Flies are one of the most common pests in the world. In fact, there are more than 100,000 different species. They also carry disease, which makes them one of the most dangerous pests. Don’t believe that just swatting a fly away is enough. You want to get rid of these insects out of your home and away from your family.
Watch a fly’s movement for a bit and you’ll see why they are more than just a nuisance. Flies get in the trash, sit on animal feces and then land on your food. It’s easy to see they carry germs and bacteria, but people often just look at them as annoying.
A Disease Carrier
Flies can transmit diseases and cause illnesses when they land on food or on food-prep areas and leave behind their bacteria and germs. Food poisoning is one illness which can be caused by flies. They get on rotting food, especially meat, and transfer that bacteria to food you plan to eat.
Another way flies impact humans is by transferring the eggs of a parasite onto food. Roundworms are one type of parasite transferred through this method.
Flies don’t have the diseases themselves, but they are a carrier. Diarrhea type illnesses are often caused by flies from contact with E.coli, Enterococcus and others. Flies are thought to spread the following diseases to humans:
- Typhoid fever
Of course, many of these diseases aren’t present in the United States because of our sanitary measures in place and access to clean water. However, food poisoning and illness brought on by E.coli and salmonella are all issues that can happen anywhere.
The microbes containing the illnesses can be carried by the fly, which falls off onto food and surfaces. In some cases, the fly vomits or defecates to spread the germs. If a person leaves their food sitting out for several hours instead of refrigerating it, the microbes can multiply further.
Preventing the Spread of Disease from Flies
To prevent the spread of disease from flies, you need to keep them out of your home. Get rid of trash quickly, put food away when you’re finished eating, and clean off counters. Wash remnants of food down the sink and keep all signs of food away to avoid enticing the flies into your home.
If you discover a more serious infestation than just one or two flies, you may need to consider professional help. Contact All Natural Pest Elimination for a free consultation to get rid of your fly problem before they make you sick. Give us a call at 877-662-8449.