• Fly Control Canterbury

  • The housefly is the most common of all the domestic flies that pester us on that warm summers evening. The house fly accounts for upwards of 90% of all flies in human environments and for that matter is considered one of the most widely distributed insects across the globe. Unfortunately, due to their great numbers they are a carrier of many serious diseases and as a result of this humans consider the house fly a pest.

    The house fly’s chest will appear to be blue in colour, sometimes black with four distinct lines across its back. Its body is covered in small hair like extremities. In the fly world the females are larger than the males and have a much larger distance between their eyes.

  • House flies only have one pair of wings; the rear pair are so small that they are only used as an aid to flight stability.

    There are a couple of other species of fly that share very similar characteristics to the house fly and they are:

    • Lesser house fly
    • Stable fly
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  • The female flies get busy and lay around 500 eggs in a lifetime in a few batches ranging from 75 through to 150. These eggs produce what we all know as maggots. Flies lay their eggs on decaying corpses, food and organic material as this allows the larvae to feed.

    The cycle from fly to larvae to fly is commonly known as the metamorphosis cycle. Adult flies will live for up to a month in the wild (if they are lucky) but they average a life span of around 2 weeks. Small adult flies don’t necessarily mean they are young flies; it just means there was insufficient food sources available during the larval stages.

    The flies much prefer warmer climates and temperatures. The warmer the temperature then the quicker the flies develop. This is why there are many more flies around during the warmer months.

    Flies have the unfavourable ability to carry over 100 pathogens which have caused some of the following illnesses:

    • Typhoid
    • Cholera
    • Salmonellosis
    • Tuberculosis
    • Anthrax
    • Parasitic Worms

    House flies feed specifically on substances that have been softened by saliva or vomit. Due to the fly’s large intake of food, they are constantly digesting and depositing faeces as they move. This is the main factor that contributes to the spread of the pathogens that they are carrying.

    The quickest and most efficient fly pest control in the human environment is to remove their food sources. It is likely that left over food will be causing the house fly outbreak which is giving them a breeding ground and also a food source. Good places to check around the house are your lofts for any birds or squirrels that may have got in and died, fireplaces and behind any large furniture that doesn’t get moved very often.

    Insecticides are the most recommended fly pest control method as they are quick, efficient and cost effective.