Are Flies Dangerous?

Blow Fly illustration

Hidden Dangers of Flies

Most of us don’t think of flies as much more than annoying bugs that require an occasional swat and good screens on the windows to keep them out of the house. But they can cause bigger problems than an irritating buzzing noise, potentially carrying diseases such as:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhoid
  • Dysentery
  • Diarrhea
  • Other food borne illnesses

Fly Dangers and Health Hazards
The mechanics of how flies spread disease isn’t pretty. They frequent areas where they can find rotting garbage and human or animal waste, and then carry germs from those areas to the food we eat.

Flies actually vomit and leave excrement on what they eat so between what they carry on their bodies and what they leave behind from within their bodies, taking necessary precautions to keep flies out of your home and food is well worth the effort.

Fly Prevention
Flies come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from tiny fruit flies, to the common house fly, to biting flies such as deer and horse flies. Many of the tiny fruit flies, to the biting species can be hard to control as they thrive in outdoor areas where water and vegetation is abundant.

However, the same precautions you can take to prevent house, fruit, and garden flies may be helpful in preventing these other species as well if you live in an area where they could be a problem.

  • Remove trash frequently and store in covered containers away from the house.
  • Keep the yard and house free of animal excrement. Clean cat litter trays frequently and always remove and discard pet excrement.
  • Repair or replace torn door and window screens.
  • Keep the garbage disposal clean and free of rotting food.
  • Avoid overwatering plants and creating areas of standing water or overly moist soil both inside and outside the house.
  • Cover exposed food and store properly.
  • Clean up spills as soon as they occur.
  • Keep your grass cut low and free of leaves and debris.
  • Avoid using chemical interventions to prevent flies and other pests.
  • Fly strips or other kinds of fly traps may be helpful, but the best thing the home owner can do is to minimize the sources for fly development. This helps cut down on the number of flies that may make their way inside, and hopefully rid you of a few that might otherwise be laying eggs and making way for the next generation.

Western can inspect your home and offer environmentally friendly tips on how to prevent flies through exclusion.

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