If you’ve ever wondered, “Do flies lay eggs in standing water?”, you’re not alone. Flies lay eggs in any area with standing water and soluble food. This includes garbage bins. These can be a major fly breeding hotspot. Luckily, you can prevent infestation by blocking entry points to these areas.
Fly eggs can be found on a wide variety of items, including garbage, feces, and unattended food. The smell of decaying food will attract flies and provide them with the perfect conditions to lay their eggs. If you have food that is likely to attract flies, make sure that you regularly empty trash cans, dispose of it, and replenish your food supplies.
Generally, female flies lay four or six batches of 75 to 100 eggs. These eggs hatch into flies after about 12 to 24 hours. These insects are gray in color and are about four to 7.5 millimeters long. After hatching, flies lay maggots, which are tiny pale white worms. Depending on the species, maggots may be edible.
While infestations are rarely serious, it’s important to check the source of the water and eliminate any food or debris that attract the flies. These insects can be spread through clothing and shoes, so be sure to inspect all outdoor items before bringing them inside. If you suspect a fly infestation, a specialist from a pest management company such as Orkin can find the exact location of the eggs. They can then create a strategy to eliminate it.