Have you ever walked into a restaurant hoping to enjoy a good meal, only to be greeted by flies? What was your first response? Most people would turn right around and walk out. Why? Because flies go hand and hand with unclean environments. That being said, why is it that so many homeowners ignore flies in their own Pittsburgh homes? Are they any less of a bad sign when they are buzzing around your kitchen? To find out, today we will be breaking down how dangerous flies really are, and giving you some advice that you can use to keep flies away.
Common Flies In Pittsburg
There are over 120,000 species of flies around the world, fortunately, only two types of flies are known for invading homes here in Pittsburgh. Specifically, we have house flies and fruit flies. House flies are your typical fly, the ones you have seen in movies with dark grey bodies, red beady eyes, 6 legs, and a hunger for anything gross. Fruit flies are a bit different in appearance. For one they are much smaller ⅛ inch long compared to the house flies ¼ inch length. Fruit flies are also tan in color and have a lighter abdomen.
Why Flies Invade Homes
All flies care about is eating and reproducing. If your residence has foods or drinks they can enjoy, then you can be sure they will do anything possible to get inside and make themselves at home. Fruit flies, in particular, have a knack for laying their eggs on fruit and letting homeowners like you do all the heavy lifting to get them into your home. Once inside, flies will buzz around and eat anything edible including garbage, excrement, and even the food right out of your hand.
How Dangerous Are Flies?
There is a reason people wash their hands after using the restroom, handling unclean materials, or dealing with uncooked meats. The problem with flies is that they do not. Flies will walk over all forms of dead organisms, through trash, and on top of fecal matter without a care in the world. As you could guess this lack of cleanliness can lead to quite a few problems. To break things down, flies have been known to carry over 100 dangerous pathogens that could get you and your family very sick. A few of the diseases flies carry and transmit include cholera, dysentery, salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, and tuberculosis. All it takes is one bite of contaminated food or contact with a contaminated surface for you or one of your loved ones to get sick.
Prevention Tips For Flies
Flies are fairly small pests. This means it does not take much for them to squeeze their way into your home. That being said, there are still quite a few things you, as a homeowner, can do to reduce your home’s chances of fly infestations. Here is what our experts recommend.
Check your home’s window and door screens and make sure they are rip and tear-free.
Use a caulking gun to seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s foundation as well as spacing around window and door frames.
Make sure weather stripping around your home is in good condition.
If you own a pet, make sure you clean up after them when they are done eating.
Deep clean your home at least once a month and spot clean daily.
Throw away over-ripened fruit or store it in a sealed container.
Make sure your trash bins are equipped with tight-fitting lids.
Invest in professional pest control services.
If flies have gotten into your Pittsburgh home, or you are looking for a way to make sure they stay out, we have great options for you here at Witt Pest Management. To find out more about our services, or to schedule your home for a visit, give our team a call today. We would be happy to find a quick solution to your pest problems.