ZzZzZzZzZzzz… Can you hear that? With the warmer weather making an appearance here in Texas, just about everywhere we go we will find flies. There are more than 150,000 different species of fly found around the globe. Flies are found in more places than any other insect! Dating back to the Cenozoic Era, their first known existence is believed to be in the Middle East. They lay their eggs in their food sources of the dead, decaying organic matter or feces, the eggs then hatch and feed on that food source until adulthood. An adult fly will reach sexual maturity in 18-24 hours and their life spans range from 2-4 weeks in warm weather. They can live longer in colder weather and are known to hibernate in the wintertime. Though they have short lives, they are quick breeders. Just one female fly can lay 75-150 eggs each time she breeds and up to 500 in her lifetime! Have you ever tried to swat a fly with your hand, only to realize they are faster than you are? Flies process visual information is almost seven times faster than we humans do making our swatting attempts less likely than their ability to escape our wrath. Annoying huh?
Diseases Spread By the Housefly
Flies aren’t just an annoyance to us and our customers, they are detrimental to our businesses and carry a vast array of pathogens on their bodies and in their gut causing various foodborne illnesses such as Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Typhoid, Cholera, Bacillary Dysentery, Tuberculosis, E-coli, Bacillus Cereus, Enterobacter Cloacae and much more! Every time a fly lands, they defecate or regurgitate their last meal onto the surface on which they land. They have tiny hairs on their legs and feet which trap the microorganisms they encounter and transfer them to the next surface they land on. Flies congregate to feed and breed anywhere there is rotting garbage, animal or human feces, or dead, decaying animals. They then track the microorganisms they come in contact with back to our food prep areas, sterile workspaces, and where our customers congregate to eat. Some people won’t even return to a place where a fly has landed on their food or annoyed them while they ate. Flies can cause major issues in hospitals during outbreaks of various diseases because of their ability to transfer pathogens from one place to the next.
Fly Inspections, Control & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park, Texas
Flies are one bug that you do not want wreaking havoc in your place of business. Early intervention and prevention will save you time and money when it comes to dealing with these pests. A-Tex Pest Management prides themselves in providing top of the line quality pest control services. Their skilled technicians have the experience and tools necessary to keep your businesses pest-free. They will detect early warning signs to prevent an outbreak and know where to look to find the root cause of the issue at hand. Each case is unique and different, so they will make a customized plan built to suit your needs. Having a fly-free business is possible but it’s almost impossible to do alone. With the help of A-Tex Pest Management, you can be sure your problem is as good as gone! Contact us today!