As anyone who has tried to enjoy a bbq or a day outside in our beautiful surroundings, flies can be a serious nuisance. Unfortunately, they can also be a dangerous health risk, for both humans and animals, and it can be the case that having a few flies buzzing around can be the sign of a larger infestation around a property.
Warmer weather is known to bring on swarms of flies because it can speed up their life cycle, and at 30 degrees Celsius, a fly can go from egg and maggot to adult fly in under 10 days. Intervening in or preventing this life cycle is critical to ensure you and your family are protected from these pests over the Spring and Summer months.
Pest Ex are one of Queensland’s most experienced pest control companies, and have been helping keep homes and businesses fly-free for over a decade. Their environmentally friendly treatment products are designed to eradicate fly infestations, as well help prevent future outbreaks of the pest.
Contact Pest Ex today to find out how they can help you become fly-free this Summer!
Common Problems With Flies
There are many different types of species of flies in Queensland, and there are good reasons why people consider most them to be at best, a nuisance and at worst, a health hazard. Let’s look at the main reasons why many varieties of flies are considered a pest that requires professional removal and treatment:
- The common house fly (Musca Domestica) will target food in various forms, including any food waste, pet food and animal feed. In order to digest the food, they must first regurgitate the liquid from their stomachs as it helps to break it down into material they can ingest. Because these and other species such as Fruit Flies and Flesh Flies are particularly attracted to faeces and rotting material, they can also easily transfer this to any food or food utensils that are lying around, leaving dangerous food poisoning bacteria such as Salmonellosis behind.
- House flies will breed in rubbish bins and in any waste that is left lying around, leading to outbreaks of maggots in the area.
- Bush Flies are attracted to saliva, sweat and tears of large animals and humans, sometimes leading to eye infections.
- The bite of certain species of biting flies such as March Flies can cause allergic reactions, and there can be complications caused by blood loss for livestock.
Flies And Disease
Apart from the transmission of bacteria from flies to food and utensils, they can also transfer viral diseases such as hepatitis A. It is also suspected that flies play a role in transferring the following diseases to humans and animals:
Considering the risks, it’s easy to see why people turn to professional help at the first sign of flies in their homes or businesses. Call Pest Ex today for fast service and a safe and effective fly solution.
Checking For A Fly Infestation
Luckily flies can be easy to spot and identify, however finding their main breeding spots can be more difficult. At the first sign of flies, you should:
- Check around your property for large numbers of flies buzzing around, especially around rubbish and compost bins, any standing pools of water or water logged waste including guttering, pot plant containers and tyres. Breeding spots may have signs of maggots and pupae.
- Look for small dark dots that may indicate fly detritus inside the property. These clusters may appear at at the top of walls and near light fittings, as well as in hard to get at areas such as next to drains and sinks.
Killing a few flies with insect spray might get rid of the problem on a short term basis, but it will do nothing to stop the breeding cycle and prevent a full scale infestation of flies at your property. Proper identification of the flies and appropriate treatment is important to ensure that one or two flies hovering around your bbq won’t turn into a health issue.