Conniff Flies

In his book “Spineless Wonders”. Richard Conniff writes about a variety of creatures that most people don't like very much. He writes about tarantulas, squid, fleas, earthworms, and mosquitoes. He also writes about flies.

In his book, Conniff points out some of the amazing things about flies. He discusses the way they can sense danger and avoid being swatted. Despite Mr. Conniff's best efforts, most people still don't like flies.

Many people think of flies as nuisances. They see tiny gnats or an occasional housefly and think these insects are bothersome.

Many people live near biting flies like black flies or deer flies. They see these biting flies as a source of discomfort and possible illness.

Some people dislike flies because they know that flies can transmit diseases. Many flies deposit their eggs in garbage or animal droppings. After walking around in that material, they come to our picnic table…nasty!!!

Many people don't realize that flies are a symptom…something else is the problem. Flies are often attracted by odors. Houseflies recognize the open trash can long before the homeowners does. Bottle flies track down the dead mouse in the attic even though no one knew it was there. Moth flies find the stopped-up drain when people didn't notice it was draining slowly.

Experts suggest that when flies bother people, it is time to make a careful inspection. Flies seek out a place to deposit their eggs where the new larvae can eat and grow. As long as that material is available, the flies will keep being a problem.

Experts suggest that in order to eliminate flies, first find their breeding site. In the examples above, clean out the trashcans and put on the lids. Use mousetraps instead of bait to get id of rodents so the dead mice can be put into the trash. Clean out the drain trap and the slime inside the drainpipe.

Aerosol insecticides will kill adult flies. This is the last step in fly control. The breeding site and the larvae are the critical part of the process. Many people call on a pest control professional for help with flies. These people can make the inspection, point out areas that need attention, and make any insecticide applications that are needed.