5 DIY Remedies to Keep Fruit Flies Away

Fruit flies are a nuisance. Imagine yourself enjoying a meal and then suddenly, you are being swarmed by tiny insects trying to have a taste of your food.

Not only are they an annoyance, they also pose threats to you and your family as they carry diseases by contaminating food with E. Coli and Coliform bacteria that are both very harmful to the health. Read more

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Getting Rid Of Flies To Avoid Illnesses

Although our team members at Defence Pest Management have dealt with all sorts of pests, flies always top the list of the most annoying pests for homeowners. Most people would probably agree, since their year-round visits to your home might send you endlessly swatting left and right just to get rid of them.

But besides their nuisance value, the greater concern about the presence of flies is the illnesses they bring and the health threats to your family. Flies mainly feed on rubbish, manure, decaying carcasses and food leftovers, which increase their risk of carrying and transmitting diseases from household to household.

Diseases from Flies

Diseases spread by flies are not something you can neglect, especially when the transmission takes place, most of the time, through food intake. This happens easily because flies can defecate on the food they are feeding on, so anything left lying around in the kitchen can be a medium for transmitting illnesses.

Aside from this, the feet and hairy legs of flies can also be a source of bacteria, which can contaminate anything that it comes in contact with, including foods that humans might later be consuming.

Specifically, diseases spread by flies include cholera, salmonella and parasitic worms.

How Infestation Occurs

Flies breed quite rapidly, with the female laying her eggs on decaying animal flesh or animal manure. The eggs can come in hundreds and they hatch quickly into maggots. They burrow themselves into the soil as pupae and develop into adults in less than 25 days. As they emerge as adults, they will immediately find a mate and continue to breed. As the process continues, their numbers will eventually continue to grow if left unmanaged.

Their growth is speeded up with the warmth of summer. And if your property is located close to woody areas where there are animal carcasses nearby, or if there are dead birds in the ceiling or roof areas, then it can easily attract fly infestation into your property.

Managing Fly Infestation

While you may easily get rid of one or two flies in your house every now and then, when an infestation begins, it will be difficult to get rid of them. Because of this, we advise homeowners to have their properties inspected as soon as they notice that flies frequent their homes more often and in larger numbers.

Our team will help you find their breeding ground, which we will remove and clear up. Other pest management techniques may also be recommended to prevent flies from coming back and infesting your property.


Household Pest Control: How to Manage Flies

Flies are a common household pest which may require pest management services year round. These household pests are not only a nuisance and annoyance to both humans and animals, but they also pose a serious health threat. This is because flies live and feed on things such as animal excrement, decaying animal carcasses, and food waste. Flies can spread diseases such as salmonella, parasitic worms, and cholera. When flies are feeding, they defecate on the food on which they are feeding. This means that food left on kitchen counters or in open containers could potentially be contaminated by flies in the home. Because flies reproduce quite rapidly, it is important that homeowners quickly get a fly problem under control.

Flies Commonly Infesting Homes

They type of fly with which most homeowners in Australia have to deal is the green blowfly. The green blowfly is metallic green in colour and 12mm or less in length. This insect makes a loud buzzing sound when it flies, which makes its presence in a home quite evident. While the blowfly is most active during the summer months, these flies may also be found in homes during the winter months as well. Blow flies typically develop in feeding mediums such as food waste, manure, or other animal materials such as decaying carcasses.

How Infestations Develop

Green blowflies generally breed on decaying flash or animal excrement. Dead animals around the home such as birds and mice or left over food scraps may attract blowflies. Flies lay eggs in batches of 100 to 200, and these eggs will hatch within a day. The life cycle of the fly is: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. From the time the egg is laid, it takes about 20 days for the fly to become an adult. The life cycle of the fly is usually 5 weeks or less.

Pest Management Techniques

Because blowflies have several food sources on which they breed and because they can reproduce quickly, managing blowflies can be quite challenging for homeowners. A pest inspection may be required in order for homeowners to determine the source of the fly infestation. Once the source has been located and removed, proven pest control techniques can then be used to eradicate the infestation. One weakness of the green blowfly is its tendency to rest during the night-time. A pest control method that is effective at eliminating fly infestations is treating services on which flies will rest while they are inactive. Baits will also produce desired results.