Three Things Every Bradenton Resident Ought To Know About Flies
There isn’t a single person born and raised here in Bradenton that has not dealt with flies. They are everywhere: at the park, in the woods, even inside our homes. It seems no matter where we go, flies want to join in on our fun. They land on party platters at family gatherings, they bite us when we are camping, and worse of all, they land on TV screens while we are trying to relax. The only question is, what can we do about them? Here are three things every Bradenton resident ought to know about flies.
Flies Are Not All Harmless
Flies themselves are not dangerous, however, the pathogens and bacteria they can carry can be. If you didn’t know, flies love hanging around garbage, feces, and rotting flesh. While doing this, flies can pick up a number of dangerous sickness vectors. Flies being studied by scientists have been found to be able to carry and spread over 200 known pathogens and parasites. That is a lot of ways for you, your family, and even your pets to get sick.
Many flies bite. These bites can be painful and cause red bumps and inflammation. If properly cared for, a fly bite should never be dangerous. However, if left unattended, it can lead to more serious medical problems.
Flies Come In Many Different Shapes And Sizes
In Florida alone, there are 18 different species of flies. The good news is that not all of them want to be in your home. Most are content to live out in the wild and can only be found invading homes occasionally, either by accident or to get away from inclement weather.
Flies come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Their colors can vary from metallic green/blue to bronze, and their size can range from a fruit fly at 3 mm long to a deer fly 32 mm long.
Most commonly the flies you will find in your home will be house flies. Not the most unique of names, but it does properly describe where they like to live. These flying bothers can be identified by their black bodies and reddish eyes, and are most often found in homes around garbage, food, and vegetation.
You Can Keep Flies Out Of Your Home
Despite their small size, there are a few things you can do to deter flies from getting into your home. Here are some prevention tips we recommend.
- Make sure your trashcans are all equipped with tight-fitting pest-proof lids.
- Use a caulking gun to seal up gaps, cracks, and holes in your home’s exterior.
- Fix or replace broken windows and door screens.
- Repair broken gutters so they can properly channel water away from your home.
- Fix leaks inside and consider installing dehumidifiers around particularly humid areas of your home.
- Clean frequently, preferably as messes happen. Do not neglect cleaning under appliances and furniture.
- Do not leave uncovered food out including fruits and vegetables. Store leftover food in airtight containers and/or in the fridge.
- Pick up and clean out pet food and water bowls after your pets are done with them.
How Keller’s Pest Control Can Help With Flies
At Keller’s Pest Control, we understand how frustrating and dangerous flies can be. For this reason, we offer quality pest control services. Using targeted treatments around your home, we can exclude and deter flies from getting past your exterior walls. With our services, you won’t have to worry about swatting a fly off your TV ever again.
Give us a call today if you have questions about our services or would like to schedule treatments for your Bradenton residence.