Similarities and Differences between Mosquitoes & Flies

From afar, it can be easy to confuse mosquitoes and common house flies. These flying insects are both small in size and feature similar dark coloring. They're both very common in the U.S. and are seen frequently hanging around homes, businesses and other areas filled with people. In fact, these flying insects share some similarities as well as some stark differences. We're going to examine both to determine what the difference truly is between mosquitoes and house flies.

What are the Similarities between Flies and Mosquitoes

The first similarity between mosquitoes and flies that must be noted is that both insects are a part of the Order Diptera. Other members of this order include midges, sand flies and blowflies. One of the most distinctive characteristics of Diptera insects is that they use only one pair of wings to fly rather than the more common two pairs. Some of them possess a second pair of wings, but these function as club-like balancers rather than fully functioning wings.

Some of the other common characteristics of Diptera insects include a large, moveable head, oversized compound eyes and an enlarged mesothorax, which is the middle segment of the thorax. These insects also have mouthparts that are designed to suck, pierce or sponge liquid diets. They also all go through complete metamorphosis and begin as legless larvae that become pupae in hardened cases.

What are the Differences between Flies and Mosquitoes

The most notable difference between mosquitoes and flies is how and what they eat. Mosquitoes' mouths are equipped with a long, needle-shaped protrusion called a proboscis. They use this proboscis to penetrate the skin of fruits and vegetation to suck the interior juices. Because the females also need nutrients found in blood in order to form eggs, they also use the proboscis to penetrate the skin of humans, mammals and birds in order to drink blood.

Flies use a different method to feed. They land on fruits, vegetables and other organic matter, and then secrete digestive juices. The juices partially digest the food outside of the fly's body so that the fly can easily lap up the product with its spongy mouthparts.

Mosquito Control and Fly Control

Another similarity between flies and mosquitoes is that they are both carriers of several different serious illnesses. While these insects are relatively harmless on their own, they carry dangerous bacteria, parasites and viruses that can infect your family and your pets. Mosquitoes pass these illnesses on through the penetration of their proboscis while flies carry contaminants on their feet. They spread germs everywhere they land, which is especially bad news if they're in your home, landing on your food.

The best way to take care of these pests is be eradicating them altogether and putting in place an effective repellant system. Our fly control service includes a multi-layer approach that utilizes fly traps as well as "kill on contact" spray. This pest control service is ideal for residential homes as well as commercial establishments, such as restaurants.

Our mosquito control service includes fogging treatments, green services, misting systems and portable mosquito control. We also offer home mosquito control products to aid the effectiveness of your mosquito service.