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Friday, 7 August 2020

Pesky Flies!

 Pesky Flies!

 

This week is set to be the hottest yet! And with such a scorcher of weekend coming up too, we thought it best to offer some information about flies.

 

With an increase in temperature, comes an increase in calls about dealing with fly problems. This is due to the heat speeding up the life cycle of the fly. In ideal conditions, the life cycle of eggs to maggots to flies can be completed in around 2 weeks. However, if the conditions are very warm, then this cycle can be completed in around 10 days!

 

Typical types of flies you are likely to encounter are houseflies and bluebottles. Houseflies are usually smaller than bluebottles, with brown striped bodies. Bluebottles get their name from their blue metallic colourings making them easy to distinguish from other flies. Bluebottles tend to have a loud buzz so you are definitely likely to know if you have a bluebottle around you. Houseflies are typically quieter flyers and tend to be found in larger groups. Bluebottles tend to invade the home in ones or twos. 

 

A fly’s main purpose of existing is to eat and reproduce. An interesting fact about flies is they are happy to eat and lay their eggs in the same location. Houseflies will lay their eggs in household rubbish bins or compost heaps, whereas bluebottles tend to prefer dead animals or meat as prime location to lay their eggs. Flies are not typically fussy eaters and will pretty much eat anything and everything. They are attracted to particularly potent smells such a decaying food or animal matter, which will attract flies from miles away if the source smell is strong enough. 

 

There are many things you can do as a homeowner to make sure that you are not bothered by flies this summer;

·      Keep food waste bins clean by disinfecting them regularly, in and outside the home

·      Make sure bin lids are tightly secured

·      Try to keep food and bins out of sunlight as heat can exacerbate decomposition of food matter

·      Keep wheelie bins away from doors and windows wherever possible

·      Use fly screens on ground floor doors and windows to stop flies entering your home

·      Make sure kitchen sides and floors are kept clean and tidy and free from food debris

 

Don’t forget, for any pest problems you may have, SOS Pest Control can help!