The House Fly - More Than Just a Household AnnoyanceBy NPMA Staff
Friday, July 1, 2011
As homeowners open doors and windows to welcome fresh air for
the summer, they're also rolling out the red carpet for a commonly
known pest- the house fly.
Although house flies are a familiar disturbance, they are also a
major carrier of communicable diseases. The National Pest
Management Association (NPMA) advises homeowners to take
precautions to prevent these tiny pests from becoming health
"House flies do not bite, but are capable of transferring more
than 100 pathogens, including malaria, salmonella and
tuberculosis," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for the NPMA. "They contaminate food and surfaces by
spreading disease organisms picked up on the silla on their bodies
and through their saliva that is used to break down foods. And if
that's not enough, they defecate constantly."
House flies are widespread due to their ability to procreate
quickly and in large quantities. While they have been known to move
20 miles from where they were hatched, they typically stay within a
mile of their birthplace. Prominent in rural environments due to
their attraction to manure and other organic matter, house flies
can also be found in other areas of filth including garbage and
NPMA recommends that homeowners follow these tips to help
prevent house flies in their own homes:
- Keep kitchen trash in sealed containers and the receptacles as
clean as possible.
- Dispose of waste regularly and keep away from your home.
- Be aware of sources of excessive moisture.
- Keep counters and surfaces clean.
- Prevent home access by keeping doors, windows and vents closed
- Properly screen windows and seal potential entryways, repairing
any rips or tears in screens.
- If you have dogs, horses or other animals near the home, remove
feces from the yard and surrounding areas.
- For an uncontrolled house fly population, contact a licensed
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