Appearance and Size Facts
- Belong to the insect order Diptera, which literally translates to “two wings”
- Roughly 17,000 species of flies in North America alone, representing 110 different families
- Easily distinguished from other insects because they have only 1 pair of normal wings
- Second pair of wings is represented by 2 knobbed organs called halteres
- The halteres are thought to be organs which help stabilize the insect while in flight
- True flies, such as the house fly, fruit fly, or horse fly, will always have two separate words in their name
- Insects that are not true flies have the word “fly” in their name, such as dragonflies, whiteflies, or mayflies
- Size: Range from 1/64 to 1 1/2 inches in length
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The fly is perhaps one of the most annoying pests you will ever encounter. Many flies, such as the house fly, are associated with over 100 pathogens. These pathogens can cause disease in humans and animals, including: typhoid fever, cholera, bacillary dysentery, hepatitis, polio, and tuberculosis. Sanitation is a critical part of controlling these pests.
Flies belong to the Order Diptera and there are over 16,000 species of flies in North America alone. They are easily distinguished from other insects because they have only 1 pair of normal wings. The second pair is represented by 2 knobbed organs called halteres. The halteres are thought to be organs which help stabilize the insect while in flight.
Flies exhibit complete metamorphosis: egg, larvae (maggot), pupa and adult. The larvae of most species, called maggots, are soft, legless and headless. These maggots live in soil, decaying material, or as parasites of vertebrates, snails or other insects.
For every fly seen, it is estimated that there are 19 more hidden from view. That means humans don’t even see 95% of flies present at an infestation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that flies contaminate or destroy $10 billion of agricultural products each year.
Interesting Fly Facts:
Flies have some of the most complex eyes in the insect world. They have compound eyes with many individual facets, each representing a separate light-detecting unit. The eyes of a fly do not have eyelids, so flies rub their eyes with their feet to keep them clean.
Flies taste, smell, and feel with the hairs that cover their bodies. The hairs on the fly’s mouth parts and feet are used for tasting. Flies taste what they walk on. If they walk onto something tasty, they put down their mouth and taste it again.
Flies walk on smooth surfaces using sticky soft pads that act like glue. This allows them to walk on vertical glass surfaces and upside down.
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Behavior & Habitat
Nevada’s temperate and dry conditions provide significantly increased insect and pest activity as compared to most areas of The US. The lack of a cold season allows pests to thrive and multiply all year long. Learn more about your pest here.
Signs of Infestation
Pests provide a variety of warning signs that vary from species to species. Some may leave subtle clues while others may cause major structural damage resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs. Learn more to protect your home and family.
Preventative Pest Tips
There are many things we can do to prevent pests from controlling our environment. Caulking cracks that pests can crawl through, maintaining sanitary conditions to deny pests a food source and eliminating any structure wood content with the earth are just a few.
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