Who hasn’t used a fly swatter or kept a magazine handy to swat at a pesky fly? But the black flies that fly around your yard and sneak into your kitchen are more than a nuisance; they can be a health hazard.
Flies are attracted to things that are rotting such as trash, sewage, and even fecal matter. After crawling around on them, they then land on the fruit in your kitchen carrying who knows how many kinds of germs. According to the Penn State Department of Entomology, house flies can transmit around 65 different diseases to humans, including serious ones such as typhoid fever, dysentery, anthrax, and tuberculosis.
Flies can only ingest liquid, so they liquefy solid food by regurgitating saliva onto the food. Every time they perform this action, or even land on food, they can spread germs. They also seek decaying matter as a place to lay eggs. (And, by the way, one female fly can lay up to 150 eggs.)
Where the Food Is
In a house, flies often end up in the kitchen for obvious reasons – that's where the food is. The kitchen will be especially attractive if something is rotting there, whether it's overripe fruit on the counter or something that's been in the garbage can for a few days.
Take these steps to limit the flies that invade your home:
Get rid of any food that could attract flies, such as the banana that’s turning black in the fruit bowl. Check around the house for forgotten food – maybe a snack the kids left uneaten in the playroom – that could entice flies.
Take out the trash regularly and put it in a sealed container. It’s a good idea to wash out the trash receptacles as well. When you clean the trash can, you remove traces of decaying food that could attract flies, and you also may be removing eggs that a fly deposited in a bit of rotting material.
Reduce the ways that flies could enter your house. Make sure there are no holes in the window or door screens. If you don’t have screens, keep doors and windows shut. Seal up other gaps where flies could enter, such as space under the door sweep and around window or door frames.
When to Seek Help
If you only see flies occasionally, you may be able to handle them with a well-placed swat from a fly swatter or with a rolled-up magazine. But if you see an abundance of flies, DIY products aren’t going to solve the problem, and the fly population will increase.
If you’re facing a housefly infestation, the smart move is to call Witt Pest Management. We offer a variety of solutions for flies and other household pests, from a one-time service call for a single kind of pest to monthly programs and monitoring for a variety of common pests. Call Witt Pest Management today to get details about our comprehensive pest control services. Quit swatting at flies and rely on Witt professionals to protect your Pittsburgh area home or business from pesky flies.