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Flies are more than just a nuisance when they get into your home. They can also pose health risks for you and your family. Learn how flies get into your house and how to effectively eliminate them with advice from the PestFix® Pest Library.

There are more than 100 pathogens that have been associated with the fly. Everything from E. coli to salmonella can get into your home via these pesky flying insects, and those pathogens can lead to disease in humans and animals. In fact, flies help disease spread faster because they move quickly between rotting foods and garbage to exposed surfaces, utensils and food.

It’s important to get on top of a fly problem as soon as possible rather than waiting to see if it goes away. Just one pair of flies can produce over one million offspring (exponentially through their offspring’s offspring) in a matter of weeks. So even if it appears to be just a few flies at the moment, that could quickly balloon into an infestation right before your eyes.

There are several types of flies, including the house fly, blow fly, bottle fly, solider fly and fresh fly, which are generally the most common varieties found in the home. There are also smaller flies, like fruit flies and fungus gnats, along with flies that bite, such as stable flies and horse flies. Regardless of which type of fly is in your house, it will contribute to the spread of bacteria.

Once you notice flies in your home, you can take steps to curb the problem right away. First and foremost, clean any surfaces the flies have touched. Clean up any spills, crumbs or other food that might attract flies and ensure that your garbage can has a tight-fitting lid. You can use fly swatters or fly traps to help eliminate some flies on the spot. If the situation persists, contact our knowledgeable pest control experts at PestFix to learn more about our service options for fast, effective fly elimination in your household.