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Yes, it’s still the middle of winter, but it’s not too soon to begin thinking about one of the most irritating pests you can deal with – the common fly. As soon as there are a couple of warm days in a row, the flies begin to come out. By the time spring is here, they are in full force. Here are some things you might want to know about these pesky creatures.

Flies Don’t Actually Eat Your Food

You see them buzzing around your kitchen, landing on the food. What you may not realize is they don’t eat the food they contaminate. At least not in the traditional way you might think of. Flies don’t have the ability to chew food, so they can’t take a e out of your steak. What they do is use their digestive juices to cause the food to break down into liquid, which they can then drink. They basically spit up on your food, which is gross to think about.

Flies do like to taste their food, which they do with their feet. They can quickly identify a delicious meal just by standing on it!

Flies Carry Diseases

Flies are carriers of various diseases that can be passed onto humans. Because of the way they eat, they can carry bacteria which can be harmful to people. They get on food and cookware which comes in contact with food where bacteria can live and spread, causing illnesses, such as E.coli and Salmonella.

Flies Multiply Quickly

The lifespan of a fly is only about 30 days, so it doesn’t sound like they should be much of a problem. However, they can leave their mark during that time with as many as 500 little new flies. It’s easy to see how just a few flies can turn into a major infestation.

A common myth is that if you keep a clean house, you won’t have a problem with flies. Many people associate flies with dirty, unkempt homes, but that’s not always the case. The smell of food and other odors attract flies, which can happen anytime you cook or eat a meal. They are also able to move quickly and avoid being killed, which makes them difficult to get rid of.

To protect your home and family from the diseases associated with flies, you need to get rid of them as soon as you notice a problem. Call All Natural Pest Elimination at 877-662-8449 to remove the problem and discuss ways to prevent future infestations.