What do houseflies really like?

Joseph C. Tallon BlizzardSystems at Netxn.com
Sun Jul 25 10:29:58 EDT 1999

Hello Donald, I to am working on non chemical fly control and
have wondered why the domestic house fly can be seen on
all types of food sources like food in your house or manure from
the mules or dogs but they never lay eggs or at least I have never seen
larva develop in these sources. If this is true how could sanitation of
these materials limit fly populations, By reducing the food source of
the adult ?  Does the adult need a special food source to reproduce like
the flea or mosquito? Their
life span is only several weeks after they reach adult? And do
you have an idea how far those adult fly you are catching on
your glue strips have traveled from the source of their larval
development.  My thoughts are to explore a neighborhood
fly program to limit fly on my mules and in my house I have
been working with repellents, exclusion, non chemical sprays,
sanitation, and traps I will post some of my results as soon as
I figure out what they are. Preditory wasp release on the manure piles
at a dairy do control fly but if the manure is not
the source of the fly's development how do they control? Maybe
they attack the adult as they "feed'' on this material.. Joe Talon
Donald Regression wrote:
> Gentlemen, you have strayed from the Subject, carrion flys,
> blue bottles, etc., are not common house flys, these flys
> are seldom seem indoors, house flys are not attracted to
> road kill, they like to search your counter tops and tables for
> tiny food particles, they are attracted to sweets and prefer the
> food to be in a liquid state, another attraction of your house is
> that it is warm both night and day house flys like this, and there
> are no breeses blowing, under these conditions, house flys
> thrive, find mates, and enjoy our generous hospitality.
>    This year I've reverted to the old fly catcher, remember them,
> a long brown, sticky strip that uncoiled from a small tube and
> was hung from the ceiling with a thumb tack? well they arn't that
> easy to find, but I did get my hands on half a dozen, and placed
> them inside a bristle board bird feeder I glued together, I don't
> think I've caught many flys as yet, but it's nontoxic.  what I
> think I need is some type of food that the fly can not resist,
> but I have no idea what that might be, any suggestions....
> Don R
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