No one loves a fly, but they do play a vital ecological role by pollinating plants and are a food source for other creatures. However, a fly infestation can have a negative impact on humans. Flies carry diseases such as Salmonella and E. coli and can lead to food poisoning. Fly control is essential to help prevent foodborne diseases but also typhoid fever, dysentery, and rotavirus just to name a few.
Flies are a nuisance and left unchecked can mature from larva to an adult fly in as little as seven days and can lead to an infestation. When flies infest an area such as your home or even a business it is necessary to take immediate action to protect your family and patrons of your business.
An Ounce of Prevention – Preventive Actions You Can Take
Fly control prevention includes first and foremost preventing flies access.
Flyscreens – Screens will help keep flies out
Trash – Trach bins should have tightly sealed lids.
Pets – While pet feces may not be the ideal place for flies to lay their eggs, they often land on pet waste and consequently land on uncovered food. Clean up pet waste on a regular basis. If you live in a rural area where your neighbor has horses or cows flies are not selective they’ll land there too. Not very appetizing in either case.
Standing Water – Standing water is an issue for many pests such as mosquitos but also flies. Don’t leave standing water in or around your home or business. Make sure drains are kept clear of debris and reduce the risk of creating fly breeding sites.
Deny Them Access – Simply keep your windows and doors closed. If you have children who are in and out of the house on a regular basis, this can be difficult.
Cover Food – flies will land on food left uncovered and as a result spread diseases to humans when they consume the food.
Keep Food Prep Areas Clean – clear away any leftover food or spills from food preparation areas, tables, chairs, under appliances, etc.
If you have taken these preventative measures and still have issues with flies, give us a call at 256-274-1716. We will provide you with a thorough analysis of the situation and provide you with a detailed fly control plan.