Wildlife Wednesdays: Housefly Surge with Warmer Weather

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Wildlife Wednesdays: Housefly Surge with Warmer Weather

Welcome to another edition of Wildlife Wednesdays! As temperatures rise, you may notice an increase in houseflies around your home. Warmer weather creates ideal conditions for these pests to thrive, making it essential to understand their behavior and how to keep them under control. Let’s explore why houseflies are more common in warm weather and what you can do to manage them effectively.

Why Warmer Weather Increases Houseflies

Houseflies (Musca domestica) are highly adaptable insects that benefit from higher temperatures. Here's why houseflies become more prevalent as the weather heats up:

  1. Faster Life Cycle: The life cycle of a housefly, from egg to adult, can be completed in just 7-10 days in warm conditions. Higher temperatures accelerate their development, leading to a rapid increase in fly populations.

  2. Abundant Food Sources: Warmer weather often means more outdoor activities and food waste, providing ample feeding and breeding grounds for houseflies.

  3. Ideal Breeding Conditions: Decaying organic matter, a preferred breeding site for houseflies, decomposes faster in warm weather, creating more opportunities for flies to lay their eggs.

The Impact of Increased Houseflies

With the rise in housefly populations, the risks they pose to health and cleanliness also increase. Houseflies can:

  • Transmit Diseases: Houseflies can carry and spread pathogens that cause illnesses such as salmonellosis, cholera, and typhoid fever.

  • Contaminate Food: By landing on food and surfaces, flies transfer harmful bacteria from decaying matter and waste.

  • Cause Allergic Reactions: Some individuals may experience allergic reactions to housefly bites or contact with their secretions.

Effective Ways to Control Houseflies

Here are some practical steps you can take to manage and reduce housefly infestations during warmer weather:

Maintain Cleanliness

Keeping your home and surroundings clean is the first step in preventing housefly infestations. Regularly dispose of garbage, clean up spills, and ensure that food is stored in sealed containers.

Eliminate Breeding Sites

Houseflies lay their eggs in decaying organic matter. Remove potential breeding sites by regularly cleaning areas where organic matter accumulates, such as garbage bins, compost piles, and pet waste.

Use Screens and Traps

Installing screens on windows and doors can help keep houseflies out of your home. Additionally, consider using fly traps and sticky tapes to catch and reduce the number of flies indoors.

Professional Pest Control

For severe infestations, it’s best to seek professional help. At Paragon Pest Control, we offer effective housefly control solutions to keep your home and family safe. Our experts use safe and targeted methods to manage and prevent housefly populations.


With warmer weather comes an increase in houseflies, but by understanding their behavior and implementing effective control measures, you can keep these pests at bay.

For professional housefly control services, contact Paragon Pest Control. We proudly serve Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Irving, Garland, Frisco, McKinney, Carrollton, Richardson, Lewisville, Mansfield, Weatherford, Aledo, Benbrook, and more. Call us at (972) 435-9797 or visit paragonpestdfw.com to schedule your service and keep your home housefly-free.