Flies in Southwest Florida
Flying insects—aside from mosquitoes and stinging insects like wasps—won’t generally cause you much physical harm. However, they can certainly get in your way, not to mention cause bigger pest problems.
Hoskins Pest Control is here to help eliminate flies around your property. Our pest and insect control methods are effective and environmentally sensitive, and our trained technicians serve multiple Southwest Florida counties. Don’t deal with flying insects bugging you at home or work. Learn more about the different types of flies in Florida that invade indoor spaces, and contact us or call today to get a free pest control estimate.
Types of Flies in Florida
Likely the tiniest fly you’ll see in your Florida home, the fruit fly finds and feeds on any types of ripened, fresh produce you keep exposed as well as other organic matter.
Identifying characteristics of fruit flies include:
- About 1/8 inch long
- Tan or brown in color with red eyes
Although fruit flies do not bite or harm people, they can ruin produce and food sources both in homes and restaurants. Thus, they can pose a health risk as they carry and spread bacteria. With that said, reduce conducive conditions that allow fruit flies to thrive, breed, and multiply quickly.
Fruit flies are drawn to and can be found in areas such as:
- Ripe and decaying fruits and vegetables
- Inside and near trash cans
- Glasses and bottles containing drinks
- Dirty dishes and leftover food
- Spills around the kitchen
- Standing water or moisture where their larvae can develop
It’s the fly we’ve all seen before: the common house fly. As another type of filth-breeding fly, house flies are generally only a nuisance—but large numbers of them can become a serious issue. And because they frequently land on garbage and organic waste, house flies can transmit disease-causing organisms that accumulate on their bodies to food and other surfaces.
Identifying characteristics of house flies include:
- About 1/8 to 1/4 inch long
- Dark-gray in color with reddish eyes
- Body covered with tiny hairs
- Single pair of wings that produce faint buzzing sound
The horse fly and its notoriously large size can be alarming in itself. Paired with their painful bites that break through skin and cause pain and swelling, this flying insect is certainly one you’ll want to avoid outdoors or on the occasion you have horse flies in your home.
Identifying characteristics of horse flies include:
- Ranging from 1/2 inch to 1 1/4 inches long
- Black or gray in color with large and shiny green eyes
- Antennae shorter than the head
- Single pair of wings that produce buzzing sound
- Females have blade-like mouthparts that slice through skin and suck blood.
- Males have weaker mouthparts, consuming only pollen and nectar.
An aggressive type of fly that comprises multiple species, yellow flies have the ability to travel long distances to find a blood meal. However, they tend to feed near locations like underwater tree roots and shaded areas with trees and moisture. Similar to that of a horse fly, a yellow fly bite is painful and can cause localized itching and swelling.
Identifying characteristics of yellow flies include:
- About 3/8 to 1/2 inch long
- Yellow in color with large blue-green eyes
- Black front legs and two pairs of yellow legs
- Wide, clear wings with brown patches toward the middle
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