Small Flies may look similar to the naked eye, but they all have differences in behavior. What they do have in common is their ability to infest homes, businesses, hospitals and educational facilities. Additionally, such flies can carry over a million bacterial spores on their bodies. This bacteria can contain pathogens that will infect food supplies and cause disease in humans. These small flies tend to live in drains and other water-rich environments, so using home remedies or flushing them with water is no more effective that a paper umbrella would be in a downpour. At first sign of a problem, please reach out to The Aardvark.
There are five main culprits: Dark-eyed and red-eyed fruit flies; Fungus gnats; Drain flies; Phorid flies. Here is some additional information
Dark-eyed and Red-Eyed Fruit Flies
Numbers are expanding because the bacteria they carry have evolved into their protectors. In the 1980s, parasites living inside these fruit flies were killing their eggs and larvae. However, evolution has seen bacteria carried by the flies kill the parasites and allow them to flourish. They are both drain dwellers and the female happily lays 500 eggs at a time. Hairy bodies and sticky feet leave bacteria on all surfaces.
These are a self-imposed problem for us. Bring these stunning plants into the house or work environment, add copious amounts of water and voila! – You have fungus gnats. Over-watered plants plus humidity encourages fungus growth on soil surfaces where this pest loves to breed.
As the name implies, flourish in drains, whether relatively clean or garbage clogged. They have short fat bodies and leaf shaped wings and breed successfully and quickly just above the water level in any drain. They feed on decaying matter from food or vegetable waste. Although not known to carry diseases affecting humans, they can compromise food or surfaces with whatever filth their hairy body is carrying.
These flies have a distinctive hump back and a tan-brown to black coloration. These flies prefer to run rather than fly away. They love rotting and decaying material of any type, as well as a warm and humid environment. Also nicknamed the “coffin fly,” they will feed on dead animal tissue of any kind. They present health issues in all environments, but particularly hospitals, restaurants and food processing facilities.
Integrated Pest Management techniques work best for these pests. Consistent prevention is better than attempting a cure. Cleaning drains to remove food and other organic residue is crucial. Destroying the layer of matter where they could breed before they start the reproductive process is essential. If these practices are not effective, The Aardvark will be able to extend smart, fast service to help remedy the situation.