The Flies That Eat Dead Things!
Blow Fly Pest Control – FAQ’s
What are Blow Flies?
Blow Flies or blowflies – Order; Diptera (two-winged) – Family – Calliphoridae. The name refers to the old English term “Fly Blown” that refers to meat covered in fly eggs.
Due to their amazing metallic colours, these insects are among the most recognisable flies in the UK. Blue bottles and green bottles, in particular, are very distinctive and recognisable to most people.
Blowfly infestations where large blooms of hundreds or thousands of flies appear suddenly over a few days are a sure sign that nature has cleaned up.
Flies are a blessing in disguise, quickly consuming putrid, stinking carcasses and protein-based products and ending the smell as they do.
Where Do Blowflies Come From?
These nuisance flies feed on carrion. A rodent that has died after a pest control treatment under your floor is a great example. Flies also consume decaying organic matter like manure, yet they can also be seen on flowers where they also consume carbohydrate-rich nectar.
Blowflies are generally strong, stout, and noisy fliers. They are seen in our homes in autumn when they come indoors to shelter, and overwinter and once more when they emerge during the warmer days of spring.
A common site of infestation are lofts, UPVC window frames and the internal cavities of sash windows, although the vast majority of these flies are likely to be cluster flies
Lure based Flytraps are very effective against blowflies, as are electronic fly killers or EFK’s as they are more commonly known.
Why Are Blowflies in The House?
The flies feed on a variety of dead animals that include birds and rodents.
These animals die in our homes more regularly than you might think and if it were not for the amazing work of the blowflies larvae or maggots, a house would stink of death for months!
Could A Blowfly Bite You?
No – Blowflies don’t bite.
Is This Species Of Fly Dangerous?
Flies like the bluebottle and green bottle flies have been associated with a large number of significant diseases. It is the diseases they carry that cause the microbiological contamination of foods and surfaces.
What Diseases Do Blowflies Spread?
They are important disease vectors, spreading pathogenic micro-organisms that include Dysentery, Salmonella, Typhoid Fever, E-coli and many others as a result of the contact they have with their food of choice – dung and carrion.
How Do Blow Flies Spread Disease?
All flies carry bacteria and microorganisms on and within their bodies. This makes flies the perfect physical and microbiological contaminant of food.
When they settle on a suitable food source or surface they taste it by regurgitating contaminated digestive enzymes (e.g. from dung, sewage and carrion), before lapping them back up. These enzymes or digestive juices are termed proteolytic or protein splitting.