Shoo Fly…Don’t Bother Me! How to Prevent House Flies
House flies get their name because they’re the most common fly found in homes (genius, right?). They aren’t very adventurous creatures…usually staying within 2 miles of where they were born. Of course like with all species, you have you’re “wild ones” who have been known to go in search of food up to 20 miles away from their birthing place.
Unlike other beings that use their tongue to taste, house flies use their feet. And talk about a sweet tooth, errr sweet foot, house flies feet are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue. That may be “sweet” for them but it’s not so sweet for us humans. House flies have been recorded to carry over 100 kinds of disease causing germs. This can be a great threat to the health of your home. So what can you do?
How to Prevent House Flies
- Keep a clean home. Clean up spills immediately. Sweep, mop, and vacuum frequently.
- Take out the trash. Remove trash from the home on a regularly. Make sure that trash is placed in a tightly sealed garbage container.
- Keep food stored. Store food in tightly sealed containers (including pet food).
- Don’t forget the pets. Clean up pet waste. Also, don’t leave pet bowls out…flies don’t discriminate between pet food and human food.
- Cover up. If you enjoy having doors or windows open make sure to use screens to keep flies from entering.
Do you have problems with flies? Call a professional to inspect your property to find the source of your house fly infestation.
If there was an award for “Most Annoying Bug” there is a good chance that the house fly would win!! House flies are the most common type of fly found in and around homes. The adults usually live between 15-25 days but when they’re flying around your head or your food…even 15-25 seconds is too long.
House flies don’t cause damage to your property and they don’t bite but they are known to transfer over 100 diseases including malaria, salmonella, and tuberculosis. They transfer diseases and contaminate our food when they land on food and other surfaces. So not only are they annoying but they are a sanitary issue too!
The best way to get rid of flies and ensure that they stay away is to keep things clean!
Preventing House Flies:
- Keep surfaces clean and wipe up spills immediately.
- Take out the garbage regularly and be sure that trash bags and receptacles are well sealed.
- Clean up waste, including pet waste, in yard.
- Keep doors and windows closed to prevent entry. If open, use fine mesh screens.
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The early spring has brought pests out in full force and we suspect that they will not be slowing down anytime soon. Not only are bugs annoying but they’re a health concern as well.
- West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, dog heartworm – mosquitoes
- Lyme disease – ticks
- Rabies – rodents
- Allergies & Asthma – cockroaches
- Food Contamination – cockroaches, mice/rats
- Salmonella – cockroaches, house flies
- Skin irritation and rashes – lice, fleas, bed bugs, mites
- Venomous bites & stings (that can be accompanied by severe or life threatening reactions) – black widow, brown recluse, scorpion, snakes
- Painful stings (that can be accompanied by severe or life threatening reactions) – fire ants, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps
Pests can carry diseases and cause areas to be unsanitary. These are issues of concern for both homes and businesses. Even the cleanest homes can have bug problems in an environment like this. Carpenter bees, mosquitoes, ants, yellow jackets, silverfish, and other pests have recently been invading properties. If you’re in the Atlanta, Columbus, Savannah, or Nashville area, call Northwest Exterminating. Our NorPest Green program was developed exclusively by Northwest Exterminating to get rid of pests using the lowest environmental impact possible. A Northwest representative will develop a customized plan to target those pests while maintaining the health of your home.
We are strategically placed throughout Georgia and Tennessee to service all areas of Georgia as well as parts of Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina. Visit us online or call 888.466.7849 to find the location nearest you.