Well, it’s just a fly!
It’s a lovely day outside, and you are having a nice braai in your backyard. Then you start to hear that distinctive buzzing sound and just can’t help but think to yourself: “it’s just a pesky fly”. Well, is it just a fly?
It is a well-known fact that wherever you find people, it’s likely that there will be flies in the nearby vicinity. We have put together this short blog, to tell you more about the risks that comes with flies and how to avoid and mange any house fly infestations.
House flies are unfortunately more than just a fly in search of food. They are carriers of infectious diseases which may result in several health hazards. A house fly may not bite or sting, but their real danger lies in the fact that they are attracted to dead and decomposing animals, and they eat rotten food.
Flies are attracted to decaying organic materials. Flies have a keen sense of smell and is easily lured to your home by any trash or garden rubbish that isn’t disposed of or secured properly. House flies will take advantage of entrance points to your home such as structural damage, as well as open windows and doors.
House flies are very dangerous since they are known to transmit more than 100 different diseases to humans, such as Typhoid Fever, Dysentery, Cholera, Anthrax and Leprosy. It is advisable to not eat food on which a fly has landed on as the food could potentially be contaminated and may cause serious health risks.
- Seeing and hearing flies around the house.
- Small dark spots around the house.
It is generally not a good idea to consume food that a fly has landed or sat on for a significant amount of time. House flies’ taste food with their feet. They will walk all over your food when sampling your food. Although flies will not defecate on your food, they will throw up on it.
- Regularly take out the garbage.
- Seal your food in airtight containers.
- Close off any structural damages.
- Use a fan – wind can interfere with a fly’s ability to fly. Directional fans are considered more effective than ceiling fans.
- Clean up after your pets.