With heavy rains and flooding alerts continuing this Spring in Toronto insect populations are anticipated to continue to increase, potentially leading to problems with flies and mosquitoes this Summer. With fly populations on the rise it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with common fly types around Toronto and the risks they can pose. We offer a complete range of fly control Toronto solutions.
Flies are insects of the order Diptera and this order has more than a million species in it, with around 150,000 of them being awarded descriptions. One of the largest insect orders in the chronicles of ecology, flies are an important species in nature’s scheme of things and prove to be a major nuisance as well as health hazard on several fronts.
Although the size of common pest flies does not help them in posing any danger to humans, the diseases they spread and the health hazards associated with them cause enough damage to know that having flies in the household or anywhere in your vicinity isn’t a healthy notion at all.
Houseflies are not only a nuisance but they can also transmit diseases as they feed on almost everything including garbage, feces and carcasses. When indoors they rest on walls, ceilings and objects and can contaminate household items.
Cluster Flies are also known as Attic Flies and stick to earthworms when it comes to their diet. The female cluster flies usually lay their eggs near the burrows of earthworms, which is mostly outdoors, and the larvae of these flies then infest the earthworms there.
Also referred to as blue or green bottle flies, Blow flies are robust flies with shiny metallic bodies that can often be found in homes during winter and early spring. These “buzzing” insects develop in manure or dead animal carcasses.
A Fly’s Feeding Process
Now, while we all know that flies tend to move from one unhygienic surface to another in search of food, and often end up landing on our food with loads of bacteria and viruses latched onto their bodies, the process through which flies feed itself is enough to know just why these insects are a hazard to human health.
In order to feed, a fly first vomits the contents of its stomach onto the food it wishes to consume. These content, since they contain the digestive juices present in the stomach, begin to break down the food into smaller particles. This liquefied or semi-solid food is then sucked back by the fly through its proboscis and thus, the food, along with the vomited contents of the stomach goes back into its body.
This process therefore exposes any food that the fly feeds on with loads of bacteria and viruses and therefore proves to be a major reason for keeping flies away from any food that we are about to consume.
Diseases and Illnesses Associated with Flies
Around the world, flies are responsible for spreading various serious diseases and even the common housefly can be the cause of Cholera, Anthrax, Tuberculosis, Dysentery, Tularemia, Typhoid Fever, Poliomyletis and even Leprosy.
The tendency of flies to defecate and regurgitate on even the food they feed on, as well as their frequency of settling down on unhygienic and bacteria and virus-filled surfaces, make them a prominent health hazard.
While the truly dangerous flies are not a common species around the world, the ones that are prevalent in the urban world are enough to cause serious damages on the health front. Therefore, it needs to be understood that flies have no place in human habitat.
The extermination of flies is a detailed process that also needs to take into account the elimination of fly larvae and eggs, and only then can a fly infestation be truly removed. For more information on fly extermination you can visit our service page here.
Alternatively there are several fly control methods that involve trapping.
Other interesting Facts About Flies
Although flies are usually associated with spreading diseases through their eating habits and ability to move from one unhygienic surface to another carrying various disease-causing germs, there are a few of their species that pose real dangers too.
The larvae of the Bot Fly, for example, are internal parasites and can even live under the skin of humans. In some cases, humans can even feel the growing larvae moving beneath their skin. Bot Fly larvae infections are a real threat across Central and South America.
Tse Tse flies represent another species of fly that are a threat to humans as well as other animals. It is officially the deadliest insect in Africa, overtaking even mosquitoes. Tse Tse flies feed off the blood of vertebrates and in Africa alone, more than half a million people have been estimated to have lost their lives due to the toxins injected by these flies during their bites. While the venom injected usually makes a victim drowsy and sleepy, in some case, it could even lead to death.
If you are experiencing problems with flies call The Exterminators: 647-608-4186. We also offer a complete range of flying insect control products.
Flying insect problems are on the rise in Toronto.
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