Flies are one of the most common insects in the UK.
Whereas the sight of a rat or a mouse can immediately cause fright, seeing flies is perfectly normal. As a result, flies are often overlooked, giving them an advantage in building their nests unnoticed.
A fly infestation can cause numerous problems for any person or business. Here’s everything you need to know about identifying and preventing them.
Where Do Flies Come From?
The term ‘fly’ actually encompasses a range of different insects, each of which has its own habitat and needs to be dealt with differently. However, the most common flies that most people encounter are the common house flies. Decaying organic matter, including fruit, food, and trash, can all attract nearby flies. They love to sniff out compost piles and rubbish bins. Bins around residences and businesses are all susceptible to interest from flies.
The other thing flies love is sugar. Accordingly, if you have fruit trees on your property, fallen fruit will often draw out flies looking for a sugary snack. If you spill any sugary or alcoholic drinks in your property, these can also attract flies if you don’t clean them away quickly. Where there are overripe fruit and sugary residue, flies will breed.
There are some flies, known as drain flies or filth flies, that seek out moist areas to lay their eggs. They take their names from the fact that they often choose drains and sewers to lay their eggs and make nests.
What Are The Most Common Signs Of A Fly Infestation?
Like other pests, the most immediate sign that you have an infestation of flies in the presence of the insects themselves. However, it is worth noting that a swarm of flies does not automatically indicate an infestation. If there is a fly nest near to your property, swarms of flies may well head over your way in search of food and sugar. In fly nests, dozens of eggs can hatch at almost exactly the same time. When this happens, the swarm of siblings will often fly away together.
If your neighbours have a flies’ nest in their home or garden, or if you live near to an allotment or food business, flies that hatch next to your property can find their way to you. No one wants to see swarms of flies in their home or business, but they don’t necessarily indicate a serious problem. Of course, the only way to be sure is to call in an expert pest control technician to make an assessment for you.
Not everyone realises that the larval stage of a fly is a maggot; many people think these are two separate organisms. But the presence of maggots indicates the presence of flies in the same way that you can’t have wild kittens without a mother rabbit or cat. People often think that maggots are formed in the decaying flesh of other organisms. In fact, you find maggots around dead things because flies lay their eggs in and around decaying matter.
You might begin to notice small dark clusters of spots on the lighter parts of your property. These clusters are small, only around the size of a pinhead or so.
What Can You Do To Prevent Them?
Flies might seem harmless enough, but they can cause several serious issues for homes and businesses. Given how common flies are (you will find them even in the cleanest and hygienic places. It is important to be clear about what risks they can present to you and your property.
You can’t put a price on your health or that of your family. If you allow a fly infestation to fester and grow unabated, it puts you and those around you at risk. For businesses, the presence of a fly infestation threatens the health of your customers and the reputation of your business. No one wants to shop with a business that is infested with flies and rife with maggots. Businesses in the food services and hospitality sectors are even more vulnerable to the negative publicity that comes from being associated with a pest infestation.
Fruit flies can also cause some unique problems of their own. Tiny fruit flies, known as bar flies, thrive on substances high in fructose. Such substances include fruit juices, alcoholic and fizzy drinks, fruity liquors, overripe fruit, and food residue in sinks and drains. Female fruit flies lay their eggs within ripening fruit or fermenting liquid. The larvae feed on the food or liquid once they hatch. If you ingest a fruit fly larvae, it can cause gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhoea. Fruit flies can also cause cross-contamination of food and drink by transferring bacteria and pathogens they come into contact with elsewhere.
Flies are often associated with dirt, death, and disease. In rural areas, they are a common sight on and around decaying animal carcasses. The reputation they have is a well-deserved one. Because flies are attracted to decaying organic matter, including food and animals, and even lay their eggs in these environments, they regularly come into contact with bacteria and other pathogens that are extremely harmful to humans. For example, flies can transmit E. Coli and salmonella from the meat and faeces they come into contact with.
How To Prevent Fly Infestations From Taking Hold
There are numerous things you can do to reduce the number of flies around your property and discourage them from forming nests. For example, many flies will make their way into your home at night through an open window.
This is particularly common in the summer months when many people sleep with windows open. Like other insects, they are attracted to the artificial light in your home after the sun goes down. Keeping your windows closed will deny them entry to your home, to begin with. If you need to have your window open, fly screens will enable air to freely flow while preventing flies and other insects from invading your property.
Another simple thing you can do to discourage flies from visiting your home is to make sure you cover any food and food debris in your kitchen. This covers food that you throw away in outdoor bins. Try to ensure that bin bags are properly tied and sealed so flies can’t access the food within.
Why You Need A Professional Pest Control Service
A fly infestation is no small matter. If you suspect that an infestation has taken hold within your home or business, you need to call in a professional pest control service as soon as possible.
Hiring a professional pest control service is the only way of ensuring that an infestation is dealt with quickly and comprehensively. If you or an amateur pest control technician doesn’t completely eradicate an infestation, it will eventually return. Bon Accord has experience handling fly infestations of every conceivable shape and size. We know what exactly needs to be done to ensure that infestations are dealt with quickly and robustly.
The British Pest Control Association has certified all our pest technicians; you can be certain they will do the job as quickly and professionally as possible. As soon as it is convenient for you, one of our pest control experts will visit your property to investigate further and confirm the issue. As well as establishing that you are definitely dealing with a fly infestation, they will also identify the type of fly you are dealing with and what we need to do to rid your property of them.
Every fly infestation is different, as is every property and property owner. At Bon Accord, we know that a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t going to cut it. You need a solution tailored to your specific circumstances. That’s where our expert pest control professionals really begin to shine. They will work with you to come up with a solution that is right for you and your needs.
Once we have agreed on a plan of action with you, you can sit back and let us take care of it. If a fly infestation has taken hold within your business, we will ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum. For businesses that have been forced to suspend business while they deal with the issue, a swift response is essential. We are familiar with all the specifics on individual sectors and the legislation that applies when fly infestations are identified. We will be sure to explain our reasoning and what we intend to do so that you can have full confidence in our plans.
Bon Accord also promises to provide the most discreet service we possibly can. If your customers and clients don’t know about an infestation and there’s no reason to alert them, we will keep our work and our purpose as quiet as possible. Finding an insect infestation can be a stressful time. We want you to have total peace of mind while we work on your business.
If you suspect a fly infestation in your residence or business, contact Bon Accord today. We will send a pest control expert out whenever is convenient for you. They will confirm the issue and work with you to identify the best course of action.
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