Flies That Eat Dead Things!
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. Bluebottles and green bottles, in particular, are very distinctive and recognisable to most people.
Blowfly infestations often present as large blooms of hundreds or thousands of flies. Large blooms appear suddenly over a few days are a sure sign that nature has cleaned up.
You must view flies as a blessing in disguise. Fly larvae quickly consume putrid, stinking carcasses and protein-based products, quickly 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. This includes manure, yet they can also be seen on flowers where they also consume carbohydrate-rich nectar.
Blowflies are generally strong, stout, and noisy fliers that we hear before we see. In the autumn flies come indoors to overwinter, before emerging once again during the warmer days of spring.
A common site of activity and infestation is your loft, UPVC window frames and cavities within sash windows. In most situations, overwintering flies will often turn out to be cluster flies.
Lure based Flytraps are very effective against blowflies, as are electronic fly killers or EFK’s.
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.
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