Flies and Fly Control
Commonly found in the UK, flies are an irritating pest but in significant numbers, they present a health risk. They are a known disease vector for food poisoning and cholera, as well as dysentery and typhus in hotter climates, where sanitation is poor.
Some flies bite their host in order to feed and these bites may result in infection, in both humans and livestock.
How flies spread disease
Flies are effective disease carriers. They are attracted to decaying matter, to feed and lay their eggs. They pick up bacteria and parasites from this source, contaminating food and drink when they feed. Flies feed by vomiting saliva over the food source, walking in it and then eating the resultant liquid food. The contamination results from the fly’s saliva and feet.
Flies can be dealt with using DIY methods in your home or business, such as electric fly killers but if you suspect a fly infestation, it is necessary to use a professional pest control service to remove the flies, their young and prevent further infestation occurring.
Life cycle of a fly
There are many fly species and some have a short life cycle from egg to full adult maturity, this can occur in a week, making the possibility of unmanageable fly numbers occurring within a short time scale.
The fly has a four stage life cycle, in common with many insects:
To effectively control flies, it is necessary to understand their life cycle and the following factors for fly control purposes:
- Type of fly – Do they bite, carry parasitic worm eggs?
- Seasonality – Do they die or hibernate in the colder months of the year?
- Habits – Do they breed, feed and live on decaying matter?
Common disease spreading flies in the UK
The House fly has a grey thorax and yellowy abdomen. They are usually 5-8 mm long and breed in decaying vegetable matter, found in open dustbins. Flies can mature in under a week, in the most favourable conditions. Flies rest on walls and furniture in the house but prefer to be close to a food source. Adult flies can live up to thirty days. Fly Control is important to avoid the spread of disease.
The Bluebottle fly has a blue, iridescent body that resembles coloured glass. Similar in many ways to house flies, except they are larger. Attracted to decaying flesh, the female lays her eggs in meat derived products. The partially matured eggs hatch quickly. Commonly found near dustbins and on carcasses of dead rodents or birds.
Control of flies
Control small infestations by spraying breeding grounds, such as dustbins with household insecticides. Kill adult flies by using fly papers, coated with insecticide or sprayed. Electric fly killers, which attract the insect by using ultra violet light, are effective in food kitchens.
Large infestations may need professional removal and preventative measures to prevent the flies returning. Call us today on 0800 690 6920 for help tackling your fly infestation and also for advice on preventing flies.
Remedy: Scrupulous hygiene and prompt disposal of all refuse will discourage flies. Windows may be fitted with fly screens. Food should be kept covered. Dustbins should be sited away from doors and windows, have tight-fitting lids and be sprayed or dusted inside and beneath with a household insecticide in warm weather.
Flykiller aerosols will kill flies quickly and sticky flypapers are also available.
There are also ultra-violet electric flykillers suitable for food premises.
Flies Pest Control
The house fly has a gray thorax with 4 dark, longitudinal stripes.There are so many devices to kill the flies.
Flyswatter usually consists of a small rectangular or round sheet (some 4 inches (10 cm) across) of lightweight, flexible, vented material (usually thin metallic, rubber, or plastic mesh), attached to a lightweight wire or plastic handle about 1 foot (0.30 m) to 2 feet (0.61 m) long.Fly gun a derivative of the flyswatter, uses a spring-loaded plastic projectile to mechanically “swat” flies.Fly bottle,Disposable fly traps,
Flypaper (also known as fly paper, fly sticker, fly strip, fly ribbon, or fly tape) attracts flies to sticky adhesive so that they can be trapped.Electric flyswatter are hand-held devices that resemble badminton rackets or tennis rackets, which became popular worldwide in the late 1990s. US Patent 5,519,963 was awarded to Taiwanese inventor Tsao-i Shih in 1996 for such a device.