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Is It Dangerous To Have Blow Flies In My Worcester Home?

a blow fly on a piece of meat

There isn’t a pest that is more annoying than the fly. It seems like these insects were made to cause people to want to rip their hair out. Fortunately, technology has created ways to eliminate these pests. The only downside is that sometimes it requires a tremendous amount of effort for just one fly death. That said, is it even worth spending that effort? Are flies dangerous or are they just annoying? We are going to answer this question today as we take a deep dive into the problems that blow flies bring into Worcester homes.

What Are Blow Flies?

Blow flies are what you expect when you hear the word fly. They are in every horse movie, a regular guest around the dinner table, and easily identifiable by their large eyes, metallic green bodies, and short wings. Adult blow flies grow to be 9 to 22 mm long and give birth to maggots with hook-like mouthparts and spiracles which they use for breathing. 

How Blow Flies Get Into Homes

Blow flies live both indoors and outdoors and regularly transfer between these two areas. Due to their small size, all these pests need to get into area homes is a small gap or crack. They find these entry points around window/door frames, beneath doors, through damaged screens, along weatherstripping, and in other less obvious locations. If you regularly leave unscreened doors and windows open, they will come in through these openings as well.

The Dangers Of Blow Flies

Blow flies do not seem dangerous until you consider that they vomit on their food before consuming it. They also love eating fecal matter, decaying organisms, and other bacteria-ridden objects. While munching on these gross things, blow flies can pick up dangerous disease-causing organisms like bacteria, pathogens, and parasites. They then carry these sickness vectors around homes and over left-out food. They will also spread diseases directly into open wounds or skin lesions. Some of the most common sicknesses you might contract from these pests are dysentery, eye infections, and other serious illnesses.

Some Prevention Tips For Blow Flies

The good news is that blow flies are preventable with a bit of effort. To start, we recommend following these simple tips and tricks around your home and property. 

  • Make sure your window/door screens are in good working condition.
  •  Repair damage to weatherstripping and door sweeps.
  • Keep unscreened doors and windows closed as much as possible.
  • Wipe up drink spills and clean food messes as they occur around your home. 
  • Store leftover food inside airtight containers.
  • Clean and dry out sinks regularly.
  • Use a dehumidifier indoors to keep moisture levels down.
  • Repair leaky piping and fixtures.
  • Make sure your gutters are working properly.
  • Remove sources of water buildup in and around your home.

One thing to keep in mind with DIY fly prevention is that it is only so effective. If you are putting in the effort but still noticing these pests inside your home or don’t have time to even try these prevention tips, you need professional help.

How Professional Help Deters Blow Flies

At Big Blue Bug Solutions, we know how to identify pest pressures and what strategies work best to keep annoying and dangerous flies outside where they belong. Using industrial-grade products and advanced pest control strategies, we treat your living areas and create a lasting barrier around your home to keep a range of pests at bay, including blow flies. Contact us now to learn more about our service options and find a time to have your Worcester home inspected for dangerous flies.