Fly Control: A Matter of Health
Flies during summertime are as common as cool lemonade and swimming pools. Who hasn’t swatted away the occasional fly? But if you find yourself battling more than the occasional pest, for the sake of your family’s health, you should consider stronger control methods.
Flies are pests that are considered more of a nuisance than a threat. But that is the wrong approach to take. For example, flies carry more diseases than roaches do. The very nature of a fly makes an infestation so dangerous to the home. A fly’s system of feeding creates unsanitary conditions from both inside and outside its body. In order to feed, a fly will regurgitate a bit of the contents of its stomach onto the food, which helps dissolve the food.
As they walk, flies leave fecal deposits behind. They tend to breed in feces and filth, leading many health experts to declare the lowly, common house fly one of the most dangerous pests in the world! This should certainly make us pause if flies are lighting on our food! An infestation of flies multiplies this problem exponentially.
Unfortunately, the flies you see in the air are only about 15% of the population you probably already have. The rest are unhatched. Adult flies can lay as many as 2400 eggs in a lifetime, all of them hatching within 7 to 10 days. Additionally, because their flight patterns can range from 2 to 20 miles, just because you don’t have the right conditions to create a fly infestation doesn’t mean that an area near you doesn’t. The flies you see may well be result of other areas.
Finding a pest control management system that does not solely rely on a chemical solution is critical. As a homeowner, you may be tempted to simply invest in a few cans of store-bought spray and take care of the problem on your own. Unfortunately, flies can develop an immunity to certain common chemical treatments, just leading to a more resistant and stronger population of flies.
Proper fly control methods can include biological disruptions that attack the fly at various stages of growth and development. Qualified experts can help home owners get rid of fly infestations, but they can often do much more than that. A pest control expert can also advise you on sanitation and food storage efforts to help reduce the risk of disease from flies.