The War Against Flies
Summertime is one of the best seasons for outdoor fun, from pool parties to BBQs. However, it also means an increase in the number of house flies buzzing around your home. If your kids are anything like mine, they zip in and out of the house, often leaving the door wide open for these pesky insects. Flies are attracted to food and anything unsanitary, making them not only a nuisance but also potential carriers of diseases. In this blog, we’ll explore the world of flies, the risks they pose, and how Barrier Pest Control can help you win the war against these winged invaders.
Why Flies Are a Summertime Nuisance:
Flies Are Opportunistic:
Flies are experts at seizing opportunities, especially when doors and windows are left open. They love scouting for food remnants on open counters, sinks, and tables. If it’s edible, they’ll find it. Flies are particularly drawn to unsavory items like trash, spoiled food, and animal droppings, but they won’t hesitate to feast on your dinner either.
The Gross Truth:
Flies have a rather unappetizing way of consuming their meals. They taste their food through tiny tastebuds on their feet called Labella. But what’s even more stomach-churning is that they must first liquefy their food. To accomplish this, they regurgitate enzymes onto their food, dissolving it enough to slurp up. It’s not a pretty sight!
The Health Risks Posed by Flies:
You might think of cockroaches as the ultimate germ carriers, but flies can give them a run for their money. Flies are notorious for spreading diseases because they are attracted to filth and can land on virtually anything. Here are some common health risks associated with flies:
Flies pick up bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens from the filth they frequent. When they land on your food, they can transfer these microorganisms, potentially causing foodborne illnesses.
Flies are implicated in the transmission of diseases such as salmonella, E. coli, and even cholera. They move effortlessly between contaminated sources and your living space.
Allergies and Asthma:
Fly droppings and shed body parts can trigger allergies and exacerbate asthma symptoms, particularly in children.
How to Wage War Against Flies:
Now that we understand the challenges flies pose, let’s discuss how you can reduce the fly issues in your home:
Ensure your window and door screens are in good condition. Repair any rips or tears to prevent flies from entering your home.
Limit Doorway Traffic:
Minimize the number of times doors are left open. Consider installing a screen door to help keep flies out while still enjoying the fresh air.
Pick up pet droppings promptly and dispose of them in sealed bags before discarding them in the trash. This prevents flies from breeding in your pet’s waste.
Don’t leave food exposed on countertops or tables. Store food in airtight containers to deter flies.
Consider investing in a maintenance plan offered by Barrier Pest Control. While no prevention method can guarantee complete fly eradication, these plans can significantly reduce fly populations around your home.
As summer brings the promise of outdoor enjoyment, it also welcomes an invasion of flies into your home. These pesky insects are not only irritating but also pose health risks. Barrier Pest Control is your trusted partner in the battle against flies. With our expertise, preventative measures, and commitment to transparency and safety, we can help you enjoy a fly-free summer. Don’t let flies ruin your season; contact us today at 208-463-4533 and experience the difference with Barrier Pest Control.