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Not only are flies a nuisance, but the majority of fly species pose a health risk. House flies transmit a wide range of diseases including salmonella, dysentery, tuberculosis and cholera. If a small fly problem is left uncontrolled, it has the potential to turn into a serious infestation.
Fly fact: Some fly species are able to mature from eggs to adults in just seven days.
Noticing a couple of flies in your house or your business may not mean you have a fly infestation. However, it should act as a warning sign to take some preventative action. The following signs indicate a more serious fly problem:
Fly droppings - Fly droppings can be identified as small dark clusters of spots roughly the size of a pinhead. Look in light fittings, upper areas of the room and wall surfaces. Check areas that are difficult to clean thoroughly, such as drainage channels, drains and sub-floor cavities where the contents of broken drains may be accumulating. Gully traps, and the area around sinks and below damaged floor tiling should also be monitored.
Regular sighting of flies - A large number of flies buzzing around refuse areas and the base of wheelie bins or other waste containers may indicate a more serious fly problem. Check anywhere that water pools, including in guttering, rainwater butts, tyres or old machinery. Waterlogged pot plants may also attract flies.
Maggots - Maggots are flies in their larval stage and could indicate a potential breeding site on your property. You may discover maggots in unwashed rubbish bins, waste areas and deteriorating food.
If you want to get rid of flies, there are some practical steps you can take to deter them. Some of these fly control methods are cost-free and require only your time to action.
Even though a wide range of DIY fly control products are available to kill flies, an established fly infestation may require professional pest control to assist in getting rid of flies on your property.
Using a professional fly control service is the most effective way to guarantee the complete removal of flies from your business.
Rentokil will take the following steps when implementing a fly control solution:
If you would like further advice on how to get rid of flies or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil technician, contact us.