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More flies around than usual

If you’ve noticed a lot more flies around this summer than usual then you’d be right.

Summer is always a busy time for Rentokil with increased call-outs for pests including flies, ants wasps and bed bugs to name but a few.

But this year in particular we’ve seen a 47% increase in call-outs for flies from January to June compared to the same period in 2013 and 2014. Recent warm weather and precipitation is contributing to the growth in fly numbers as flies emerge from hibernation in search of food. Flies are considered pests because they pose a health risk to humans, pets and livestock.

Dr. Colm Moore, Area Technical Manager, Rentokil says, “Flies can be a common cause of food poisoning, particularly salmonella, and as such they create a real risk to the hospitality industry. A continued rise in the fly population could lead to a greater incidence of fly-borne disease, such as stomach upset and diarrhoea. Campylobacter, a nasty bacteria, is a common cause of diarrhoea in Ireland; flies are thought to transmit the bacteria, either by carrying small quantities of contaminated material on their bodies or by regurgitating or defecating on to food.”

Fly on a garden bench

Fly on a garden bench

Fly infestations can be dangerous for both homes and businesses and it’s important we’re all vigilant and can spot the signs of an infestation before it gets out of hand.  There are simple ways you can identify the signs of a fly infestation and reduce the need for fly control. Taking a proactive approach with deterrent measures  will also help you avoid costly treatments.

Take our professional advice, according to Dr. Moore “If a small fly problem is left uncontrolled, it has the potential to turn into a serious infestation. Some fly species are able to mature from eggs to adults in just seven to ten days. Making just a few small changes around the home can protect you and your family from the nasty diseases that are spread by the common fly.”