The mere presence of flies is a nuisance, but flies can transmit disease-causing organisms. There are thousands of species of flies, but the most common ones are the House Fly (Muscat domestic), Bottle Fly (Phoenicia seriatim), Fruit Fly (Drosophila fineries), and Drain Fly (Clogmia albipunctata).
Flies are a major pest management concern because they can affect human health. They also affect food safety in convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants and many other businesses. Flies can also pose economic concerns and tarnish the reputation of a business. Stringent governmental regulations and standards must be met!
Common pest flies can and do create health-related problems. There are many disease organisms associated with flies. They serve as carriers of disease agents due to their preference for feeding on human food, garbage and animal waste. Flies are known to carry bacteria and viruses that cause conditions such as diarrhoea, food poisoning, eye infections, dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever, tuberculosis and parasitic worms such as tapeworms. They transmit disease-causing organisms through their vomit, feces and contaminated body parts. Flies must take their nourishment in liquid form. They salivate on solid food and allow it to dissolve before consuming it. A fly can contaminate food merely by landing on it. For example, house flies defecate and regurgitate whenever they come to rest.
Flies can be a major problem in your business because they reproduce quickly and in large numbers. The adult female fly may produce up to 1,000 eggs in her lifetime. These eggs become larvae in hours and fully-grown in only a few days. Flies, particularly in large numbers, create customer dissatisfaction and may become a potential public relations concern.