Flies thrive in environments that we as humans detest. They lay their eggs in our rubbish, like rotting food and faeces, which is why our homes and property can be attractive places for them to infest. Due to their attraction to our waste, they often pick up and transfer multiple dangerous diseases such as tuberculosis, dysentery, cholera, salmonella and many more. This is why we must take action to remove flies and prevent them from entering our property.
There are over 5000 species of fly in the UK, but you'll most commonly come across house flies. They get their nutrients from organic materials, but they can't actually chew; they 'spit' onto their food and the enzymes slowly break it up, allowing them to suck up the part-digested food. They'll lay their eggs in faeces or decaying animal carcasses and they'll hatch within a day. Their offspring, most often known as maggots, can then feast on the decaying organic material. In autumn, cluster flies will look for warm and humid areas to hibernate. This draws them to our houses as they can find everything they need in our attics, walls and buildings. This is problematic considering where they've been in their life cycle.
If you discover a fly infestation or you're concerned that you may have a fly problem, we can work to give you a solution and prevent future invasions. Firstly, we'd look to find the source of the issue. This could either be overflowing waste or a hidden animal carcass (which may mean you have a rodent problem too!). Once removed, we apply a low-level residual spray to effectively kill and disperse the flies; one treatment should be sufficient. If you have a cluster fly problem and they're in their own enclosed area such as an attic or garage, then we use an ultra-low volume fogger to remove them. The next step is prevention - due to their small size, flies will get through open windows, cracks in buildings and various other small holes. While we can't find and close every entrance for flies, we'll apply minor proofing where applicable.
Do you have a concern about flies on your property? Contact us now