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There are an estimated 120,000 species of fly in the world, each with their own habits and characteristics. Flies constitute a health risk to humans, pets and livestock as they carry numerous diseases, including salmonella and e-coli.

Flies breed prolifically. Scientists have calculated that a single pair of flies that began breeding in April could produce 191,010,000,000,000,000,000 offspring in just four months.

Despite being a nuisance and a health hazard in the home, flies do serve a useful purpose in ecology. They are second only to bees as pollinators, and were among the earliest pollinators to evolve.

They are also useful to fishermen, who use their larvae, known as maggots, as bait. In some situations, flies and maggots are even used in medicine to clean wounds by consuming dead tissue!

There are some everyday precautions that we can all take to deal with small quantities of flies and to prevent an infestation from taking place.

Preventing fly infestations

• Clean up work surfaces of crumbs and mess after preparing food.
• Keep food covered with cling film or a sealed lid.
• Keep bins closed and make sure they are regularly emptied and cleaned.
• Clean up after your pets, as droppings will attract flies.
• Keep windows and doors closed after dark, or consider using fly screens.
• Do not leave water standing in buckets or watering cans.
• Keep water butts covered with tightly fitting lids.
• Remove dead flies, as others will feed on them.

The above steps should prevent occasional flies from becoming a serious problem, and any that do appear can be swiftly destroyed using domestic sprays. You might even consider a UV machine or an electric zapper.

Getting rid of flies

Even after taking all of these precautions, the cleanest of houses can still be subject to a fly infestation. If this does happen, our fly specialists in Essex have the expertise to clear the flies quickly and effectively. We can also offer advice on how to prevent a recurrence. Flies are attracted by decaying matter and an infestation is often symptomatic of some other underlying problem, for example, a rodent infestation.

The exact treatment will depend on the nature of the infestation and the type of fly involved, but whatever it is, you can rest assured that our pest control company in Essex has the know-how to solve the problem.