There are two species of flies that we commonly see in Maryland: the common house fly and the stable fly, also known as the horse fly. Both types of flies carry numerous pathogens than can be extremely harmful to humans and pets.
The House Fly
Although it may not sting, the house fly can still be extremely dangerous to your health. A primary food source for house flies is fecal matter. It is extremely important, especially during the summer months, to clean up after your beloved pets in the backyard. If you live close to farm animals, the potential for diseases carried by flies increases even more. Flies eat and walk upon fecal matter, decayed garbage, and food and then regurgitate upon their food source. The spreading of pathogens seem endless with the house fly!
The Stable Fly
In addition to the house fly, Maryland is also home to the stable fly. Stable flies are larger than house flies and give a painful sting when they bite their prey. When the stable fly feeds, it sucks the blood from its prey and can live for about 3 weeks off of the prey's blood. These flies are particularly gruesome, and can carry harmful diseases including anthrax, leprosy, and swamp fever.
With warmer weather on its way, it's important to make sure that you do not give flies the opportunity to reproduce in your home. All it takes is a short warm spell of temperatures of about 60 degrees, and flies will re-start their life cycle. If the weather stays warm, then the female will begin laying eggs in the quantity of 75-100 eggs every 3-4 days. Eggs are deposited on warm moist food sources, including fecal matter, garbage, and food. To avoid fly reproduction in your home, make sure you keep your house clean, take out trash regulary, and screen any windows and doors you have open in your home.
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