Flies win first prize in the annoyance factor category! Their constant buzzing, flying around your face, and landing on your food is the biggest call for pest control action.
But did you know that some carry bacteria on their mouthparts that is harmful to humans and animals?
As flies live on a liquid diet, the majority have mouthparts that allow them to lap food, pierce skin and suck. The fly species that fall within the ‘pest category’ rely on hosts for food and as a place for laying their eggs. Some species choose either living or dead flesh to lay these eggs.
Common types of Flies:
Houseflies (Musca domestica) – a very common, non-biting species. They can be identified by four stripes on their back. They tend to hang around humans and animals, and their diet includes wet or dry foods and decomposing organic matter.
Bushflies (Muscidae vetustissima) – these are the unwanted attendees of the family picnic or BBQ. They are also a non-biting species. The have two stripes on their back. They often flit around your face attempting to feed on the secretions around your eyes and mouth.
Mosquitoes – more information on these disease carrying species can be found here.
March Flies (Family Tabanidae) – biting species that is common in woodlands. The females feed on the blood of humans and other animals. The males feed on nectar.
Sand Flies (Family Ceratopogonidae) – common in areas close to water. Female sand flies feed on the blood of humans and other animals. The males feed on plant juices.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pest Control for Flies
“With the fly traps that SWATAPEST sell, what is the attractant for flies?”
We have found that chicken bones work well as long as you leave a little meat on them. However, they generally don’t start working until the meat starts to smell. Raw meats, liver, fish, steak, or mince also work well. However with the mince, it can depend on the fat content in the meat as fat actually appears to be a bit of a barrier. Any time you have rotten meat that you would normally throw away, chop it in pieces, keep it in the freezers and put a new piece out every couple of days. If you can catch hundreds of flies then at least you have got something out of it. Fresh animal excrement also works extremely well but that can be a little disgusting for most people. When we were trialling the fly traps, we always used to put the meat juice/blood into the base of the trap every time we had a BBQ. This was by far one of the better attractants for fly catching – in some cases hundreds in a day. Other good attractants can be molasses, eggs, beer, or brewer’s yeast.
If you are trying to catch fruit fly, just put in some fruit juice or some rotting fruit. It’s also important to note that different species will inhabit different areas, so bait that works well in one area may not be as productive in another area, so be sure to experiment to find what works best for the flies in your area. It’s always important to use fresh bait regularly and keep the bait as wet as possible for best results
“How many flies will my fly trap catch?”
This depends on the type of bait used, and how often you add fresh bait. We’ve experienced catching hundreds of flies in each trap each day and this was in an area where we were told there wasn’t really a bad fly problem. If flies are a real issue, it may be good idea to put several fly traps around the area.
Fly traps can be purchased from SWATAPEST for only $40.00. To order, please call SWATAPEST on 0411 808 383.
“After we put in a fly trap, does that mean we will not have any more flies coming into our house?”
You will have a reduction – how much of a reduction will obviously depend on the availability for flies to come inside. If all your windows have screens and the house is well shut up, then chances are, those pesky flies that follow you inside will greatly diminish in number. If your home is open and they can come and go, then whilst you will certainly have less, you will still have the odd few coming inside. If this is the case, we would strongly recommend that you put up 2 – 5 fly traps around your home to give you the best level of protection possible. Will the fly traps work on fruit flies? Initial testing has shown that they will catch fruit flies. However, one key is to ensure that all the fallen fruit is regularly picked up off the ground. The more competing sources the less the effectiveness of the traps.