How to Avoid Flies and Manage their Numbers
With the exception of biting flies. Most fly species feed by regurgitating digestive fluids onto solid matter. They do this to break down the food allowing them to drink their meal through a special mouth part called a Proboscis.
Flies lay their eggs in rotting carcasses and faeces to provide the larvae, known as maggots, with a food source after they have hatched.
Why Fly Pest Control is so Important?
Flies have an important role in the food chain as they feed on waste, e.g. faecal matter and animal corpses.
They themselves are an important food source for birds, spiders, and other insects.
However, they can also pose a serious health and safety risk to humans and pets.
Due to the nature of their feeding and breeding habits, flies can contaminate whatever they land on, including food and cooking utensils.
Flies can carry bacteria from one location to another on their legs, feet, and wings.
Furthermore, flies are known to help spread diseases such as E. coli and Salmonella.
Flies are also sometimes found to carry the eggs of parasitic worms.
Whilst the lifespan of a fly is not very long and roughly 30 days or 1 month. They can lay up to 500 eggs in their short lifespans. They do so in sets of 75-100. Therefore an infestation is never far away as they can multiply extremely fast when their ideal habitat presents itself.
There are many species of flies living in the UK. Identification of fly type and an understanding of their differing habits and life cycles is important for effective, total eradication, therefore Avon Pest Control recommend you approach a professional pest control agency if you experience any problems with a fly infestation.
Whilst natural remedies, homemade traps and shop bought sprays can help to control minor nuisances and small numbers of periodic flies.
Avon Pest Control recommends seeking the knowledge and guidance of a professional pest control company for persistent difficulties to ensure a more effective, long term eradication.
If a small fly problem is not properly treated, it may turn into a more serious infestation.
The first step is to locate and treat the source of the infestation, which is usually a food source where the eggs have been laid.
If the problem isn’t dealt with at the source, you will continually be swatting adult flies, who will have laid more eggs and the infestation will continue.
Avon Pest Control can locate the source and resolve the problem before it spreads.
Prevention is Better Than Cure – Fly Pest Control Tips & Advice
Take preventative measures to reduce the chances of flies entering your property such as:
- Keep it clean.
- Regular routine cleaning of your house and drains helps to remove possible fly breeding areas.
- Remove temptation!
- Be sure to wash dishes after each meal.
- Wipe down kitchen surfaces.
- Take rubbish out daily.
- Sweep floors and clean up any spillages immediately.
- Food storage options:
- Keep food covered at all times.
- Store only in airtight zip bags or glass clip top jars with rubber seals, inside cupboards or refrigerators.
- Invest in fly screens.
- During the warmer months we tend to keep our doors and windows open, allowing in welcome fresh air and unwelcome flies.
- Fly screens for windows and doors can help prevent them from getting into your home in the first place.
- Fly sprays, fly paper, fly swatters, and bug zappers can be used to manage minor nuisances by flies that get into your home.
- Put a lid on it.
- Bins with open lids attract flies.
- Position bins away from your home with lids securely closed.
- Minimise the opportunities for the flies to lay eggs and feed.
- Stay vigilant.
- Keep an eye out for increased fly activity in and around your home, including your drains.
- Early detection can result in a more straightforward solution.
If flies are causing you a problem, give Avon Pest Control a buzz for professional advice, information, and removal or treatment pricing.