Biting Flies — Yes, It’s That Time Again
The biting fly season is about to begin, and that means quality outdoor living just tanked.
How Do Biting Flies Find You?
Biting flies find you visually. They target larger, warm-blooded creatures such as deer, elk, horses, cattle, and people. They also pest livestock such as sheep and goats.
Their vision is not great, but they can track movement, and they do.
They also can follow your chemtrail. Yes, you have a chemtrail. Every time you breathe, you exhale carbon dioxide. Deer flies and horse flies can track you through sensors on their antenna and hone in until they find you.
So, biting flies can track you visually and through chemical trails that we never really knew were there.
Why Do All Biting Flies Love You?
Well, they don’t. That is not to say you are not a lovely person. It is a fact that male biting flies only consume plant sap. They are sapsuckers. It s the female biting fly that bits us and drinks our blood.
Physiologically, she needs warm blood to power her gestation. The protein in blood is rich, and she uses it to develop healthy eggs and then lay them.
When Does Biting Fly Season End?
Generally, this massive category of flies emerges in mid-spring. The females spend time hunting and developing eggs. She may produce five-six clutches if the seasonal conditions are good—the adults’ die-off from mid-to late-June through mid-July.
The lifecycle of most biting flies goes from egg to larvae, to pupa, to adult. So, by the time the adults have emerged and biting fly season begins, the fly is at the end of its lifecycle. If the female is successful, she will produce around 900 eggs through those five-six gestation periods.
What that means is that next year, that one female biting fly will send out into the world upwards of 900 new biting flies.
That’s 300-900 new biting flies from just one female. How many female biting flies are out there? It’s anyone’s guess.
The Insect Lifecycle
We say there is a biting fly season, but the sad fact is that biting flies are here year-round. They are not in adult form. The eggs and larvae survive in the moist soil around boggy areas. That is why year-round pest control services are so important. Remember those 900 eggs the female biting fly laid? With year-round pest control, we begin to take them down each time they change into another segment of their lifecycle — Egg, larvae, pupa, adult.
Controlling biting flies is very difficult, but not impossible.
We offer monthly pest control service contracts so you can control most pests year-round. We also provide emergency and same-day pest control service calls. Our rates are affordable, and our service is efficient. We work in a safe and educated way so that your home and yard remain safe for children and pets.
We provide quality pest control services at affordable prices throughout the Bryan and College Station communities.