Food is a major attraction to flying insects. Flies are prolific breeders and feed on waste and excrement. They will then transfer this to human food, causing a wide range of gastro-enteric illnesses and food poisoning organisms.
Despite how common it is to have flies surrounding your home, they should be dealt with by a professional pest control team, as they can be carriers of diseases.
Common fly questions:
Why do I need pest control to deal with flies?
A fly landing on your food can seem insignificant, but flies defecate every four to five minutes on average and are infamous for carrying more than 100 pathogens, carrying diseases like typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera and dysentery. Considering how often the common household fly interacts with your food, they can pose a major threat to the wellbeing of people in your home or business and should be handled accordingly by expert technicians.
Where is the source of the problem?
A female fly can lay up to 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. They often prefer laying their eggs in damp areas in close vicinity to their food supply. The fly progresses quickly, as after 24 hours the egg quickly become larvae.
How can I prevent flies coming into my house?
- By getting rid of food sources, like garbage, animal carcasses, manure and compost heaps.
- Keep your home free of exposed food.
- Search outside the house as well, as food sources up to 800 metres away can attract flies.
- Srub and remove dark spots on the floors and walls, which have been left by flies; these can attract other flies into the home.
- Frequently clean and wash your rubbish bins
- Garbage should be cleared no less than twice a week