Flies

Flies are insects that can cause a lot of headaches, both as larvae and adults. It is important to determine what kind of flies you are dealing with, so you can find their living environment and thus find the source of the infestation problem.

Development and Behaviours

One fly can lay several hundred eggs over its lifetime. These eggs hatch between 12 and 24 hours after they are laid. A couple of flies may spawn over a million descendants in as little as six to eight weeks. It is therefore important to take measures to control their proliferation. Flies transmit disease by contaminating food and work surfaces, both in homes as well as food production environments. For example, there are more than one hundred pathogenic bacteria associated with house flies, including salmonella, staphylococci and E. coli. These bacteria may cause diseases in humans and animals such as typhoid fever, hepatitis, tuberculosis, infant diarrhea, etc. Each place where a fly lands can be considered to be potentially unsanitary.

Prevention

One fly can lay several hundred eggs over its lifetime. These eggs hatch between 12 and 24 hours after they are laid. A couple of flies may spawn over a million descendants in as little as six to eight weeks. It is therefore important to take measures to control their proliferation. Flies transmit disease by contaminating food and work surfaces, both in homes as well as food production environments. For example, there are more than one hundred pathogenic bacteria associated with house flies, including salmonella, staphylococci and E. coli. These bacteria may cause diseases in humans and animals such as typhoid fever, hepatitis, tuberculosis, infant diarrhea, etc. Each place where a fly lands can be considered to be potentially unsanitary.

Recommendations

Regularly check preferred reproduction locations for flies: floor drains, sink and bath drains, and underneath kitchen equipment legs.

Means of control:

  • Physical: cleaning, sealing, installation of screens.
  • Light traps
  • Insecticides: as a last resort and as little as possible, and only in conjunction with an integrated pest management approach.