Are Flies Really That Dangerous?
November 9, 2018
Flies are one of those pests we don’t give a lot of thought to unless they get out of control. We’re used to seeing them around, both indoors and out. Sometimes one or two get into our home and, though they annoy us until we can get rid of them, they don’t really bother us.
But should they? Are flies something that we should be worried about? Are they dangerous?
There are quite a few types of flies that you’re likely to encounter in Florida. They all have some similarities and differences, so here is a quick overview of some common Florida flies.
Probably the most well-known of the flies, these black bugs are about a quarter of an inch in length and have reddish eyes. House flies are strong fliers and are commonly found in homes, barns, and food processing plants.
Green Bottle Flies
Green bottle flies, also known as blow flies, are easy to identify due to their metallic green color. They can be found anywhere there is a food source.
Horse flies are larger than their House Fly cousins and they pack a mean bite. They’re often found around horses and livestock, but also live out in the wild.
Fruit flies are sometimes overlooked in a discussion about flies because they are much smaller than other types of flies. These tiny pests love to snack on overripe produce and can often be found swarming around in your kitchen.
The Dangers Flies Bring
While each of these flies possess different characteristics, they all share one thing in common: they are dangerous. Even if they typically spend time in different places, they all manage to find the unsanitary areas wherever they are exploring. Whether it be a garbage can, a rotting animal carcass, or feces, flies will find it.
When they land and feast on these things, they pick up bacteria and pathogens on their bodies that are then transferred to everything else they land on, including you, your food, and your countertops.
As an added danger, if you are bitten by a germ-carrying Horse Fly, the site of the bite could become infected with whatever pathogens the fly is carrying.
How to Prevent Flies from Gaining Entry to Your Home
In order to keep flies out of your house and prevent the spread of disease, there are a few simple steps you can take:
- Remove your garbage frequently. This includes the garbage inside your home as well as outside your house. If you store trash in containers outdoors, make sure those containers have tightly fitting lids.
- Do not leave food out. Store food in your refrigerator or in sealed containers, including fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Keep your counters clear of spills, messes, and crumbs.
- Don’t leave dirty dishes on your counters or in the sink.
- Sweep and vacuum regularly.
- Get rid of standing water, both on your property and in your sinks. Standing water acts as a breeding ground for flies.
- Check the perimeter of your home for ways that flies could gain entry and repair or seal any that you find. Possible entry points include gaps around your windows and doors, holes in your siding, tears in screens, and cracks in your foundation.
After you've done all of the above, if you’re still experiencing a fly problem, get help from the pest control experts at Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions. We offer a variety of pest control packages to allow you to choose the one that best fits your needs. By eliminating your fly infestation, we can also help make sure other pests that enjoy eating flies don’t also get inside.
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