Understanding the Australian Fly

It’s not uncommon when there are flies in the house all of a sudden to question where the flies came from, how many flies are there in Australia, how long flies live, where do flies go at night, what do flies eat and why do flies exist. Of course, your fly problem is unlikely to cease without investment in a fly light trap or other uv insect killer, but it’s interesting to know a little about this common Australian pest and how to beat them at their occupation of your own house.

How Many Flies Are In Australia?

The CSIRO estimates that there are over 30,000 species of flies living in Australia, a total sample of which only 6,400 have been discovered. The most common flies in Australia come from ten families that thrive in suburban areas as they recycle nutrients, hunt and pollinate. The most common Australian flies are the Blow Fly, Flesh Fly, Bush Fly, Fruit Fly, Cluster Fly, House Fly, Drain Fly, Lacewings, Fermentation Fly and March Fly (Horse Fly). These all have unique characteristics and thrive under different living conditions.

What Do Flies eat?

Any variety of fly requires a food source to survive. Precisely which meals are ingested by any fly depends upon their species, but these meals vary to include rubbish in bins, animal sweat and excrement, sewage, fermenting waste, fruit and other food and pollen – a truly delightful menu.

How Long Do Flies Live?

Again, each different species of fly has a different lifespan. Flies hatch from eggs as larvae, and then evolve to their final form in anywhere from one week to six months. Adult flies can then live anywhere from two weeks to two months. Of course, by investing in a commercial fly trap for your home or workspace, you significantly reduce the lifespan of any common fly found in your property. Any Ensystex product is effective at killing flies, and we are a preferred supplier of Ensystex Australia fly control products.

Where do Flies Go At Night?

Flies sleep at night, just like most other visual creatures. Flies rely on polarised light to function and become sluggish when the cooler night time temperature manifests. Flies aren’t too fussy about where they lay down to kip and aren’t too fussed about the potential for predators to be nearby. Flies will happily settle on curtains, walls, tree trunks, in plant stems, in cracks around windows and doors, etc, while they sleep. Of course, turning on your Vectothor UV insect killer at night is a great way to attract the attention of flies when other natural light sources are unavailable. Controlling flies will leave you with peace of mind and a more germ-free house.

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