Do Flies Carry Diseases?

Diseases That Flies Can Have

The common house fly carries over 100 pathogens, and is capable of spreading numerous diseases to humans.

List of House Fly Diseases:

  • E. coli
  • Anthrax
  • Food poisoning
  • Cholera
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Typhoid fever

Common House Fly:
House Fly

Other species such as deer flies, biting midges, and black flies also transmit several life-threatening diseases.

Infections:
Flies also cause a number of intestinal, eye, and skin infections by living in close proximity to humans.

How Flies Transmit Diseases

Flies spread diseases in one of two ways.

Feces/Vomit:
The most common method of disease transmission is through fly feces and vomit. When flies come into direct contact with surfaces like food or kitchen counters, they excrete bodily fluids and leave behind pathogens.

Humans who eat contaminated food or food that’s been prepared on a contaminated surface are then susceptible to disease.

Bites:
The second way is through bite. Fly bites break skin and transfer pathogens into the blood stream.

Prevention & Control

Individuals reduce the likelihood of contracting diseases from flies by employing methods of habitat modification and deterring the pests from infesting homes.

Eliminate breeding sites:

  • Clean up animal feces
  • Wash carpets regularly
  • Dispose of rotting fruits and vegetables

Keeps flies outside:

  • Use electric fans
  • Use fly traps
  • Place screens over doors and windows

If prevention fails, homeowners should contact Western Pest experts to quickly and safely eradicate fly infestations.

More information on Western Pest Fly Control.

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