From egg to adult, house flies live anywhere from two weeks to one month. A female fly lays 75 to 100 eggs at a time. The eggs hatch a day later into tiny, legless worms called maggots. The maggot stage lasts 14 to 36 hours.
A:Get rid of cockroaches by taking away their food supply, eliminating hiding places, drying up standing water and using poison. Sealing cracks and other openings to the outside prevents them from entering your home.
A:The best way to control stink bugs is to prevent them from entering buildings by sealing up any cracks or other possible points of entry, according to Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences. Applying an exterior pesticide may also help prevent infestations.
A:Roach poisons may use a number of different active ingredients, but two of the most common are Hydramethylnon and Fipronil. Hydramethylnon is more thorough, contaminating the bodily fluids of any roach that consumes it to ensure that the poison spreads throughout the colony. Fipronil is less thorough but works faster.
A:Even if a home is kept clean and sanitary, it is possible to pick up cockroaches outside of the home, such as at a store or at work, since the insects can travel in bags, briefcases, packages or potted plants. Roaches can also get in through pipes or open doors. Once inside of a home, roaches are very good at hiding and getting into hard to reach spaces.
A:Cicadas can be found all around the world and are known to live on every continent except Antarctica. There are more than 720 species of cicadas in North America and more than 2,000 species worldwide.
A:A mosquito zapper uses pheromones and gases to attract mosquitoes and biting flies into an electrically charged enclosure where the current electrocutes the bug. This device magnifies a small current of electricity into a charged area that when crossed, causes the bug to be zapped.
A:To prevent fruit flies, it is important to toss out any fruit that is starting to rot, empty and clean trash bins regularly, rinse dishes clear of food and clean out your garbage disposal regularly. You should also wipe the areas near bowls of fruit, the bottoms of trash cans and any cracks in the floorboards with an all-purpose cleaner to rid the area of organic matter that attracts fruit flies.
A:To get rid of big flies, thoroughly clean your home, paying special attention to your kitchen. Ensure that there are no open waste disposal containers, repair broken window screens, and seal off all openings that allow flies to enter your home. Use basic fly traps, fly bait or insecticide sprays to kill the adult flies in your home.
A:Centipedes travel by moving both their legs and their bodies. Each individual leg engages in a cycle of moving forward, gripping the substrate, pulling the body forward and then lifting off the ground and moving forward again. At the same time, a centipede's body moves in an undulating manner, which helps increase the length of the arthropod’s stride and helps increase its speed.
A:Removing moths from a closet involves a multistep process of ensuring that the clothes are clean, vacuuming carpets and storing wool clothes in airtight containers. The time to complete the initial removal often requires several days, and keeping the closet free of moths is an ongoing process.
A:Preventative measures that may be taken to keep bees from a yard consist of making sure garbage cans are sealed, eliminating standing pools of water, and planting marigolds, red dianthus or geraniums around the yard. Natural bee repellent can be made by combining banana peels, sugar, vinegar and water in a 2-liter bottle or by cramming mothballs into old pantyhose.
A:Rhinoceros beetles are herbivorous and consume fruit, nectar and sap. The larvae consume the decaying matter of plants. They are sometimes called Hercules beetles because they can lift 850 times their own weight.
A:From egg to adult, house flies live anywhere from two weeks to one month. A female fly lays 75 to 100 eggs at a time. The eggs hatch a day later into tiny, legless worms called maggots. The maggot stage lasts 14 to 36 hours.
A:Homemade wasp traps are easily constructed with a few common household items, according to Horizon Services. Orange juice, jam and a jar with a lid are all that is necessary to build an effective wasp trap.
A:Spray products that control grasshopper infestations include Bug Patrol spray by Safer Brand and Ortho's Bug B Gon insect killer. Another spray product that controls grasshopper infestations is Dupont's Asana XL.
A:Gnats may enter homes through windows and doors that are near moist outdoor areas, such as wet mulch, says University of Missouri Extension. Commonly referred to as fruit flies, gnats are attracted to light and fungus caused by moisture in soil and overripe fruits and vegetables, notes HowStuffWorks.
A:The most effective way to get rid of moths is to combine various methods to ensure removal of both adults and larvae. Locate the main area of infestation, and use traps to eliminate adults. Vacuum regularly to clean up the larvae, wash everything stored in the area, and clean the affected area thoroughly.