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Flies can be a nuisance pest for homes and businesses. A fly infestation could pose a serious health risk as flies are known to spread a range of diseases, like Salmonella and E.coli.
Fly prevention units are critical to help prevent flies in areas where food is readily available. This will help to keep you and your family or your customers safe from harm.
If you want to prevent flies, there are some practical steps you can take to deter them. Some of these methods are totally cost-free and only require your time to action.
Recommended steps involve making changes indoors and outdoors to cover all potential hot spots and ensure effective fly control.
Deny flies access - after dark, keep windows and doors closed or block out the light with curtains.
Fly screens - fit fly screens to windows especially around kitchen and waste areas.
Cover food - flies spread diseases by landing on food before we eat it.
Clear away - clear food debris and liquid spillages immediately from under kitchen units and appliances.
Dustbins - ensure all dustbins have tightly sealed lids.
Pets - clean up after pets. Not only are faeces a perfect breeding place for flies, they may land there before landing on your food.
Clear up dead flies - they provide a tasty snack for other pests such as carpet beetles.
Water butts - cover these with well fitted lids.
Standing water - do not leave standing water (in watering cans for example) as this offers mosquitoes opportunity to breed.
Ponds - if you have a garden pond, introduce goldfish as they will eat fly larvae.
FACT: Common house flies are attracted to decaying organic waste such as faeces and rotting meat, whereas fruit flies will look for sugary substances and feed more commonly on overripe fruit, spilled soft drinks and alcohol.
You will need professional advice and targeted treatment for large or re-occurring infestations.
Need professional help to control a problem with flies?
If you are worried about flies, Rentokil can offer more professional fly control solutions including our electric fly killers.
Call us on 1890 666 444 for more advice on how to prevent flies in your home or business.