Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me!
At Canton Termite & Pest Control, we are constantly talking with folks dealing with fly problems. Gnats, drain flies, fruit flies, and the like will pester homeowners no matter where you are, whether it is in the bathroom, the kitchen, or the laundry room. The larvae seek decaying organic material to consume, and this means that they will be found anywhere around the house in the walls, the basement, and outside the home where there is even a small amount of material to feed upon.
Adult flies can lay the eggs of these larvae, and standing water anywhere in the house will provide a location for these eggs to hatch. The flies will not always spread disease, but it is important for each homeowner to consider the sanitation of having the gnats in the kitchen and bathrooms, particularly.
If you are unsure what bug is flying around your kitchen or whether it is a danger or not, give us a call and we can help you identify it over the phone. Sometimes that’s all it takes to put your mind at ease.
Canton Termite and Pest Control – 770-479-1598
Regarding gnats, you can have an infestation of several species, ranging from black gnats to fungus gnats, and their associated larvae. Depending on the species, gnats can post not just an annoyance to your family and friends, but a danger to your well-being.
Particularly, female black gnats feed on blood, and can transmit multiple diseases to animals and humans alike. Gnats will populate at a high rate, and their swarms will cause harm to anyone around them if they bite.
When you consider the problems that gnats cause beyond simply irritation and even danger to your family, there is a host of issues that will present themselves. The first of these is what fungus gnats can do to plants. When a plant is repetitively overwatered, this is a good location for fungus gnats to lay their eggs. These eggs hatch quickly, and the larvae will feed on the plant itself. This will cause acute harm to the plant and eventually death, if the gnats are not dealt with, and this problem will repeat itself if standing water continues to be available to the adult fungus gnats for laying eggs.
Due to the speed of their reproduction, fungus gnats can pose a threat to any kind of plant, whether they are decorative or edible plants. It is important to consult and/or bring in a professional to respond to gnat infestations of any sort because of the danger that the gnats will pose to plants, animals and humans.
If you are worried about what gnats might be in your home and how to deal with them, call us today and describe it to us. Let us help you identify it.
On a final note regarding fruit flies, understand that they will reproduce in overripe or even fermenting fruit. This means that if you want to deal with fruit flies, simply dispose of the fruit that appears to be older, and avoid eating any that look like they are ripe enough to host fruit fly eggs!
If you have a problem with flies, gnats, or any other pest…or simply a question…Call Canton Termite and Pest Control at 770-479-1598 and ask for me, Tim McWhirter, president. I’ll be happy to help you any way I can.
Here’s to helping YOU live PEST FREE!
PS. Don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!