Flies are a nuisance pest in the garden but they rarely cause damage to plants.
There are many species of fly and many of them will breed in decaying vegetation, manure and compost heaps found in the garden. The larvae of some are parasites of beneficial creatures, e.g. cluster flies larvae are parasites of earthworms.
Getting rid of flies in the garden will reduce their nuisance in the garden and in the home. Flies in the home usually enter from outside. Control at source can greatly reduce the flies that would enter through open doors or windows.
To get rid of flies outside – It can be more difficult to deal with flies outside than inside as it may not be possible to treat areas not within your control. However, if the flies are breeding in the garden they can be controlled and even if they come from neighbouring property there are ways to minimise the nuisance.
Flies are known to spread disease-causing pathogens such as dysentery, shigellosis, E. coli, salmonella, typhoid, cholera, eye infections, poliomyelitis, diphtheria and many others.
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