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.