If it’s not wasps ruining your London summer picnics, it’s flies! The ironic thing is, unless your one of the unfortunate people that is allergic to wasps, flies could cause you a lot more harm than a simple wasp sting.
Flies may not bite or sting, but they carry a range of diseases that could make you very poorly indeed. These are easily transmitted when a fly lands on your food, even for a matter of seconds!
Flies: Another Annoying Summer Pests
No matter how hard you try, you cannot rid your London surroundings of flies. Another annoying summer pest, they buzz around your London gardens and get into your home.
Landing on rubbish (and worse!) means that harmful bacteria clings to their legs and hair-covered bodies, meaning that any one fly can be carrying up to 200 bacteria at any one time. This poses a risk to your health when they land food that you then eat.
We’ve all seen flies land on something we’re about to eat, and we’ve all swatted them away and eaten the food anyway, thinking that they had only landed on it for a second. Here’s the alarming truth. Flies only need to be in contact with your food for a second for bacteria to transfer from their legs and body onto your food, and worse still, they often vomit on food they land on. Feeling nauseous yet?! Due to the fact that cannot chew, they regurgitate digestive enzymes onto the food to soften and dissolve it. Then they drink it!
Still think it’s ok to eat something a fly has landed on? Read on….
Some people are lucky and will not suffer any ill-effect from eating food that a fly has landed on. However, unlucky ones will, at best, get a tummy bug. The other end of the scale is dysentery, cholera and typhoid!
Top Dog Tips: How to Protect Against Flies this Summer
By now, you are probably wondering how you can protect yourself against flies this summer. Here, Top Dog Pest Control offers you some handy tips:
- Fit fly screens over doorways, especially ones that lead into a kitchen.
- Use fly protection shields to place over food if it is going to be sat out on a counter or whilst eating outside.
- Keep on top of waste disposal and don’t leave leftover food lying around.
- Do not be tempted to have a can of fly spray next to you on your picnic blanket. The chemicals used in these sprays are toxic and should never be sprayed around food.
If flies do land on your food, remove the part they have landed on immediately and dispose of it.
When London Fly Control is Necessary
London fly control becomes necessary when you are exposed to a large number of flies in or around your property. The main reason for this happening is cluster flies establishing a nest in your attic in the autumn, to emerge from hibernation in one big, flying black cloud!
It can be disturbing enough if this happens outside your property, but when the swarm erupts into your property itself, it can be every distressing. No amount of fly spray bought from the local shop will tackle this many flies.
Top Dog Pest Control offers rapid-response emergency fly control all over London. The knockdown treatment used by our expert technicians is the best way to rid yourself and your home from cluster flies as quickly as possible, limiting risk to health.
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control, alongside one of our customers. Top Dog Pest Control provide London fly control.