Most flies pose a threat to hygiene and are a nuisance to humans and animals. Blow flies, house flies, fruit flies and other species of flying insects are major pests of homes, farms, shops, factories and other urban and rural places of human habitation.
The true flies are insects of the order Diptera (meaning: two winged) and include common pests like houseflies, lesser house flies, blowflies, cluster flies, midges, crane flies, fruit flies and other pest species that enter our homes and workplaces.
Flies are vectors of a large number of diseases including gastroenteritis, dysentery, typhoid, polio, salmonella and tuberculosis. Others, such as sandflies, are a direct irritant, biting humans and sometimes causing painful reactions.
Numerous bristles on the flies' legs pick up and distribute germ laden particles wherever they go from rotten animal waste to your sandwich.
In warmer climates, breeding continues throughout the year. Eggs are laid in moist decaying animal or vegetable matter and animal waste. The maggots (larvae) of flies feed voraciously on the food matter before pupating and emerging as adult flies.
Reduce the risk of flies gaining entry to your home. Where possible use mesh screens over doors and windows, or alternatively keep them closed.
Remove or cover food, store rubbish and compost in enclosed containers where possible to avoid attracting flies.
Treat internal and external surfaces where flies land with NO Bugs Indoor or NO Bugs Super long lasting surface sprays. Breeding sites like rubbish bins, compost heaps and lawn clippings can be sprayed with NO Bugs Super to kill eggs and maggots.
The complete metamorphosis cycle can be as short as 7 - 9 days in ideal conditions.
Flies are known to spread disease-causing pathogens such as dysentery, shigellosis, E. coli, salmonella, typhoid, cholera, eye infections, poliomyelitis, diphtheria and many others.
The lesser house fly is often found flying in an angular flight path around the centre of a room. Annoyingly it may do this all day without landing on a surface. It is regarding the room as a shaded, area of still air below a tree. Sometimes changing the lighting and air currents in a room will stop these annoying pests staying in the room.
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