The image of a fly buzzing around a summer barbecue is familiar to almost everyone, as is the idea of shooing flies away when they get too close. For most people, flies do not cause the same fears as mosquitoes or wasps. But what you may not know is that flies can be dangerous for humans.
Some flies can bite, leaving painful or itchy welts. But even flies that do not bite, like house flies, have the potential to spread dozens of different bacteria and pathogens. Transmission is uncommon in individual flies, but the more you see on your property the more rapid removal becomes important for the safety and comfort of your family or customers.
Nextgen Pest Solutions is a full-service pest control company using state-of-the-art treatment techniques and if you are trying to learn how to get rid of flies then we can help. With ongoing fly prevention and one-time extermination services, we can make sure your home is safe, clean, and sees far fewer flies. Call us today at (470) 336-4315 to schedule an appointment.
Characteristics and Common Types of Flies
Flies are one of nature’s most common pests, found throughout the world and coming in over 15,000 different species. The characteristic that these species share is that all flies have two wings. This means they are not equipped for travelling long distances, so flies land often. Most species also tend to live between a week and a couple months once they reach the adult stage, though a few can live up to a year.
Because of the short life expectancy, flies reproduce quickly. A fertilized egg will hatch within 24 hours and flies can mature to adults in a couple of weeks. In only a few weeks, a pair of flies can multiply into over 1 million pests. Common fly species that are most often found as household pests include:
Fruit Fly – A small fly measuring about 3 to 4mm, fruit flies often come into a home on rotting fruit. They can also collect around garbage, disposals, compost, and fermented drinks like beer and wine.
Horse Fly – The females of this species will painfully bite people and animals to feed on blood. Horse flies are larger and dark colored.
Stable Fly – This lighter colored fly grows up to 8mm and will bite humans and animals. As their name suggests, they are often found around livestock.
Green Bottle Fly – With a characteristic metallic green or blue color, these flies typically live outside and can be found circling food or decaying material.
House Fly – One of the most common flies, house flies are found in and around homes. They are grey or black, between 4 and 7mm long, and feed on human food, garbage, and decaying organisms.
Humpback Fly – With some measuring as small at 0.5mm, humpback flies are similar to fruit flies. They will usually spread throughout and their presence can indicate a plumbing leak.
Drain Fly – Attracted to standing water, drain flies will come into homes to breed in clogged drains and sewage lines. They are 1.5 to 5mm with a light grey or tan coloring.
Nearly all of these flies can be found in homes or businesses. They are usually attracted to food, which can be human food and decaying organic matter. When it comes to homes, decaying matter is often found in drains and sewage, as well as dead animals found in walls and attics.
Risks of Fly Infestations
Many people find flies “disgusting” and there is a good evolutionary reason for that. Flies feed off of decaying animal matter, including feces, that can contain deadly pathogens. Because flies are also attracted to human food and food preparation areas, they can often transmit those pathogens to humans.
Flies collect bacteria and viruses on their legs and mouths when they eat. The next time they land, these pathogens can transfer to the new surface. The feeding process for flies also involves regurgitating solid matter and then consuming the liquid. The vomit also contains any pathogens the fly picked up while eating and allows them to spread.
Scientists have found that common house flies alone can carry more than 100 types of diseases. Some of the common illnesses and bacteria spread by flies include:
Hepatitis and More
As the number of flies present on a property grows, the risk of infection increases exponentially. Areas that contain food are prime spots both for attracting flies and spreading pathogens. Flies will land on counters, tables, utensils, and food where the bacteria they spread can be consumed by humans.
Outside of disease, some flies can also cause painful bites to humans and pets, while others destroy agricultural output with estimates putting the cost of destruction at over $10 billion annually. Flies may not be as frightening as other pests, but they are something that must be treated.
Preventative Fly Control with Seasonal Pest Control Treatments
The most effective treatment for flies is ongoing and preventative rather than responding to an infestation. With seasonal pest control, we first start by eliminating any flies currently on the property. Then we apply pesticides to create a protective barrier that will keep flies from entering again. The result is a home or business that stays pest free throughout the year.
Because flies fly, homes that are prone to flies should also have treatments in and around windows, along with areas that flies are attracted to. Flies may still enter your property if you leave doors open or have food out, but as they fly around they will come into contact with these surfaces and perish.
Seasonal pest control with the newer, scientifically backed techniques requires only monthly or bimonthly visits, unlike the monthly pest control of the past. The pesticides we use are long lasting and will continue to be effective between visits. Depending on the risk factors for flies and pests facing your home, our exterminators will determine the appropriate treatment schedule. Additionally, flies are only one of the pests that ongoing control methods treat. Ants, spiders, cockroaches, fleas and ticks, earwigs, and more are all included, meaning you can eliminate almost every pest with seasonal pest control.
One Time Fly Control
Unexpected fly infestations can also happen. Even if you don’t receive ongoing pest control, we are available to treat a one time infestation. We will inspect a property to determine what is attracting flies so that those issues can be resolved. Then we can apply treatments that will eliminate flies and their eggs throughout the properties.
Why Choose Nextgen Pest Solutions for Fly Removal and Pest Control
Keeping flies out of your home is a matter of safety as much as comfort. That’s why it is important to have a company you can trust with your family’s pest control needs. With a focus on state of the art neighborhood pest control, Nextgen Pest Solutions is that company. We are committed to our customers and their community. Our service is careful and professional, leaving no room for mistakes. Our team is made up of servicemen and women who have returned from active duty and are dedicated to helping you protect your home throughout the year.
Yet we also know that being a top company requires proven results, as well as customer service. We continually invest in the newest, most exciting pest control technology. Our solutions are backed by science to make sure they can handle even the most resistant pests. These innovative methods are also faster and more long lasting, meaning cost savings for our customers.
We work with both residential and commercial properties of all sizes, and can also remove termites, bed bugs, wildlife, and more. Whether you need a one time treatment or a company you can rely on to keep pests off your property year around, we are here for you. Give us a call to learn more about what we offer or to get a free quote for our services.
Preventing flies requires removing access to their food sources of garbage, decaying matter, and human food. Keep food covered and properly stored, regularly wipe down food prep surfaces, use lids on trash cans, and keep doors and windows closed or screened. If you notice an increase in flies, check for and clear deceased animals on the property, or look for sewer leaks or pet droppings. A professional exterminator can also examine your property for specific areas that could be attracting flies.
How Much Does Fly Control Cost?
Because frequent visits are no longer required for effective seasonal pest control, keeping your home free of pests all year is far more affordable than before. The pricing will vary based on your property, the number of visits required, and the risk factors for various pests, including flies. Please give us a call so that we can provide you with a quote over the phone.
Are Pesticides That Treat Flies Safe for My Home?
Yes. Most seasonal pest control happens outside and all of the pesticides we use are no riskier than the table salt you cook with for your family.
How Soon Can I Expect Service?
If you are dealing with a surprise infestation, we have same day and next day services available so that we help you fast. We also work with commercial properties and can provide discreet and overnight services that won’t interrupt your business operations or let your customers know you’re receiving pest control.
Is Service Guaranteed?
Our season pest control and one time exterminations are guaranteed. Let us know if you still see flies after service and we will return with additional treatments to make sure all pests are eliminated.
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