could be a phorid fly. Phorid flies are common fly pests in Hendersonville. If it is a phorid fly, there are a few things you should know about them. Let's start with the reason why these flies might have decided to get into your Hendersonville home.
What Attracts Phorid Flies?
Before phorid flies get into your home, they're attracted to the perimeter around your home. The primary attractants for these flies are decaying organic matter, waste, and light.
Decay — Phorid flies are drawn to the scent of garbage, and they lay their eggs in decaying organic matter inside trash receptacles. If your receptacles don't have covers, or your receptacles have an odor, this could be why there are phorid flies in your home. The more phorid flies you have near your home, the more likely it is that they will accidentally get in through open doors and entry points in your exterior. You should also inspect your yard for anything that is decaying and clean or remove them.
Waste — If you have a dog or cat, it is possible that your pet's waste is the culprit. Phorid flies are drawn to it. Keep on top of waste clean-up in your yard, and keep in mind that when a pet has an accident inside, this can draw phorid flies in. Clean thoroughly to prevent this.
Light — Phorid flies are drawn to light. If they come near an exterior light in an entryway, they can accidentally find their way inside. You can reduce light as an attractant by switching white lights with yellow lights. Insects can't detect yellow light.
How To Stop Phorid Flies
Once you've addressed exterior attractants, you need to turn your attention to sealing exterior entry points. Here are a few key areas to check.
Make sure all your screens are in good repair and make sure they don't have gaps around them.
Seal gaps around plumbing and wire conduits that penetrate your foundation.
Replace weatherstripping and adjust double doors to make sure your doors have a good seal all the way around.
Make sure all your doors have door sweeps.
Inside your home, phorid flies are going to attempt to breed in your trash, drains, diaper pails, cat boxes, mop buckets, and other dirty places. Trash management and good sanitation can stop these flies from reproducing. If you have a cat, make sure your cat is covering litter box waste.
Is It A Phorid Fly?
Proper identification of your pest is essential for proper management. Here are a few ways you can tell that you have phorid flies:
They're ⅛ of an inch long.
They run away from you, rather than quickly taking to the air.
Phorid Fly Control
It is sometimes difficult to track down where phorid flies are breeding, or to figure out why they keep getting into your home. There are many strange ways these flies can find a place to reproduce. If you're having trouble with phorid flies and you can't solve the mystery, we have a few pest detectives here at All-American Pest Control that can help. Our service professionals know the habits and habitats of these insects. They can piece the puzzle together and let you know what's going on.
Hop over to our contact us page and take a few seconds to fill out the form. Tell us a little bit about your fly problem. We'll get back to you as soon as possible and help you decide on the next step.