4 Things You Probably Don't Know About Flies

A close up image of a housefly

What do you think you know about flies? Would you consider yourself a fly expert? Probably not. But you have learned some things through the years. You know that flies are dirty insects. There is a good chance that someone probably told you about how flies have to use their own stomach acids to dissolve the foods they want to eat because they aren't able to chew it. If you haven't heard that, simply draw a line through the 4 in the title of this article and put a 5. But, that's not all you're going to learn today. We said we were going to tell you things you probably don't know about flies and we aim to deliver. Here are 4 things most people don't know about flies.

  1. Flies are nature's recyclers. Flies and their babies help to turn dead animals into fertilizer. Strange, huh? You can't make this stuff up, folks. When you see flies buzzing around a dead carcass it’s a good thing. Just like termites help dead trees decompose, flies help dead animals decompose. So, the next time you see a fly, remember to thank it.
  2. Some flies are pollinators. Really? Yup. It's true. They come looking for aphids to eat and accidentally spread pollen around. Flies that pollinate are attracted to flowers with a putrid odor. So, don't get any ideas that these little pests are a great addition to your gardening efforts.
  3. Flies will let you know if water is safe to drink. If you chance upon a pond and there are a ton of flies flying around on it, there is a good chance you don't want to take a drink. Flies breed in stagnant water and animal refuse. If they like that water, you definitely won't.
  4. Flies attract other household pests to your home. If a bunch of flies suddenly decide to take up residence in your house, you can be sure other annoying creatures will soon show up as well, especially spiders. That is why it is so important to keep trash sealed inside cans and keep things clean. Spiders in New England aren't generally dangerous to humans, but they are a nuisance when they come into your home.

When you need to keep flies, spiders, and other pests, out of your Massachusetts or Connecticut home, we can help. At American Pest Solutions, we don't just put a band-aid on pest problems, we attack them right at their source.

Here's one more thing you may not know about flies: they can still be active when it starts to get cold. Can you guess why? Because it is always springtime inside your home. And, that is just how those flies like it.