At this time of year when you are in your home or business premises, flies can be a real nuisance as they go about their business, buzzing away. At first we often try simply to ignore them. If, however, you begin to notice flies in large numbers, it might be a sign that you are facing the problem of infestation. This requires professional fly control. These little critters can cause potential harm by contaminating food, spreading and transmitting disease (including Salmonella and E, Coli), and sometimes, in the case of some species, biting humans and animals.
If you do notice them in large numbers and they are negatively interfering with your business or your life at home, act quickly. When you have identified a fly problem, there are ways to act towards ridding your home or business premises of them. Practical, cost-free changes around your premises can help deter flies. The simple measure of doing some thorough deep cleaning is one action. Using inexpensive DIY fly products is another. These may take up your time when installing them, but they might help.
A fly’s lifetime is around 30 days, during which a female will lay between 400-600 eggs. Bearing this in mind indicates how quickly a small problem can escalate into a large infestation if no action is taken.
Once you have identified a problem, we advise that you take the following simple measures to get rid of flies and reduce their numbers on your property.
Tips to help prevent flies:
Cover Food – any morsel of food, even crumbs, can be attractive to flies and can encourage them to lay eggs within close proximity. Leftovers of meals ought to be carefully covered up. Contact between flies and your food is the main cause of food contamination.
Control moisture – make sure that leaking taps have been fixed and that blocked drains where water can gather have been unblocked. Flies need moisture in order to multiply. Cover up water butts with firmly fitting lids in order to deny access to the flies. Make sure that there is no standing water, i.e. in watering cans. If you have pond in the garden of your home or business premises, introduce goldfish. They will eat the fly larvae
Cover over entry points – Deny access to the flies. Fit fly screens to windows (especially around areas where there is kitchen waste), keep windows and doors shut at night and consider installing a fly killer unit. Make sure that the curtains are drawn at night so that the flies are not drawn to the lights.
Maintain hygiene – ensure that your bins, food areas and sinks are clean. Make sure that all external dustbins and internal bins have firmly fitting lids.
Remove clutter – rid your home or business premises of clutter inside and outside in the gardens. Messy sites could be a potential breeding site. Where general mess can be found, flies often follow as such sites can be ideal for breeding
Bird feeders – Ensure that your garden bird feeders are clean and that bird food has been removed before dusk.
Pet faeces – clean up after your pets. Faeces are an ideal breeding location and REMEMBER they may land there before landing on your food.
Dead flies – remove dead flies that you find around your home or business premises. These provide nutrition for other pests such as carpet beetles: you don’t want those critters hanging around!