The public impression of flies is that they are rather dirty insects with horrible habits, carrying disease into our homes. On the whole this is true of the flies that have close contact with humans. Flies have sponge tips on their legs called proboscis which suck up material from anything they may land on and then deposit it else where. They also eject saliva onto solid food which they then suck back up. Common misconception is that the larger flies are the biggest culprit of disease transmission, this is not true, and in fact the smaller flies are an equal public health risk.
The Common House fly is the fly most people think of in a domestic setting. They are about 10mm long, very active and can cover relatively large distances. They breed in rotting vegetable matter or animal faeces. They transmit disease and intestinal parasitic worms and have been linked to the spread of typhoid and cholera. Similar to this, the Lesser House Fly is also often found in our homes. Smaller than the Common House Fly, they can often be seen flying in random patterns around light fitting etc in the centre of a room. We can provide building proofing and chemical solutions to help prevent these unwelcome visitors entering your home.
Cluster Flies are also noteworthy. They are often found in loft spaces during the winter when they hibernate away from the cold weather. They only become a nuisance to the home owner during the autumn and spring when they are entering and exiting the property. They return to the same sites to hibernate each year and are best controlled in the winter when most are present. Please call us for a free site survey and advice on treatment.
Cockroaches are a serious pubic health pest in the UK and their notorious ability to survive in extreme conditions makes them difficult to eradicate without specialist knowledge. There are two main types of cockroach present in the UK. These are Oriental Cockroaches and German Cockroaches. Between the two, their adaptability means you can find one or the other in just about any environment.
Oriental Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and prefer more temperate climates. They are found indoors in heated buildings, in ducts, drains and outdoors near buildings. They are carriers of disease and transfer pathogens from their harbourage in drains to food preparation areas and ultimately our tables.
German Cockroaches prefer warm and humid conditions and can be found in warm indoor environments such as heating systems and kitchens. They are rarely seen outside. They require a water source and often harbour in and around drains, sinks and taps during their inactive daytime period. They feed on a wide variety of organic material including human waste products.
Control of cockroaches can be troublesome and a planned, integrated approach is necessary if eradication is to be successful. As they are nocturnal, it is easy to underestimate the scale of the infestation. Domestically available products do little more than kill individual insects and rarely make an impact on the numbers present.
Other flying Insects
There are many species of flying insects which frequently make their way into our homes and businesses. We are trained and equipped to identify and deal with any issue you may have. Please give us a call and we will be happy to identify the problem and suggest a solution to suit your circumstance.