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Filth Flies-More of a Nuisance than you Might Think

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Filth Flies-More of a Nuisance than you Might Think

While flies are easily recognized as being pests simply because they like to buzz around and generally be annoyances, it is also important to recognize the fact that they can also be potentially dangerous when it comes to our health. Flies known as ‘filth flies’ are perhaps some of the worst when it comes to posing health dangers. One reason for this is because they tend to breed in filth such as decaying organic matter, excrement and moist conditions. This is where they gain their name. Another reason they pose a danger is process by which they feed-by spitting out the contents of their stomachs when they feed on their next meal. Considering the items they could potentially feed upon before they land on their next meal, it becomes quickly obvious how much of a danger these pesky little pests can really be.

Through their feeding activities these flies can easily spread quite a number of very serious diseases. There are actually about 200 different species of filth flies; however, they all have one thing in common-the ability to spread more than 65 different types of human diseases. These diseases include E. coli, typhoid, leprosy, cholera, staph, TB and many different types of food poisoning. One of the main problems with these flies is that they tend to feed on filth, such as excrement or garbage. They don’t feed exclusively on it; however. Since they are very open to landing on human food, they could easily transfer bacteria and germs from filth they have just landed on, or which they have previously fed on, to our own food when they decide to land on it. Their hairy feet and bodies make it extremely easy to pass on dangerous pathogens to humans.

Filth flies are primarily a problem during the summer months. As a result, pest control requests for these types of insects usually tend to strongly increase during the summertime. The good news is that mechanical controls, as well as sanitation measures, can have a good long-term impact on reducing populations of filth flies in and around your home.

An important key to getting the situation under control; however, is to make sure you contact your local exterminator as soon as you notice you have a problem. Delaying can result in an even larger problem that is more difficulty and expensive to get under control.

When your exterminator comes out to handle the problem he or she will likely take five steps to address the issues. The first step is to perform an inspection to determine exactly how serious the problem is. Then he or she is likely to take steps to identify the source of the problem and then set in place at least two or three control measures. Finally, he or she will monitor the situation during follow-up to determine how effective those measures have been in controlling the problem.

Keep in mind that while over the counter remedies, such as sprays and bug zappers may remedy some of the problem they are not likely to cure the entire problem nor do they tend to cure the problem on a long-term basis. If you truly have a serious problem resulting in more than just the occasionally fly, it is best to address the situation head on as soon as possible. The longer the problem waits, and the hotter summer becomes, the more likely the problem is to grow. Don’t let your summer be spoiled by pesky flies that could potentially harm you and your family. Take matters under control and contact your local exterminator.