Flies are not an uncommon sight, especially in the Spring and Summer. Most homeowners are going to see the occasional fly in their home. However, if they become a much more frequent presence, it can become a serious concern. Especially if they are filth flies. Here, we’re going to look at the signs you have a problem with filth flies, why you want to get rid of them, and how to do it.
What are filth flies?
Filth flies are not a particular species of fly but are rather a term used to describe those that share a few common characteristics. Common filth flies include house flies, fruit flies, and bottle flies. As the named suggests, filth flies live on filth. This means that they feed on organic decay, such as fecal matter, rotting food, dead animals, and dirty drains. Often, they will lay eggs where this decay is at its most concentrated. If you, for instance, have a dead rodent inside the walls of the home or an open trash container. This can become an ideal living space for a whole family of maggots.
Why they can cause real trouble
Flies are a nuisance on the best of days. We have all been pestered by a persistent fly in our lifetime. However, filth flies can cause more serious problems. Some species can bite humans and animals and, if they are diseased, they can pass these diseases. Which can include parasite larvae. Furthermore, they can contaminate food and water sources, so it is best to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Signs you have a fly problem
The occasional noisy fly isn’t the sign of a real infestation, as flies will find their way into just about every home at one point or another. The problem might be more serious. If you have spotted maggots in the home or if you see them in large numbers around the home, food, or trash. Clusters of tiny dark spots that look like pinpricks can be signs of a high volume of filth flies, as well.
How to deal with filth flies
The single most effective way to stop filth flies from infesting your home is to keep it clean. This means ensuring that there are no other pest problems in the home. Be sure leaks are dealt with as soon as possible. Compose garbage that is kept in the home isn’t left uncovered. Spoiled fruit and vegetables should be thrown out as soon as possible. Chemical control like pesticide-coated fly traps can work very well, too. However, if you have a serious infestation, then a fly control specialist is your best bet. By finding and eliminating the breeding sites, closing off the entryways that filth flies use, and continuous monitoring, they can make sure that a filth fly infestation won’t simply keep cropping back up.
If you think you have a filth fly infestation in your home, then the sooner you get in touch with AB Pest Control, the better. We can inspect the whole home to formulate a comprehensive control program to ensure the health of your home.