Fly Control Overview
There are over 120,000 species of flies worldwide. Flies are considered pests because they pose a health risk to humans, pets and livestock. They can infest your home or business and spread diseases like Salmonella and E. coli. A few species may even bite humans and animals.
If a small fly problem is left uncontrolled, it has the potential to turn into a serious infestation. Some fly species are able to mature from eggs to adults in just seven days. There are simple ways you can identify the signs of a fly infestation and reduce the need for fly control. Taking a proactive approach with deterrent measures will also help you avoid costly treatments.
The key to managing all flies is sanitation. Eliminating fly breeding sites, i.e., the material to which they are attracted to land on which they lay eggs is usually sufficient to eliminate and prevent fly infestations.
In addition to fly swatting, mechanical fly control includes trapping. Sticky fly paper is one type of fly trap. Ultraviolet light traps are another, often used to supplement fly control in commercial buildings. To be effective light traps must be properly placed. This type of trap should be placed where it cannot be seen from outside the building, no more than 5 feet above the floor (where most flies fly).
Chemical control can be a valuable component of an integrated fly management program. Residual wall sprays can be applied where the flies congregate. Spray are done on vertical walls and other breeding sites with wettable powder formulation, and the use of fly baits near adult feeding sources.
Control & Prevention Tips
- Always keep your surrounding clean.
- Wipe off food remains spilled on the ground, kitchen slabs, dining tables, etc.
- Dispose any old garbage, clothes and other waste materials.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables as they may carry eggs of pest.
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