With a significant rise in temperatures in recent weeks, people all over Ireland have been taking advantage and enjoying the great weather. However, the rise in temperature also results in a significant increase in flies.
Whilst flies in houses can be a general nuisance, they are also known for spreading a host of diseases and infections. Flies can spread a host of diseases including gastroenteritis, cholera, conjunctivitis, tuberculosis and diarrhoea. People can contract fly transmitted diseases and infections through consuming infected food and drink, using contaminated cutlery and utensils and direct contact with eyes, sores and scratches.
Due to the risk of the spread of infections, it is important to take the necessary precautions to decrease the likelihood of flies in your home this summer.
How to Avoid Flies In House
With temperatures in Ireland being rumoured to be close to record breaking levels, it is only natural that people are more likely to open windows and doors. Whilst it is unrealistic to expect people not to open windows in such high temperatures, this is one of the most prevalent forms of entry for flies in your home. To counteract this, installing fly screens will allow you to keep windows open whilst also preventing flies entering your home.
Like every pest, flies are drawn to food sources and removing potential sources will discourage flies from entering your home. Food should not be left out on work surfaces but instead stored in sealed containers. Similarly with rubbish, ensure rubbish bags are not left out in the open but instead stored in sealed bins. It would also be wise, where possible, to keep bins as far away from open doors and windows.
Whilst it’s important to “fly proof” the inside of your home, it’s important not to ignore your garden as flies will look for the same food sources outside as they do inside. Flies are generally attracted to animal faeces, decaying organic matter, dying plants and rotting food.
It stands to reason that if flies are attracted to your garden and begin to repopulate, you face a greater risk that they find their way into your home. Maintaining your garden will reduce the number of flies near your house and thereby reduce the risk of flies entering your home.