Flying Insect Control
Fly infestation in your home not only contaminate foodstuffs and destroy fabrics but are the known carriers of many diseases and infections.
Commonly found species are houseflies, flesh flies, fruit flies, blowflies, sand flies and sewer flies.
Although flies pose less of a threat than mosquitoes, they carry disease causing pathogens ranging from virus and bacteria to parasitic worms. Filth flies had been reported to cause over 60 diseases including dysentery, poliomyelitis, infectious hepatitis, trachoma, conjunctivitis and salmonella.
Types of Fly Problem
There are thousands of different species of fly but the most common fly problems are caused by:
adults 6-7mm. Female houseflies lay 400-600 eggs in decaying matter or faeces which develop into maggot larvae. Attracted to any uncovered food or organic waste.
Blow Flies or Bottle Flies
Adults 6-12mm, usually metallic blue or green but can be black or grey. Significant numbers in a house will often indicate a dead animal (such as a mouse) in the property.
adults 6-10mm. Cluster flies often take shelter over the winter inside homes (such as in attics) and can occur in very large numbers in the home as they emerge in the spring.
adults 5mm. Tend to be found near still water where their larvae develop. Our guide to insect bites advises on treatment for bites.
How to keep flies away
For many species of fly including house flies and bottle flies, it is important not to attract flies with food sources or places for fly larvae to grow:
- Always cover food – flies spread diseases by landing on food before we eat it
- Clear away food and liquid spillages immediately
- Clean food debris from under kitchen appliances
- Make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids
- Keep compost enclosed and covered
- Clean up after pets – not only are faeces the perfect breeding place for flies but also somewhere a fly may land before landing on your food
Prevent flies being able to develop in standing water:
- Ensure drains are kept clear and running
- Treat drains that seem to have flies with bleach
- Ensure gutters and water gullies are not blocked
- Cover water butts with a lid
- Do not leave standing water (eg in watering cans)
- Introduce goldfish into garden ponds to eat fly larvae
Finally, you can help prevent flies entering your home:
- After dark, keep windows and doors closed or block out the light with curtains Fit
- Fit fly screens to windows especially around kitchen and waste areas