Flies are incredibly successful creatures. Across the world there are more than 120,000 species of flies, most of which are harmless. Some are considered pests because they put human health at risk, infesting your home or business premises and spreading nasty diseases like Salmonella and E. coli. Some flies bite humans.
A fly infestation is often an indicator that something else is wrong. Some flies lay their eggs in meat or decaying food, letting you know there’s rotten material around that needs to be dealt with. A fly lives around 30 days and within that time a female can lay between 400-600 eggs. This alone means an infestation can happen fast, out of nowhere. Maggots are a clear indicator of a fly breeding ground. If you are regularly infested with lots of flies, it makes sense to find and deal with it.
You can deal with minor fly problems yourself, taking a proactive approach. If you leave it too long, you could end up with a problem that requires expert help. Serious fly infestations tend to happen because they breed and mature so quickly. Some flies transform from egg to adult within a week.
About flies in Britain
Britain’s most common flies are the housefly, bluebottle, fruit fly and mosquito. The house fly, bluebottle and fruit fly are not dangerous in themselves, but fruit flies thrive on rotten fruit and bluebottles love rotting foodstuffs and even excrement, which they will walk on before walking on your food or skin.
Mosquitoes can bite humans and leave itchy lumps behind, which can take a few days to fade and itch most in the evenings. So far we don’t have malaria-carrying mosquitoes in this country, but with climate change and international travel it could easily happen in future. In fact the ECDC – The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control – already see mosquito borne diseases as an ’emerging threat’ as the climate warms and gets wetter. Madeira in Portugal, for example, suffered its first ever Dengue fever outbreak in 2012-13 thanks to mosquitoes imported by human travellers.
Dealing with flies yourself
There are several easy ways to deal with a fly problem yourself, including plenty of good fly killing products you can buy at any good hardware store or online outlet. But if you sell food to the public, for example a restaurant or pub, or you run a wholesale food service business, you need to take great care with the chemicals you use.
How to reduce the risk of a fly infestation
• Flies can’t survive without moisture, so control it by mending leaks and fixing blocked drains
• Always cover food so flies can’t get at it and won’t be tempted to lay their eggs nearby
• Empty your bins regularly before they start to smell
• Keep sinks and food preparation areas spotlessly clean
• If you run a commercial operation, fit fly screens to your windows and keep the windows and doors closed at night. You could also have a fly killer unit installed
• Bird feeders are a prime location for flies, who love the amp and waste. Keep yours clean
• Flies love mess. So remove clutter, especially in at-risk areas like kitchens and bathrooms, so they aren’t encouraged
• If you have cats, keep an eye open for dead animals and birds brought into the house then hidden. A fly infestation often happens when a cat has brought in and discarded and dead animal, or part of one, behind a cupboard or under the furniture
• If your building has suffered a rat or mouse problem, dead rats and mice can attract flies
What does a serious infestation look like?
If the flies keep coming back, or their numbers keep increasing, it makes sense to get the professionals in. We can help you by eliminating adult flies and maggots, and finding and removing their breeding grounds.
Our expert technicians are all properly BPCA certified and will target the treatment to the type of flies, able to identify the right treatment for the species that are giving you problems. Sometimes we even use parasitic wasps, which act as a natural biological control. And, of course, we provide practical advice about preventing fly infestations in the future.
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