How do fly infestation become such a problem, and so quickly?
A single fly will be attracted to an area by a food source, usually a high protein, decaying item – rotting food in a bin, or a dead animal or bird, for example. This single fly can lay hundreds of eggs on this rotting carcass or item; in turn, more flies will be attracted and they lay eggs and so the cycle continues. The adult fly lives for less than 2 weeks but in this time, will have laid hundreds of eggs!
Getting rid of flies
Although you can swat at them, hang fly traps and spray fly-killing treatments, unless you find the source and deal with that, you will continue to be plagued by flies.
An adult fly will lay up to 250 eggs on a decaying piece of food, laying eggs every day of its short life. After 24 hours, these small eggs will look like the small, squirming maggots that so many of us find repulsive; 5 days later these maggots are pupae that, within another 2 to 3 days will emerge as more flies. This cycle continues until the food source is removed!
Find the source: find the problem
There are several ‘common’ places to look…
- The dustbin, recycling area, compost bins all present rich pickings for the fly
- You may also be looking for a dead animal or bird, not a pleasant task and so, if you identify that it is not the bin or other recycling receptacles, calling in a pest control firm will mean that you don’t have this unpleasant task!
Once identified, this source needs dealing with…
The importance of dealing with flies
On the face of it, the fly looks like it can’t harm us; they don’t sting or bite and represent a huge nuisance as they buzz around us and our food.
But, flies hold a hidden danger in the way that it eats. A fly lands on food but is unable to digest solid food, hence it regurgitates the food and then liquefies it. But, as they feed on food, they also defecate on it and this mixing of food with waste products is then spread by them over our food, work surfaces and anything else they land on.
Living with a fly infestation can make us very ill, contributing to the spread of germs and bacteria that causes us stomach upsets.
Can you deal with a fly infestation yourself?
If you can immediately identify the source and remove it, then it is a possibility but, in some cases, the food source of the hordes of flies is not immediately apparent. It can also be a combination of factors and buying in the help of a professional pest control technician can be a great help.
Prevention IS better than cure!
Regular cleaning – bins and other recycling bins, should be cleaned on a regular basis with a strong, effective cleaner; this stops the build-up of food and other decaying matter that can attract flies
- Seal it! – many local authorities provide households with bins for waste food; always place any food in the bags supplied, ensuring they are tightly sealed. Also, make sure that bin lids fit tightly too.
- Don’t let flies in – some people find that they are plagued by flies in the summer due to the surrounding environment; netting over doorways and hanging, sticky fly traps by the door or open window can help with stopping them entering your property
- Check the drains – the build-up of detritus in drains can not only cause an unpleasant smell but also attract flies; keep drains clean and running freely
- Pick it up! – cat and dog faeces in the garden can also be very attractive to flies; pick it up as soon as you can, disposing of it in sealed bags in the bin; washing the yard down on a regular basis with an environmentally friendly disinfectant can also help keep flies at bay 9and your neighbours will thank you too!)
- In the kitchen… – if you are leaving doors and windows open, make sure that no food is left out where flies can have access to it; seal it or put in the fridge, cupboards etc.
Flies are a nuisance and a danger to our health!
If you feel you have tried everything, but you still seem to have a lot of unwanted flies in or around your property, we can help. One phone call is all it takes!