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Sunday, 4 December 2022

How much does a cheese fly exterminator cost?

Flies are one of the worst pests. Unlike mice or rats which can go unnoticed for extensive periods of time without causing much damage, flies seem to be everywhere all the time. They bother you when you’re sleeping, when you're eating, or even when you’re relaxing…  there’s no escaping them.

With 100,000 different species of flies in the world, the chances of an infestation developing in your house at some point are pretty high. Cheese flies commonly invade homes and cause problems for people. In this article, we explain everything you need to know about cheese flies and how to get rid of them if you have an infestation.

What are cheese flies?

Cheese flies are flies that are members of the Piophilidae family, sometimes called cheese skippers, they are one of the most revolting flies around. Although they aren’t big (an adult fly only grows to around 4 mm long), their tendency to infest organic matter makes them a huge nuisance.

They get the name cheese flies/skippers due to the fact that they like to feed on cheese and insert their larvae into various food sources such as cheese, meat, and fish. They are well known for being the contributing factor to the world's most dangerous cheese, Casu Marzu. Casu Marzu is a form of Sardinian sheep milk that is eaten with the live larvae of cheese flies still inside it.

Are cheese flies dangerous?

Yes, cheese flies are dangerous. Although they can’t bite or sting you, they can cause humans to get extremely ill by laying their larvae in different foods. When they go unnoticed in food, they can transmit diseases to humans, such as an intestinal infection known as enteric myiasis. While some people who eat cheese flies are completely asymptomatic, others suffer from vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

How long do cheese fly infestations last?

How long a cheese fly infestation lasts depends on how severe the infestation is. The larval stages of a cheese fly are relatively quick as eggs develop into full-grown flies in a matter of 15 days, with the development of the larvae itself only taking around 5 days. Given the fast development of the cheese fly, if you don’t deal with the problem immediately, the flies will multiply. If you notice cheese flies around your house or business, it’s best to call an exterminator right away!

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What causes cheese fly infestations?

Cheese flies are attracted to organic material. If you leave meat, cheese, fish, or other similar food sources around your house, you risk facing a cheese fly infestation. These flies also enjoy warm conditions so if you live in a warm climate or you keep your house warm with a lot of food around, watch out for them!

What steps can you take to prevent cheese fly infestations?

The number one thing you need to do to avoid a cheese fly infestation is to ensure your food is properly stored. Always keep your meat, cheese, and fish in the fridge, or in a cool secluded place, so that cheese flies have no reason to target your house.  You should also wash your dishes thoroughly. Most people don’t consider their dishes a tempting factor for flies, but if they can smell food, they are more likely to find a way into your home.  Installing fly screens will also help prevent a fly infestation.

The average cost of cheese fly pest control services

The average cost of cheese fly extermination services is around $250. When it comes to fly infestations, it’s best to leave it in the hands of experts to deal with the flies safely and effectively.

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4 factors that affect cheese fly extermination pricing

Although $250 is the average cost of cheese fly extermination, there are a variety of different elements that will affect the final price you pay. Below are a few of the factors exterminators consider when setting the price for your extermination job.

  1. H3: Severity of the infestation

The severity of the infestation will have a big influence on how much you are charged for the extermination job. The bigger the job, the more resources your exterminator will need. This includes additional equipment and exterminators.

  1. H3: Size of your house

The size of your house will also dictate the overall price. When it comes to flies, it’s unlikely that they will be restricted to one area of the house because they like to spread out. If your house is big, it will take exterminators more time to go around the house and clear all the rooms.

  1. H3: Method of removal

How your exterminator chooses to get rid of the flies in your house will also affect the final price. There is are different methods exterminators can use, all with different price tags. For example, if you need whole house fumigation, you can expect to pay more than if only pesticide is necessary.

  1. H3: Repeat visits

Depending on the severity of your infestation, you might require repeat visits in order to ensure all pests are fully removed from your home. If this is the case, you will pay for your initial visit as well as each subsequent visit, which will add up.

Cheese fly removal services

If you have a cheese fly infestation, call the professional exterminators of V Extermination. We offer residential, commercial, and agricultural pest control services, ideal for businesses and homeowners alike. Our pest control packages provide protection against different pests to ensure your peace of mind. Our exterminators are committed to providing eco-friendly solutions to get rid of pests without affecting the environment.

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