There are diseases that are caused by bacteria or germs carried by house flies into our homes. When flies touch our food, the bacteria they carry are passed on the food, then from the food to our mouths. So what do we do to avoid diseases and maintain a fly free home? Let us consider these tips:
Clean up. Flies thrive in areas where there is decomposing organic matter, like garbage dumps, stagnant canals, and other waste materials that are kept exposed. As a first step, all garbage cans and waste bins must always be covered, and garbage sealed in plastic bags when taken out for the garbage collector.
When you have pets in the home, it is advisable to throw the animal waste in a covered trash bin, or flushed in the toilet, or should be totally covered with soil if there is space in the backyard. Animal waste carries a lot of disease causing bacteria, and these are carried inside the home by flies.
Stagnant water should be cleaned up, as well as canals and waterways. Aside from flies, other harmful insects like mosquitoes will be controlled.
Shut them out. Houses should have screened windows and doors to shut out the insects, especially flies and mosquitoes. Check your windows and doors for any holes where flies might pass through. Advise your family members not to open the doors too long when coming in and out of the house, so that flies will not have a chance to come in.
Use anti fly devices. There are several devices that can be used to get rid of flies, like fly traps. The most common one is the flypaper, which can be used in the house. Fly papers are useful only in small areas, since they can only “cover” a limited area, and loses their effectiveness (stickiness) when exposed longer, meaning they have to be replaced regularly.
There are also electronic devices to get rid of flies, like ultraviolet traps, where flies and other insects are lured by the UV rays. When they come in a close range and touch the electric field, they are zapped into ashes. Caution should be practiced when using this device because if larger insects like moths are zapped, they burn and might start a fire. This device should be placed away from combustible materials like curtains and carpets.
Other devices include the inverted cone fly trap for outdoor use.
Last resort – use insecticides. Use insecticides only as a last resort, since they are harmful to the family’s health as much as the flies. When spraying insecticides at home, make sure that the family members will be out for a few hours so that when they come back, the smell of the insecticide would have subsided already, and the harmful chemicals would have settled. Windows should be shut so the concentration of the chemicals in the air is maximized.