Where do they live?
Houseflies are currently found where people work or live because of the ready supply of food. Bluebottles, which are larger than the common housefly, are also often found in human environments and are particularly attracted to meat and decaying materials.
Where do they come from?
Housefly eggs are laid in moist or rotting organic matter such as household rubbish, compost or manure. Once hatched, flies can reach maturity in a very short period of time depending on temperature. A female fly can lay up to 900 eggs during the one to three months of her adult life.
Common houseflies have a flight range of considerable distance and can easily move from breeding grounds to the home. A sudden appearance of bluebottles in the home normally indicates that a small animal (rodent or bird) has died – possibly under the floorboards or up a chimney.
Why do flies come indoors?
Houseflies and bluebottles come indoors looking for food. They are not choosy as to the type of food they settle on and are likely to be highly active once indoors. Female bluebottles are easily able to find sources of suitable food and are often found in domestic kitchens. Because of the way flies feed and where they are may have come from before settling on the food, it is best to make sure that food is covered to avoid contamination.
Can they cause harm?
Bluebottles and houseflies go from filth to food in a short time and have the ability to carry diseases such as gastroenteritis (tummy bug), salmonella, cholera, typhoid and they can also possibly transmit intestinal worms.
How can I control a fly problem?
UPC has a range of techniques available in dealing with flying insect pests. In addition to residual treatments we have fly control units and insect screens available dependent on the extent of the problem. All of our fly control units are of the highest quality and are manufactured only in the UK. Our expertise has enabled us to recommend the very best fly control units, based on our many years of experience in dealing with every flying insect pest found in the U.K.
Please call 0800 024 2933 for further assistance.