Flies can be very annoying and unpleasant pests, moreover, they pose a health risk to people and livestock as they may transmit diseases such as Salmonella, E. colli. and others. Some fly species may even bite causing stress and nuisance. They may as well contaminate food sources, which is unacceptable when it comes to businesses that deal with food. If a fly problem has developed and is left uncontrolled, it may turn into a serious infestation, which requires professional pest control treatment.
One of the most obvious signs of a fly infestation would be increasing number of flies invading your domestic or commercial property. Sometimes you may notice fly larvae, which is a clear indication that there is a breeding fly site. These pests reproduce rapidly and it is essential that the infestation is eradicated at an early stage. Fly control programmes and targeted treatments should be carried out in case that an infestation has developed and spread around. Should you wish to prevent this problem from happening, it will require proofing of the property to eliminate the possible entry points. If you are not sure whether you have a fly infestation or not, please do not hesitate to call our knowledgeable call centre staff for advice or quotation.
Fly treatment and control
Fly treatment and control usually involve proofing of the property to deter flies from accessing it, positioning of fly traps and sometimes spraying chemical or non-chemical solutions. Prime Pest Control offers integrated fly management programmes, which have proven high success rates and, at the same time, safe and cost-efficient methods. Depending on the type of property and the customer’s requirements, our fly removal service will adhere to any business or professional standards and pest legislation. Our BPCA-trained pest technicians have been successfully getting rid of fly infestations across East, West, South and North London for many years now.
The methods for fly removal and extermination that our specialists implement with their strategy will be tailored to your needs or business standards. We always follow the best practices, as well as some innovative methods for fly control, which have proven their high efficiency. Prior to any type of fly treatment our pest experts will carry out a detailed inspection, which will determine the most appropriate fly control strategy. We usually tackle or prevent fly infestations using only chemical-free methods. They may involve proofing of the property and deterring flies from accessing it, positioning of UV electric fly killers and traps.
The non-toxic methods for fly pest control may involve biological control using parasitic wasps and carnivorous plants that will hunt the flies. Flies breed rapidly and sometimes to get rid of an established cluster fly infestation we may use combined techniques and innovative methods for better efficiency. In order to achieve the best results with the lowest number of treatments, our customers will need to cooperate with our pest technicians and strictly follow all the instructions before and after the treatments. People underestimate flies as pests but the truth is that these flying insects spread various diseases, posing serious health risks. To prevent this from happening, there are certain recommendations about the ways you can keep flies out of your property. These methods for fly control and prevention are also relevant to the control of other pest species. They would include:
- denying access – to get rid flies and prevent them from entering your property close windows after dark, use curtains or fly screens, deny all entry points
- humidity control – flies and other flying pests need moisture and water to reproduce, so you should deny access to water sources, leaking taps or piping
- deny access to food – keep all food sources well covered and properly stored, make sure that you do not leave any food waste outside of bins, not even breadcrumbs
- maintain cleanliness – any food debris, organic waste and especially fertilisers, will attract flies and other insects. You should keep clean and properly sealed all bins, sinks and food storage areas
In case that there are dead flies, you should remove them as they are in the menu of other pests. If you have a pond or a lake nearby or at your property, a natural prevention method can be used by introducing goldfish to the water sources.
There are thousands of fly species around the globe and many are yet to be discovered. In London and across the UK a few species are causing nuisance, such as the house fly, stable fly, blow fly, horse fly among others. Some species of flies are able to bite and although they are usually attacking livestock, in urban areas they bite people, which could be a very painful and unpleasant experience.
Flies feed and breathe in animal wastes or other decaying organic matter. In this type of environment flies may pick up dangerous bacteria and viruses. These microbes can be transmitted to people and animals usually through contaminated food and utensils. Flies breed rapidly going through an egg, larva, pupa, and adult stages. Depending on the temperature and availability of food, these flying pest insects will develop from egg to fully-grown adult within one week. After mating, the female fly will lay a few batches of eggs, which contain a hundred eggs each. The whole life cycle of flies is usually not more than 30 days.
Fly treatments and control are aiming to primarily eliminate the breeding sites, where eggs and larvae are present. Any access to animal or food waste should be denied, which will greatly decrease the reproduction rates. The water sources and moisture may also attract some species of flies and other pest insects, so you should make sure that you do not have a problem with pipe leakage or damp. The best practices for fly control and extermination also recommend the use of insecticides as a final measure, due to the ability of flies to quickly develop resistance to the most common sprays.