House Flies in Rockland, The Disease-Ridden Household Pest
Many people don’t realize that houseflies actually carry diseases. Consider the fact that flies collect pathogens on their mouths and legs whenever the females lay eggs on decomposing food, garbage, and feces. It’s no wonder all sorts of nasty bacteria and diseases carrying flies are also found inside homes.
The diseases that fly carry are on located on the small hairs of their bodies and on their legs. It doesn’t take long for them to transfer pathogens from food or a surface they have touched. A mature housefly will liquefy solid food by using saliva, prior to eating it.
It is at this time that they transfer pathogens. Some of the diseases that houseflies are known to carry are cholera, typhoid, tuberculosis, salmonella, anthrax, and dysentery. They can also transmit eggs of parasitic worms.
Red House Flies
This is simply what fruit flies are referred to. They aptly received this name because of their big red eyes. They are drawn to decomposing fruit and sugary liquids. This is why you will find them drawn to any soda and alcohol that you have spilled or left behind. Beware, these flies lay eggs in fermenting fruit and vegetables and larvae often develop. They begin to feed on the matter they develop.
The only way to get rid of the problem you might be experiencing with red house flies or fruit flies is to eliminate their food source and good sanitation habits. Don’t leave produce out. Instead, keep it refrigerated. Also, empty trash right away. Don’t let matter sit in the trash for too long or you’ll begin to notice a problem developing. Keep trash properly sealed and disposed of.
Blue House Flies
This fly has earned its name due to its appearance of blue-green color. They are also referred to as blue bottle flies or blowflies. The blue housefly is attracted to rotting garbage, open animal wombs and rotting animal carcasses. They are often found in dumpsters, trash areas, and barnyards. Our exterminators at Rockland County Pest Control also find the blue flies in houses where there are small, dead rodents and birds. It is clear to see why they transmit disease.
The blue fly is a little bigger than your common housefly and you’ll notice that they are often louder when buzzing around. The adult blue fly will often gather along door screens or windows. There are over 100 pathogens associated with houseflies, which include Staphylococcus, E. Coli, Salmonella and more. These can cause disease in both animals and humans. There is no doubt about it, the best way to control an outbreak or infestation of either type of fly is good sanitation. This cannot be stressed enough.
Facts About House Flies
- A fly’s life expectancy is eight days to two months. This, of course, will depend on the species.
- There are over 16,000 species of flies in North America
- Flies are found everywhere except polar ice caps
- A single fly can produce more than 1 million offspring in weeks
- Flies spread diseases because they move from one thing to another carrying pathogens with them
- Since they only have two wings, they are capable of depositing thousands of bacteria whenever they land
- Flies have been reported destroying $10 billion worth of agriculture in the United States annually.
One thing is for sure; flies are here to stay. They are not going anywhere. We have to do our part to make sure that they plague us as little as possible. In some cases, you can’t escape them due to someone else. When there is a problem that persists, call on the services of a professional pest control service, such as Rockland County Pest Control.