There are over 120,000 species of flies worldwide. Many are considered pests because they pose a health risk to humans, pets and livestock.
Flies can infest your home or business and spread diseases like Salmonella and E. coli. A few species may even bite humans and animals.
Stopping flies getting into your property is never easy. If a small fly problem is left uncontrolled, it has the potential to turn into a serious fly infestation. Some fly species are able to mature from eggs to adults in just seven days. There are simple ways you can identify the signs of a fly infestation and reduce the need for fly control.
Taking a proactive approach to get rid of flies will also help you avoid more costly treatments to eliminate flies if an infestation becomes more serious.
Are you finding far too many flies?
House flies leave dark faecal and regurgitation spots on wall surfaces where they rest.
With a preference for resting on light-coloured surfaces, these spots can be quite noticeable when fly numbers are high.
Maggots are baby flies or the larval stage of a fly. The top causes of maggots in or around your home include improperly stored rubbish, excess dog faeces, etc. When the eggs hatch, the maggots burrow into the material and begin to eat until their next metamorphic stage.
TOO MANY FLIES
Noticing a few noisy flies may not mean you have an infestation. However, it should act as a warning sign to take some preventative action and it is important to act quickly if you see an unusually large number of flies.
Houseflies are found almost everywhere people live, and a housefly infestation may not be a major concern, but it can spread disease. There are many safe and easy ways to prevent infestations or get rid of them when they happen.
Protecting your PROFITS and people's PERCEPTIONS
Any business can be victim to a flurry of flies, but it is of utmost importance if operating in the food service or health and hygiene industries. Dealing with any pest infestation must be done properly to avoid any negative impact on reputation and revenue.
COMMON SPECIES OF FLY
House flies are major carriers of disease and can infest all types of premises. They are attracted to all types of food, including human food, pet food, animal feed, food waste and even faeces. Seeing adult flies is usually the most common sign of activity and a potential problem.
Bluebottle flies (also known as blowfly) can often be seen hovering around dustbins. These scavengers are attracted to pet faeces and dead animals and as such are known carriers of disease.
Their name originates from their iridescent colours that are similar to coloured bottles.
Cluster flies are commonly found in quiet, undisturbed parts of your home, such as attics and wall voids. They require warm places to hibernate over winter.
You may see a large group of cluster flies around a window, as they are attracted to the light on sunny winter days.
When tackling a fly infestation it is important to find the source and remove it.
If you can't remove the source then it will have to be treated with an insecticide.