Eliminating Phorid Flies
There’s not a single person living today who’s particularly crazy about them – or, at least very few who would proudly admit to it. Insects are exactly as their name implies – PESTS! The other name they’ve been referred to for decades – BUGS! They are known for making our lives miserable by infesting our homes, destroying their foundations, gnawing on the plants we strive to grow, wreaking havoc and generally making frustrating pests of themselves!
To add insult to injury, just when you thought you’ve successfully killed the ones that boldly marched across your field of vision, you notice even MORE insects at a later date or time! This is due to the fact that while you may have killed the ADULTS you’ve seen, there are many generations just waiting to appear in the EGGS that were laid – unbeknownst to you!
Let’s face it – bugs are a nuisance! There’s no getting around it. Whether they are big or small, nobody can attest to wanting them around. Think of the tiniest ones, such as mosquitoes, fleas and even phorid flies. They invade our homes as though we’ve actually invited them and as if they pay our rents or mortgages. And just when we think we’ve killed the last of them, we see more emerging from cracks and crevasses, intent on causing even further damage to all for which we’ve worked so hard! Who needs that?
The only time that insects can actually be considered amusing or even interesting are when they’re included in a kid’s science project or as part of a grade school biology lesson. You can’t get enough of literally seeking them out to make sure that you win first prize. However, once you become an adult, the last thing you want to do is collect them in a jar with holes in the lid and watch their habits closely under a microscope. You later realize that instead of observing them you need an exterminator to insure that they never come back to your home. Simply put – their appeal wanes once you reach adulthood.
Let’s examine one of these smaller annoying critters – phorid flies – in more detail. Perhaps you mistake them with fruit flies. They are just as tiny and just as annoying to their insect community counterparts. They range in color from brownish to dull yellow. Their minuscule, arched bodies are only 1/8 long when compared to other flies. Their wings are also tiny, their abdomens composed of six different segments.
They tend to gather in clusters, running across a surface (to minimize you disturbing them!) before actually taking flight. They are almost invisible to the naked eye. If you actually see them, you might mistake them for gnats, which is common.
The main difference between them and fruit flies is that fruit flies are typically drawn to areas where there are overripe fruits and rinds/ peelings, phorid flies thrive where decay is more prevalent. This includes fungus, excrement and both human and animal corpses.
Good housekeeping is essential to getting rid of them – their favorite hangouts are anyplace that old, rotting decaying food (such as in trash dumpsters and food processing plants) exist. They thrive in decaying food, compost piles and substances that have been left to deteriorate naturally.
The phorid flies also pose a threat to hospitals and nursing facilities. They also spread bacteria due to their compulsion to inhabit unsanitary conditions. This is the reason that insuring the cleanliness of such facilities – everything from food handling to the thorough, careful cleaning of patient wounds – is so vital.
It is also important to check moist, damp areas in basements, kitchens, drains, garbage cans and recycling bins and other areas where there may be even small amounts of standing water. Phorid flies are drawn to these areas also. It is suggested that a water vacuum be used to dry such areas. Clean trash and recycle bins regularly.
You might also want to place a Gold Stick trap (available at most hardware stores) to lure and trap the flies. It’s an effective measure in considerably slowing down these pests as they strive to infest your home or business.
Phorid flies can especially be quite ruthless in infesting anything where proper sanitizing and disinfecting practices have not been rigorously upheld. However, this is true in regards to the elimination of ANY insect (or even RODENT) infestation.
Female phorid flies have been known to lay up to 20 – 500 eggs at a time – this means eventually there will be an excessive number of additional pests to look out for. Once she lays the eggs, the larvae hatch within a 24 hour time span, typically near decaying substances. And they are stubborn little critters – household sprays may kill the ones you actually see, but your goal should be to prevent future generations from taking up residence too.
So what is the best game plan for ridding your home, your business -- your LIFE -- of phorid flies? As aforementioned, the Gold Stick trap is a good start; but keep in mind that over the counter pesticides can only do so much. You will also need the services of a skilled, reputable exterminator. Only by doing this can you prevent recurrences, as expert maintenance is an essential part of a PERMANENT solution.
An exterminator who knows his craft will employ one of several methods to eliminate phorid fly infestation. He may utilize such products as an industrial strength drain cleaner, foaming agents and concentrated foam chemical treatments. Microbial citrus foams are also effective, as are contact aerosols. Another good option – insect trap lights.
It’s also a good idea to recruit the services of a skilled inspector at the first sign of any infestation of flying insects to rule out the presence of phorid flies. A plumber is also a good resource, since phorid flies frequent damp areas resulting from decaying substances flushed out via broken pipes.
Exterminators, inspectors and plumbers are your best bet for insuring a safe, pest-free environment. Call Alliance Pest Services today to solve all your pest fly problems today.