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Problems Flies Bring to Port St. Lucie

August 24, 2018

Summer is in full swing here in Port St. Lucie and flies are booming. They're buzzing around in the yard. They're buzzing around exterior trash cans. And they're buzzing around inside our homes. If you're wondering how those flies are getting in, here is a quick resource for you. But if you are more interested in learning what dangers they present, read on.

green bottle fly

According to Penn State University, house flies are strongly linked to the spread of at least 65 human pathogens. They list typhoid fever, poliomyelitis, cholera, dysentery, tularemia, yaws, leprosy, and tuberculosis as just some of them. This is because flies are drawn to dirty locations. They are as at home in a pile of rotting fish as they are on your peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

All flies are not created equal. Some are less of a disease threat than others, and many are not nearly as dangerous as house flies in terms of the pathogens they can carry. In our service area, the flies we see most are fruit flies, horse flies, stable flies, green bottle flies, humpback flies, and, of course, house flies.

Fruit Flies

These flies are not a significant health threat but they are able to spread harmful bacteria from unsanitary locations to food prep surfaces, dishes, and food. Because of their ability to breed rather quickly, these flies can become a nuisance

Horse Flies

These flies bite with their saw-like mouthparts and bites can be painful. They are mostly a threat to horses, cattle, livestock, dogs, and cats but they bite people as well. For people who have an allergy, a bite from a horsefly can lead to anaphylaxis.

Stable Flies

These flies are vectors for blood-borne zoonotic diseases and are known to negatively affect cattle and livestock. They are not considered a strong vector for human pathogens.   

Green Bottle Flies

These flies are drawn to dead and decaying organic matter and often lay their eggs in the wounds of animals. This can present a serious threat to a pet that has an open sore. They are also a significant threat to humans and are able to spread E. coli, dysentery, TB, typhoid, anthrax, and many more pathogens. In fact, this fly is considered by many to be the greatest disease threat among flies.

Humpback Flies

Also called phorid flies, these flies breed in plumbing, which exposes them to harmful bacteria. This makes them a vector for germs, bacteria, and pathogens.

Flies aren't just a problem for homeowners in Port St. Lucie, they also impact businesses. We recently spoke on this topic here.

Whether you are a resident or a business owner, fly control should be a part of your pest control plan. If you'd like to learn more about fly control and how it fits into a year-round pest control program, drop us a line. We'd be happy to answer your questions.


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