Lifespan of a Fly

by Daniel Lamb | July 24, 2020 |

What Is The Common Household Fly 

Picnics, grilling and eating out on the deck are a great way to enjoy the summer months and something most of us look forward to all year. What we don’t look forward to are the buzzing flies that accompany all outdoor food activities and sometimes follow us indoors as well.  

You will find houseflies wherever there is food for them to eat. This includes the food you want to eat! More than 16,000 species of fly exist in North America. 

Why Does A Fly’s Lifespan Matter?

In order to properly treat any household pest infestation, it is important to understand just what you are dealing with—in this case, the lifecycle of a fly and how long they commonly live. Houseflies potentially carry more than 100 different kinds of germs, some of which may cause disease. When flies land, they deposit that bacteria onto whatever they land on. 

Houseflies stay within a mile or two of where they were initially born for the duration of their short lives. They will find any organic material in and around your home to feed off of and reproduce. Make sure that you contain and clean up any organic material that may attract a fly population. Make certain that trashcan and compost lids are securely closed and that all organic material is properly disposed of including rotting food, compost heaps, dog or pet waste, pet food, and any fallen leaves, fruit or decomposing material you may have in your yard. 

So What Is The Lifespan Of A Fly?

A female housefly can lay up to 500 eggs, in batches of about 75 to 150, before she dies. It takes about a day for larvae to hatch from the eggs where they will feed on the waste matter, food or feces in which they were laid for about two weeks to one month when they become pupae. After about 2 to 6 days, adult houseflies will emerge from the pupae. Houseflies will live from about 2 weeks to 1 month as fully mature flies. 

Ask For Help For Houseflies

Since houseflies may live for around a month, can contaminate food and food preparation surfaces and never travel far from their home, if you have a housefly infestation, it’s best to make sure that once you treat them they’re gone forever. Trying to deal with a housefly infestation on your own may not get rid of all the pests and in fact may lead to more flies and a greater potential health risk. 

To make sure that your home is protected from flies and their constant disturbance, call Pest Control Experts for help eradicating houseflies today. The pros at Pest Control Experts know just where to look to find all the flies and their eggs. They can also help root out where flies are getting into your home and block other possible pest infestations from getting into your home as well. Call us for a free quote and a home inspection to get houseflies out of your hair for good!

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