Flies are a real nuisance, especially at certain times of the year. But one thing most people aren’t aware of are the risks flies pose in terms of diseases they can spread. We found this this useful info on flies and looked into how they can affect our health more than we thought. It will make you think twice about food preparation and taking hygiene seriously.
Flies can be contaminated with over 100 different pathogens that can cause us harm and spread diseases. This isn’t really that surprising giving that they start their lives and feed on excrement, rubbish and other types of rotting organic matter. As the flies go between these contaminated areas to your clean surfaces, the pathogens get transferred.
Flies Cause These Diseases
The illnesses that flies can transfer to us include:
- Salmonella – causing diarrhoea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps
- Shigellosis – mild abdominal discomfort, cramps and diarrhoea
- E.coli – serious food poisoning
- Antibiotic resistant bacteria
- Gastrointestinal illness
- Roundworms and flatworms
- Myiasis – infestation of human or animal flesh with fly larvae, caused by eating food contaminated with maggots.
Protecting Yourself Against Fly Diseases
There are some straightforward and simple ways of preventing flies from infesting your home and spreading diseases.
- Cover your food and keep it in sealed containers. This also goes for plates left in the sink, and leftovers that need to be thrown away. It’s important to not leave any food sources out for pests.
- Clean up spillages and food debris straightaway. Any source of food will be a great attraction for a fly problem.
- Make sure you empty your bins regularly into an outdoor, sealed bin. Never let your bins overflow and clean out the inside as often as you can to keep flies at bay.
- Clean up after your pet. Even with pet excrement in the garden, flies will be attracted to it, and then it’s only a short distance to your home.
There are a lot of over-the-counter products available for DIY fly control, such as fly papers, sprays and plug-ins. These products are often effective against a mild fly problem. However, if the problem is more serious, you need to seek professional advice from an expert pest controller. They will be able to perform a targeted treatment that will stop the infestation from re-occurring in the future.