Did you know that there are in excess of 120,000 species of fly in the world? Fortunately you won’t meet the majority of these!
Flies are an important part of nature, they feed on decaying and rotten waste products; there is no real limit to what they will eat although some flies have a preference for certain foods. The fruit fly is a good example of this as it enjoys fruit and other sugary products.
In consuming this waste they are actually helping to keep the world clean! Flies are also an essential source of food to spiders, birds and other insects.
However, they are a nuisance and can be a danger to your health. Flies are known to carry hundreds of different diseases, including typhoid, cholera, tuberculosis, salmonella and dysentery. You don’t want them in your home!
This is why it is essential to use n effective fly control solution; an electronic fly management system from a company like Vectothor is an essential addition to your home.
What attracts them?
Food! The exact matter will depend on the species of fly. The most likely ones you’ll have will either be the fruit fly or the house fly:
- The Fruit Fly
As mentioned the fruit fly loves sugar. It generally is attracted to your over ripe fruit as it starts to go bad. However, jam and sugar left on the kitchen surfaces will also attract these flies.
- House Fly
In contrast the house fly will be attracted to your rotting meat or leftovers which are starting to decompose. These are generally the bigger treat as they will find any trace of food.
House flies are also attracted to feces, this can be a particular issue if you have pets which use the back yard as a toilet and you fail to clear it all up. The fly will already be at your door.
Te drain fly can also be an issue although they will generally stay outside your home in the drain pipes; they love moist places with decaying organic materials. Unfortunately they also lay their eggs in these places which could give you an infestation problem.
Dealing With Flies
Knowing what is attracting the flies will help you to identify which species of fly you are dealing with. This is a good thing as it will also help you to identify where they are most likely to be nesting. You will then be able to target their nest in order to remove the issue properly.
But, you will need to kill all the flies and remove all traces of the nest to ensure that other flies are not attracted to the pheromones left by your flies!
This is why you should enlist the help of a professional; they can make sure the infestation is removed properly.
Of course, removing any waste or fruit which might attract the flies is also beneficial, as is keeping all your surfaces clean and food free. If there is no waste products there will be nothing to attract the flies!