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Kitchen Flies 101

Every summer, it happens – the flies start hanging out in my kitchen. At first, it is one or two that can be swatted away with some effort, but then sometimes we have a swarm of flies that congregate around our sink. Do you have a similar situation in your home? Are you looking to find out more about these bothersome kitchen flies that can ruin any meal? Here is some information that may help.

 

  • House Flies – These nuisance pests can really take over the kitchen, especially when food is being cooked or served. The only real solution is a multistep approach including: sanitation, exclusion, and mechanical and/or chemical control. Sanitation means keepin areas in your kitchen clean where these pests feed or breed. This includes cleaning up food, spills, and drops of water as soon as they occur. Exclusion means preventing flies from getting into your home via screens that need mending or leaving windows or doors open for too long. Control means talking to the professionals to eliminate the flies that seem to be feeding and breeding in your kitchen.
  • Fruit Flies – These small pests seemingly come out of nowhere to invade your kitchen, especially the sink area and areas where fresh fruit is displayed. These critters are stealthy little guys that seem to smell rotting fruit from miles away. Getting rid of these pests can be tricky. The first step is to remove fruit that has begun to rot as well as keeping fruit in the refrigerator whenever possible. Since fruit flies have the ability to carry disease, it is best to seek help in exterminating and excluding them from your kitchen as soon as possible.
  • Drain Flies – Drain flies are also called moth flies, sewer flies or filter flies and are often found around drains. Their bodies and wings are covered with numerous hairs. Drain flies breed in drains, sewers, septic tanks, and soil that has been contaminated with sewage. Inspecting and removing them from the breeding area is most important when dealing with these flies in your home.

 

Do you have flies causing a problem in your home? Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321, or visit our website for information about these pests.

 

Drain Flies

As you go about your daily chores in the kitchen and the bathroom you may notice different types of pests from centipedes to pantry pests that occasionally cross your path. Unfortunately none of us are immune to pests entering our homes and taking up residence. Recently we have had customers ask us about small (about an eighth of an inch) black or brown moths or flies in and around kitchens and bathrooms most especially after returning home from vacations or trips out of town. While we would need to actually see them to identify properly, most likely these are Drain Flies. Here is some more info about these annoying pests.

 

Drain Flies are identified as small black or brown moths, flies or gnats that tend to appear in the bathroom, kitchen or anywhere there is a drain. Their bodies are covered with hairs and they have very unique veins on their wings. In order to rule out other types of flies such as fruit flies and the common house fly, we would need to inspect the area but most likely Drain Flies are the culprit.

 

As with most gnats and flies, these Drain Flies need moisture which is why they congregate near kitchens and bathrooms. According to the Entomology Department at the University of Kentucky, Drain Flies, “can live most anywhere that water accumulates for a week or more. Common indoor sites include the fine slime layer that develops along the water surface in infrequently used toilet bowls and tanks, in sink or floor drains in basements or garages, or drain pans under refrigerators. Sometimes the gray, wriggling larvae can be seen swimming in the water. These areas need to be cleaned thoroughly with attention to removing surface films.”

 

Drain Flies are usually a problem after a period of inactivity in a home such as after a vacation. Usually the flies will disperse once the area becomes active again but  if the flies continue to appear over several weeks it usually means a relatively permanent breeding site that must be found and eliminated. Ending a chronic infestation can be challenging. Call Pest-End Exterminators if Drain Flies have become a permanent problem in your home.

The Bothersome House Fly

 

They buzz. They land. They eat. They ruin meals and annoy homeowners especially during this season. Some people see them as merely a pest, but the reality is actually quite gross and alarming. Let’s look at fly behavior and why you should eradicate them as soon as they have made an appearance in your home.

House Flies are doing what they need to do to survive and be a part of the food chain. They are scavengers who eat food, scraps, and crumbs that are left around. They also lay their eggs in food scraps so that the newly hatched babies can have plenty to eat. Unfortunately, house flies lay their eggs in food that you may be about to eat especially as we begin grilling and entertaining outdoors again.

If laying their eggs in your food is not enough to put you off your meal listen to this. House Flies spit on food to make it gooey and then they suck the spit and goop up. And when they spit on food they can spit out bits of their last meal – imagine if the last thing they snacked on was a dead hedgehog or pet feces!!!

Knowing these two behaviors, it will come as no surprise that House Flies can also spread diseases. There are numerous pathogens that House Flies carry that can easily be transmitted to the food you are about to eat or to a surface where you will prepare food.

Here are a few ways to prevent Flies from finding your home a source of food and water.

Outdoors

  • Pick up dog waste in the yard.
  • Tightly cover garbage cans and move them away from living areas.
  • Enclose compost piles and remove any decaying matter from the yard.
  • Pick up soiled food dishes when dining outdoors, and clean up any food scraps in the area.
  • Change outdoor water bowl contents frequently. Stagnant water is a breeding habitat for many fly species.
  • Clean grilling areas from grease and meat spills.

Indoors

  • Use screens on open doors and windows to keep flies out.
  • Cover any exposed food items, including dog food and treats.
  • Clear away soiled food dishes.
  • Securely tie off full garbage bags and move them away from the house.

 

Magically Appearing Fruit Flies

It never fails. Every summer the fruit flies invade my home. They are unwanted visitors in my kitchen and pantry. I just can’t seem to get rid of them. They appear out of nowhere: not here one day, then teeming throughout my kitchen the next. Where did all these fruit flies come from and how do I get rid of them?

Fruit flies are my nemesis every summer. They invade without warning and make it down right embarrassing to host guests in my home. I have found that these tiny nuisances can quickly multiply in number, and be tough to get rid of once they’re around. With the help of Pest-End Exterminators and their professional services this is some of what I have learned about these pests.

  • Fruit flies can detect the smell of ripe fruits and vegetables from a good distance away. If there’s a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, there’s probably a fruit fly or two looking for a way into your home to get to it.
  • Fruit flies are so tiny, they can get in through window screens or crevices around windows or doors.
  • Fruit flies can be hitchhikers. They may be hiding in your veggies or fruit from the market. If at all possible wash those bananas and grapes off quickly to stop the eggs from hatching.
  • Fruit flies reproduce fast! They have notoriously fast life cycles; they can go from egg to adult in just 8 days. That means a whole new generation in just a few days to reproduce and so on and so on and so on.
  • Fruit flies love plumbing, especially those that are in the kitchen where food particles can get caught. They do not need fruit to reproduce on. Clean out your food disposal regularly or you may see a host of fruit flies finding there way into your sink and then your pantry.
  • Keep the sink and counters clean of any drips of juice or scraps of vegetable peelings, and take out the trash regularly. These are the places they love to make their homes so keep it clean. Use vinegar to clean especially near the sink.
  • Once a structure is infested with fruit flies, all potential breeding areas must be located and eliminated. Call Pest-End to discuss your fruit fly problem and possible solutions.

 

The Danger of the Common House Fly

Most of us anxiously look forward to the warm weather when we can  entertain friends and family with barbecues and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, some guests to these events are not invited – namely the musca domestica, the most common insect on the planet – the house fly. While these pests may seem innocuous, they are, in reality, a bigger danger to you and your family than you may imagine.

A typical house fly can carry over 100 pathogens dangerous to humans. Diseases carried by house flies include: typhoid, cholera, dysentery,  salmonella, anthrax and tuberculosis. House flies have also been known to transmit the eggs of parasitic worms. How they carry these diseases and transmit them is fairly interesting and unique. House flies frequent trash cans, decaying flesh, rotting food and manure for their food. Flies pick up any pathogens that are present in these areas and then can transfer them to wherever they land – whether it is the surfaces we touch or the food we eat. So each time you see a fly land on your kitchen plate, think about the numerous disease that may be on its legs or body.  Think about where it landed prior to landing on your food.  In a word – yuck.

What can you do to prevent the spread of disease?

  1. Clean and sanitize kitchens and bathrooms regularly. Pick up crumbs and spills as soon as they happen and pay close attention to areas underneath and behind appliances.
  2. Regularly clean up pet waste from around your property.
  3. Remove rotting fruits and vegetables from outdoor gardens.
  4. Check the mesh screens around doors and windows. They should be free from holes and openings and should fit securely to keep out invading insects. Close up any openings that a fly could use.
  5. Install an oscillating fan to discourage fly activity in specific areas of the home or commercial environment.
  6. Remove any items inside that are attracting flies. This can include rotting food and dirty drains. Take out the trash regularly, thoroughly clean sinks and never leave food out in the open for extended periods.

Prepare for Summer Pests

Have you been preparing for summer? Got your deck chairs ready?  Is your fire-pit packed with kindling and ready to roast some s’mores? If so, then you probably have done some of the things needed to prepare for summer. But have you considered preparing for the pests that can ruin all your summer outdoor fun?  Some of the most common indoor pests during the summer are ants, stink bugs, and house flies. Let’s review some prevention techniques that you can take so that these pests don’t crash the summer party this year.

  • Carpenter Ants – Carpenter ants reside both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They cut galleries into the wood grain to form their nests and provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. They are not eating the wood but rather finding their home in the wood. This activity produces wood shavings mixed with parts of dead ants which provides clues to nesting locations. Since these pests love to reside in homes it is important to control the access points to your home. Follow any ant trails you discover back to their source and be sure to seal or caulk any holes you notice. In addition, store firewood as far away from buildings as possible, remove nearby tree and shrub stumps and roots, and control moisture levels within your home since carpenter ants are attracted to wet or damp wood conditions.
  • Stink Bugs – Stink bugs get their name from the strong stench that they emit when crushed or agitated. Due to this stink bugs can be a malodorous problem inside homes. Locate and seal off the openings where these insects gain access. Typically, stink bugs will emerge from cracks under or behind baseboards, around window and door trims, and around exhaust fans or lights in ceilings. Call an exterminator if you notice these pests in your home because they tend to revisit the same homes over and over again.
  • House Flies – While house flies may seem like just a nuisance bug that gets in your home when a door or window is left open, they can be dangerous in that they transmit at least 65 diseases to humans, including typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, poliomyelitis, yaws, anthrax, tularemia, leprosy and tuberculosis. Flies regurgitate and excrete wherever they come to rest and thereby mechanically transmit disease organisms. There are four basic principles of pest management important in controlling house flies: sanitation, exclusion, non-chemical measures, and chemical methods. Sanitation includes keeping their food sources to a minimum. This includes garbage cans, fecal matter from pets and moist areas around your home. Keep these areas clean. Exclusion means keeping flies out of your home using screens, calk or closing entrances to the home. Chemical and non-chemical methods can be used by professional pest control companies like Pest-End who know where and when to safety treat for these insects.

Common Kitchen Pests

There is really nothing more upsetting than finding a critter in your kitchen. Whether it is a cockroach, rodent, or insect, those creepy crawlers give most people the chills. Just thinking about them near food and cooking areas is just unhealthy and unsettling. While many people scream and run the other way, we suggest taking a closer look to identify what the critter is so you can take steps to rid your kitchen area of these unwanted visitors. What are the most common kitchen pests that homeowners encounter?  Here’s some basic information about what you may find lurking in your kitchen. Call Pest-End for a thorough treatment program suited for your home and family.

 

Cockroaches – German cockroaches are, by far, the most prevalent in this region but there are other types such as the American or Oriental that could be finding safe harbor in your kitchen. Not only are German cockroaches very adaptable to different living situations, this type of cockroach is the most common cockroach species to be found in houses, apartments, restaurants and hotels They are attracted to food debris, grease, moisture, clutter (especially cardboard), and heat: making your kitchen an ideal spot to find food and shelter. Usually cockroaches hitchhike on deliveries or crawl through cracks, crevices and holes to gain entry to your kitchen area. We suggest a professional treatment program to eradicate all that you can see and those that are hiding in the nooks and crannies of your kitchen.

 

Rodents – Mice and rats love kitchens as they are a “one-stop” shopping location for food, water and even shelter. These critters find entrance through holes or gaps in foundations, walls, floors, windows and dropped ceilings. They are known for carrying disease and viruses so treating for them is critical for the health of your family. They even have been known to chew through wallboard, insulation and wiring.  Pest-End can recommend a treatment program that will provide protection to your family and the environment.

 

Flies – There are several types of flies that may be invading your kitchen: House flies, Fruit flies and Drain flies are among the most common. Like the other kitchen pests, they are attracted to grease, grime, moisture, and organic matter. Prevention includes strict sanitation methods as well as finding the breeding area. Once that is done treatment can be done and maintenance of a clean environment will dissuade return of these annoyances.

 

Ants – Carpenter ants love a kitchen full of even the tiniest crumbs and moisture. Ants can locate even the smallest entryway into your kitchen. Nests commonly exist in walls or just outside the dwelling to make for easy access to food and water. Sealing entry points and a program of treatments at regular intervals can stop these uninvited guests from returning annually.

House Flies 101

Some people consider the House fly merely a nuisance pest. They buzz around your kitchen and home annoying people while they try to eat, converse and enjoy each other’s company.  The solution to this problem goes much further than a hardware-store fly-swatter. At Pest-End Exterminators we know that this particular type of fly is much more than just a pain, they are potentially harmful to both humans and pets. Let’s take a closer look at these filthy annoyances and find out how Pest-End can help you purge your home of this problem.

 

What dangers do House flies possess?

House flies are not just a minor irritation they are major carriers of disease. The way that these flies transmit disease is fairly simple. Female House flies lay their eggs on decomposing matter such as animal feces, decomposing animals or organic matter, and discarded trash. While in these extremely unclean environments the small hairs that cover the fly’s body and legs collect particles that can carry diseases. Once that same fly then lands on your kitchen counter or  uncovered food, the transference is complete. House flies are known to transfer over 100 pathogens resulting in ailments, including: typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera, salmonella, anthrax, tuberculosis, and dysentery. House flies have also been known to transmit the eggs of parasitic worms. Basically these flies are not just an annoyance, they are a danger to you and your family.

 

How Pest-End can help you prevent and control House flies?

Our professional technicians can examine your home and check for breeding grounds as well as properly identify the problem and come up with a solution for your particular home. In addition to discussing the issue with homeowners, Pest-End can help you:

  • Identify the type of fly you are irritated by if, in fact, it is a House fly.
  • Identify the places where the flies have been depositing their eggs.
  • Advise you about what the potential breeding grounds are in your area such as: pet waste in the yard, open garbage cans or even decaying organic matter surrounding your home. A little knowledge can help you prevent breeding grounds in the future.
  • Eliminate adult flies. There are several methods at our disposal that we can use to eradicate these nuisance flies from your home.

Cluster Flies

It is not uncommon for house flies to be a problem during the spring and summer months when they can get into your home through open windows and doors.  These house flies are attracted to the food and are extremely common during the warmer months.  During the cooler months, however,  cluster flies make their debut.  They fly to the sunny sides of homes in search of protected over-wintering sites and may be found flying about inside, often in great numbers, throughout the winter. These flies are not reproducing within the structure, but become active on warm days and crawl out of wall voids and attics in a confused attempt to go back outside.  How can you identify this nuisance and what should you do about cluster flies in your home this winter?

Identification – Cluster Flies are slightly larger than the common house fly. They are usually dull-gray with black markings and have golden-yellow hairs on the thorax, which can give the appearance of a golden sheen. The hairs are more numerous on the under side of the thorax between and near the legs. A cluster fly leaves a greasy spot and smells like buckwheat honey when squished.

Identifying Behavior – 

  • Cluster flies can crawl through small openings in the walls of a structure.
  • They hibernate in secluded parts of houses like attics and wall voids.
  • On sunny winter days, the wall voids become warm and the cluster flies try to move toward light. Very often they find themselves in the inhabited parts of the house and the move to the windows. This is due to the light and their desire to get outside.
  • They cluster around the windows and they leave stains on walls and curtains if crushed. They also have a distinct odor.

Management – The preferred method of controlling these flies is a treatment in the fall.  It is more challenging to get rid of a cluster fly infestation once they have entered attics and wall voids, but the flies can be eliminated by by a professionally completed vacuuming and also installing special fly lights. A professional pest management  company like Pest-End has the knowledge and equipment to handle your cluster fly problem.

House Flies

Is there anything more annoying than a fly or a family of flies that have  taken up residence in your home?  Not only are these little pests annoying, disease-spreaders, but they are hard to completely get rid of them with your typical fly swatter thus making their eradication difficult without help. Unfortunately, there are thousands of species of flies. The most common problematic flies in this region include the pesky house fly.  Let’s look at some fly basics and why you need to eliminate them from your home.

  • Depending on the size of a female house fly, she can lay up to 500 eggs in a three to four day period. Eggs are white in color and are usually less than half and inch in size. So if you think you have killed that one problem fly, think again, there may be more on the way.
  • The common house fly and its cousin, the aptly named filth fly, breeds in moist or decaying garbage or excrement and they feed by “spitting out” saliva and former stomach contents onto their intended next meal.
  • While humans commonly find adult flies to be the most bothersome, the larval stage should be the prime target for control efforts. Elimination of larval habitat is the preferred method of pest fly suppression.
  • House flies have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs, which makes them very bad house guests. The pathogens associated with house flies include: Salmonella, Staphylococcus, E. coli and Shigella. These can cause diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery and hepatitis. Flies spread these diseases readily because of their movements from rotting, disease-laden garbage to exposed human foods and utensils.
  • House fly control requires a commitment to vigilant sanitation. Remove trash regularly and use well-sealing garbage receptacles to get rid of house flies around waste bins. Clean up pet waste immediately. Use fine mesh screens on doors and windows to prevent fly entry.
  • If careful cleaning, fly swatters, fly paper,  insecticides and a commitment to sealing off garbage and waste products has not worked,  then a professional pest company may be your best solution.  A total fly management program can be set up by Pest-End to eliminate this annoying pest.