Most of us don’t imagine the common house fly to be dangerous. Sure, they buzz around annoyingly like big, black flying micro pellets, but no one is particularly terrified of them. After all, they don’t bite or sting you in any way, they don’t really poison you, and no news will ever report any deaths by house fly. Even an entire swarm of them poses no real physical danger to anyone who encounters them—though they are really disgusting.
All of that is part of the problem, actually. Because while they might not have the stingers or teeth to do damage, they pose a far greater threat than all the other pests combined. That’s because the common house fly is a potential carrier for such nasty diseases like tuberculosis, typhoid, dysentery, diarrhea, among others. To the astute among you, those are very, very nasty things to be afflicted with. There’s good reason that flies are associated with pestilence.
The House Fly
So how does a common house fly that lands innocuously on your food or your person come to bring so much harm?Well, it’s actually where they were before they came upon you that should be a cause of concern. Flies aren’t picky eaters. They’ll scavenge off of trash, human and animal waste, dirt piles and more. As they move on and into your house, they carry all the nasty germs they picked up along the way. Worse, flies vomit and excrete waste like every other living thing and they are small enough that you would never notice them doing it all over your food! When you eat or touch surfaces they’ve landed on, you come away with free germs.
Prevention is the Best Cure
There are several ways you can actually deal with flies before they become a problem. And, you guessed it: it’s all about being and keeping clean. The first thing to do is to always keep trash and waste material out of your house. Don’t let trash linger more than they need to. Get them out of your house as soon as possible. The next thing is important if you have pets: clean up after them the minute they go. You might be tempted to let out-of-the-way excrement lie for a while until you get up and do yard work, but that only gives flies room to land on them and pass them on to you!
Screen your house. That means covering up your doors and windows with a mesh especially if you live near stagnating bodies of water, like a pond or the results of a downpour. Keeping that in mind, you should also avoid overwatering plants. That leaves puddles that take a long time to evaporate and so form a breeding ground for these pests. Lastly, cover all uneaten and exposed foods properly. If you can store them away, that’s even better.
If you do suffer from an infestation, it’s best to call on professional exterminators. Those that operate today often use pest control methods that are people- and environmentally-safe. More than that, they can be more thorough and effective than you would ever be.