The Common House Fly – Dangerous, or Just Annoying?

We all know how irritating the common house fly can be. Whether they’re landing on your freshly prepared meal, swarming around your body or finding their way inside your storage areas; there is nothing more irritating than pesky flies. Frustrating as they may be, they are also responsible for spreading some pretty nasty diseases. No business owner wants to be dealing with frustrated customers or staff, and nor do they want to increase the chances of people falling ill. For these reasons it is important that an appropriate control method is implemented to limit the impact flies have. In this blog post we’ll highlight the reasons why flies are more than just an irritant, as well as some ways Vectothor Flying Insect Control methods can help.

The Dangers of Flies

When a fly lands on your food, your first thought might be “where has it been?” or “what germs are now present on my food?”. Given the fact that flies are associated with dirty areas and rotting waste, it’s only natural that such questions arise.

It is true that flies carry bacteria, viruses and parasites. It is possible that these can be transferred to food, however the risk from a brief visit to your food by a house fly is very low. If flies have been wandering about your food for a few minutes or more, the risk of illness increases as pathogens start to grow and multiply.

Flies can pass on the following diseases/illness:

  • Typhoid
  • Dysentery
  • Diarrhea
  • Tuberculosis
  • Salmonella
  • More than 60 other diseases

If you operate a food business, there are no if’s or buts – if food is visited by flies, it should be thrown out. If your preparing a sandwich at home and it is briefly visited by a fly, whether you throw it out or not depends on your own acceptable level of risk. If you are healthy and have a fully functioning immune system, there’s probably not much to worry about. Regardless you certainly should take precautionary measures to limit your risk of food being affected by flies, and you may like to try some of the following.

Preventing Flies around Your Home or Business

Keep your family, staff, and customers safe with the following fly prevention strategies:

  • Remove rubbish on a frequent basis. Rubbish areas should be located away from public areas/doors, and bins should have lids.
  • Cover food at all stages – including preparing, cooking and serving.
  • Don’t leave food or ‘leftovers’ out in the open, as this will just attract flies.
  • Install fly screens across sliding doors and all windows to prevent entry
  • Clean up animal waste immediately
  • Clean and sanitise cooking areas daily

Vectothor Flying Insect Control – How it Can Help

Vectothor understand all too well the frustration of flying insects, and we’re a market leader in flying insect control. If you have a fly problem and are concerned about the potential health risks associated with this, please call us today.

VECTOTHOR light trap systems will eliminate flies in the most effective and safest way possible. Our range is complimented by the following products and technologies to help your business get on top of flying insect control and track insect activity:

Vectothor Astron Lamps
Vectothor UV Tester
Vectothor Natural UV-A Sunlight Technology
Vectothor Heat Trapment – Vectothor Peregrine
Vectothor Natural Contrast Grids
Temperature Optimised Glueboards
Insect Counting Software

To read more, please visit the ‘Why Vectothor’ page on our website. Please feel free to contact us today to discuss your flying insect control needs, we look forward to assisting you.

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