Blue skies, birds singing, breakfast on the balcony. I take my eyes off my toast for a moment, turn back and spied a fly that had landed its filthy hands on my half-finished breakfast.Â â€œOh, sorryâ€¦were you going to finish this?â€ it seemed to ask me. Well, Iâ€™m not now.
Flies â€“ the annoying by-product of summer.
I wouldnâ€™t mind them if we could have some sort of fly-human boundary agreement on what food belonged to each of us. As a pest expert, I know flies are happy enough to feast on manure, feaces and rotting food as well as my morning toast and jam â€“ they have no preference. So whatâ€™s left for me?
Potential Salmonellosis, Typhoid, Cholera, Tuberculosis, Anthrax, Ophthalmia and/or Parasitic worms – thatâ€™s what. Flies spread diseases like wildfire and thereâ€™s no point in trying the â€œsharing is not always caringâ€ speech with them (itâ€™s been done, to no avail) because flies either canâ€™t understand us or just donâ€™t care.
There are a few things we can do around the home to reduce flies:
- After dark, keep windows and doors closed or block light with curtains.
- Fit fly screens to windows especially around kitchen and waste areas
- Always cover food.
- Clear away food and liquid spillages immediately
- Make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids.
Now as much as I donâ€™t approve of the relationship between Summer and Flies, apparently they are ideal for each other. A fly survives best in heat â€“ specifically, in 30 degrees heat a fly can complete its life cycle in just 10 days.
The femaleÂ housefly chooses to lay 400-600 eggs in exposed food or fecal matter (aka poo). These eggs then turn into maggots in about 2 days, turn into a pupa and then transform into a fly.
Flies are far more dangerous than they let on. Aside from the obvious hygiene rules that are repeatedly broken when flies sit on fecal matter and then my food, the way in which they eat doesnâ€™t help one sleep at night either. Because the straw-like tongue of a fly doesnâ€™t allow it to suck up solids, a fly regurgitates digestive fluids to dissolve solids. Yep, regurgitate.
Rentokil is the subtle, yet firm James Bond ofÂ pest control here to rescue homeowners of Australia. Equipped with gadgets and friendly experts we make the assassination of flies quick and painless. Sure, hiring a hit man might seem a bit extreme, then againâ€¦regurgitate.