Infestations of flies in a home or business can be quite inconvenient and also flies are transmitters of diseases such as cholera, typhoid, tuberculosis, salmonellosis, and dysentery. Flies feed on human and animal wastes, carcasses, and garbage. Besides being a nuisance, some fly species bite and pose serious health risks, but fly control techniques can drastically reduce the number of flies and eliminate infestations in a short amount of time.
There Are Different Types of Flies In Singapore
House Fly: Often found near waste bins, garbage areas, walls, ceilings.
Fruit Fly: Different from house fly because fruit fly is yellowish-brown in color with red eyes.
Bluebottle Fly: Their body is blue in color with red eyes. These flies love unsanitised conditions and lurk around spaces such as bins, garbage, and trash cans.
Phorid Fly: Phorid flies breed in drainage systems and decaying objects, such as plants.
Drain Fly: Same size as fruit flies—between 2mm and 5mm—but can be distinguished by their small, moth-like wings and round, fuzzy bodies.
How Do Flies Get Attracted to An Environment?
Food waste, garbage, and trash cans items that are fermented or decomposed, including rotten vegetables, fruits, and meat
Presence of drains and sewers where flies can hide
Sweet and ripe fruits and vegetables
Dead pests or insects that are not removed
Dead animals & birds
Even light attracts flies, mainly blue and black flies. Especially during rainy seasons flies are easily attracted to lights (street lights, lamps).
Symptoms of Fly Infestation
There are signs which can let you know about fly infestation such as:
Larvae breeding at spots like drainage, sewage, etc.
The sight of flies around the house.
Clusters of a fly hovering at certain spots, for instance, garbage bins or piles
Presence of maggots around the house or in your surroundings
Ways To Prevent Flies Infestation
1. Improve air circulation through proper ventilation
The movement of air disrupts the flight of flies, especially the smaller species, as they are weak fliers. So, air circulation inside the kitchen by switching on the fan will prevent flies from entering. There should be proper ventilation arrangements in your kitchen.
2. Maintain cleanliness and hygiene in your home, restaurant & surroundings
You should keep your home clean and maintain good hygiene by following ways:
Cover your food
The dustbins should be covered always
Surfaces such as tables, kitchen counters should be clean & wiped properly
The drains should be clear of debris as it is one of the hotspots for the breeding of flies.
3. Keep your windows and doors closed.
Keeping kitchen doors and windows closed is one of the ways to avoid invading flies. The alternative for ventilation is to install window nets, that will maintain air circulation and prevent flies from entering.
4. Use fly traps
Fly traps is a good way to control flies but use the insect light traps that have glue boards and not zappers. The zappers traps should not be used in dining areas as particles of the dead flies may fall into food being consumed by customers.
5. Inspect potential breeding areas and inspect signs of risk.
Keep inspecting on a regular basis for the potential breeding of flies in your premises. If there is any leakage or any cracks, they should be fixed as soon as possible.
6. Hire a professional pest company
It is always best to hire a professional pest company as they access government-approved and effective chemicals to control the fly infestation.
These professionals companies also have the knowledge on where and how to inspect, to find the severity of infestation. After the inspection, they will know the most suitable methods to eliminate the pest. These professionals are trained so they can find out the sources & reasons for breeding.
If you are facing a fly infestation problem, book an appointment with ORIGIN professionals. ORIGIN Exterminators is a Singapore-based pest management company with 39 years of experience dealing with fly infestations and other pest-related problems.