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Pest Control Spotlight: Green Bottle Fly

shiny green bottle fly in portlandShoo fly, don’t bother me! This well-known children’s song was written in 1869, and it’s still applicable today. Green bottle flies may have very well inspired this rhyme – they’re one the most irritating parts of summer in cities across Oregon, including Eugene.

Pest control begins with understanding the species you’re dealing with, so we’ve described the green bottle fly below. You’ll also find information on why green bottle fly infestations are threatening enough to warrant hiring a pest control company. Salem, Portland, and Eugene residents can enjoy a fly-free summer by following the techniques for combating the green bottle fly listed below.

What are green bottle flies?

Green bottle flies are one of several species of blow flies, which are the most common variety of flies found in homes, as your Eugene pest control provider can tell you. Slightly larger than houseflies, green bottle flies are 10-14 millimeters in length. Their bodies are iridescent, and they may have blue-green or golden coloration. Finally, one way a provider of commercial pest control services might distinguish the green bottle fly is by looking for its bristle-like hairs.

Expert scavengers, green bottle flies eat primarily animal-based materials. Females often lay their eggs in carrion, manure or pet waste. In fact, forensic scientists may determine when a victim died according to the breeding stage of green bottle flies in the remaining flesh. One final piece of green bottle fly trivia your Portland or Eugene pest control expert would find fascinating: Green bottle fly maggots have been used to clean out wounds for millennia.

What threat do green bottle flies pose?

Beyond being a nuisance, green bottle flies may carry deadly diseases, simply by dint of coming into contact with human food. Like all flies, green bottle flies regurgitate and suck up their food repeatedly; this digestion process spreads microscopic pathogens.

Large infestations of green bottle flies usually occur when an animal has died in the home. Migrating maggots are an indication that flies may be swarming toward a dead body somewhere nearby. As female green bottle flies may lay up to 180 eggs in one sitting, it’s important to remove anything that might provide them with a good breeding ground.

How do I get rid of them?

  • Exclude green bottle flies with screening. Make sure all of your windows and doors are screened.
  • Tightly seal garbage containers. Green bottle flies love to eat your trash.
  • Remove manure (especially dog feces) from your property.
  • Fly paper or traps may be hung to catch green bottle flies.
  • Caulk or cover all openings in your home’s exterior to prevent green bottle flies from slipping in.

Shoo fly, don’t bother me – it’s more than a song, it’s a good reason to arrange for residential or commercial pest control services.

[ photo by: chapmankj75 ]

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