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Who Else In Portland Wants To Keep Flies Out?

carrion blow fly on a piece of metal

Flying insects are arguably the most annoying ones there are. They always buzz around and ruin a good meal by landing on it. And they’re hard to kill. While they can agitate you, that isn’t the worst of it. Flies are major carriers of illnesses and germs. There are multiple kinds all over the world. By studying up on the common types of flies in Portland, you’ll be prepared to protect yourself. Further, you can learn how Big Blue Bug Solutions can be of assistance.

What Flies Are Common in Portland? What Are The Risks?

  • Blow flies are also referred to as bottle flies. The adults have greenish, blue, and/or black metallic bodies. Larvae, known as maggots, are pale and range in size from 23/64 to 55/64 of an inch long. They look like rice grains or worms. Infestations happen as the adults flutter through open windows and doors, searching for food. They drop eggs on whatever they land and feed on. 
  • House flies can be 5/32 to 19/64 of an inch long. Their gray bodies have black stripes and are covered in hair. They make their way inside properties through torn screens and crevices around doors and windows. In garbage, rotten food, feces, and filth are where they breed best. 
  • Fruit flies are very tiny, being ⅛ to 5/32 of an inch long. They have noticeable red eyes, and bodies that are a mix of tan, gray, and black. However, to the average eye, they’ll appear tan. When these insects enter your space, they’re going for ripe or spoiled produce and fruit. Beer, wine, liquor, and other fermented liquids are targets too. They thrive and breed in moisture so you’re liable to find them surrounding garbage disposals, drains, and pools of water.

The two biggest risks with flies are:

  1. Contamination: Flies can pollute surfaces, food, and water with fungi and bacteria. 
  2. Medical conditions: Flies can spread diseases that impact people and pets when they affect food and surfaces or come in contact with lesions and wounds. Pathogens, viruses, eye infections, and dysentery are a few examples. They can also cause cholera and tuberculosis.

How Can You Prevent Flies?

You can decrease the chances of flies invading your home or business by doing the following:

  • Seal cracks and holes in foundations, windows, screens, and doors.
  • Groom your yard and greenery, and distance plants from the front door. Flies are drawn to organic matter.
  • Examine vegetables and fruit before bringing it inside, and put it in the refrigerator. 
  • Put food and garbage in containers with tight lids.
  • Regularly wash dishes, clean counter-tops, and take out the trash.
  • Routinely clean out disposals, drains, and other places where food can build up.

How Does Big Blue Bug Solutions Exterminate Flies?

Eliminating flies can be tricky if you try to do it on your own. Each species and subspecies responds to various treatments differently. If you leave it up to the licensed and award-winning professionals at Big Blue Bug Solutions, you’re guaranteed to have a remedy.

 Our expert technicians will properly identify the flies bothering you, and locate their breeding spots. Then, they will apply a specific, specialized treatment to kill them dead. The products used may involve insecticides, baits, and/or traps that are safe for you and your pets. Book a free inspection when you call today!