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Do flies bite?

You’ve probably encountered flies moving around the outside and inside of your property. Although they may appear harmless, flies could create problems, especially if you have a full-blown infestation. One question people commonly wonder is: Do flies bite?

Well, some flies bite and some do not. Learn about these critters below. Remember: If flies are creating problems at your home or business, Western Exterminator is the company to call. We are experts who will get rid of the flies infesting your premises with our deep knowledge of fly control.

So, why do flies bite in the first place? Depending on what species you’re talking about, flies bite either for nourishment or to lay eggs.

Mosquito bites

You may not realize it, but mosquitoes are technically flies. As you may know from coming into contact with these pests, mosquitoes can bite. Mosquito bites can produce itchiness and keep you from having fun outside. They can also bring on allergic reactions such as hives and even anaphylaxis. Also, mosquito bites can transmit diseases and so they can be quite dangerous. Female adult mosquitoes bite but other mosquitoes do not.

Black fly bites

Black flies, members of the family Simuliidae, which are typically black or brown but can be other colors, do bite. They bite humans along with animals. You can typically notice of swarms of black flies during late springtime and early summertime. They are often located in forests that have shade and around water channels. Black fly bites hurt a lot and can take place on skin that’s exposed or beneath clothes. While itching is the most common symptom of black fly bites, some people bitten by black flies may encounter nausea and fever.

Do fruit flies bite?

No, fruit flies do not bite. But you’re not off the hook if you have a fruit fly infestation. In particular, if food safety is a concern, you should take action to get rid of a fruit fly issue because fruit flies may transmit diseases. These flies could contaminate food. Fruit flies are frequently located in places containing fruits and vegetables, such as restaurants and homes. But they can come into structures from garbage cans or piles of compost in close proximity. Rotting produce can draw in fruit flies.

No-see-um bites

No-see-ums are small (hence the name) - around 1/16 inch in length. They are capable of biting people underneath clothing. A welt can develop. No-see-ums can bite humans and animals. If you spend a lot of time outside, you may know this all too well.

No-see-um bites commonly bring on a red spot that itches a lot. Try to wear clothes that are lighter in color to avoid being bitten.

Do horse flies bite?

Yes, horse flies bite. Horse flies are around ⅜  to 1 ⅛ inch in length with a body that’s blackish or gray. Their eyes are frequently green or purple. They act as pests toward animals and sometimes people. Female horse flies need a blood meal in order to lay eggs. Horse fly bites can be painful. It is possible to deal with lesions and fever after being bitten.

Deer fly bites

Deer fly bites can also occur. Deer flies are in the same family as horse flies. Horse flies and deer flies can be located close to rivers and lakes. Female deer flies bite, which can result in pain and itchiness.

Do house flies bite?

House flies are common flies, but they do not bite. Although this may seem like good news, these flies can provide shelter for pathogens that cause disease, such as cholera and dysentery. So, you definitely do not want house flies around your picnic at home and certainly not in your food-processing facility or restaurant. House flies are often located around home garbage and commercial trash receptacles.

Are flies biting around your property?

If you are bitten by a fly and experience a serious reaction, contact a medical professional right away. But even without the presence of a bad reaction to bites, you should get rid of flies as soon as possible if you’re dealing with an infestation. Not only are these pests inconvenient, but certain flies can transmit disease, so a fly issue could turn into something more serious.

That’s why you should get in touch with a pest control expert to take care of a fly issue when you suspect you’re facing an infestation. Western Exterminator specialists can help eliminate flies from your home or business. Our experts are state-licensed, friendly and have the training and tools to remove the infestation. Once you contact us, we’ll come check out the problem and solve the issue.


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