Flies are definitely a nuisance to a neighbourhood and a business. The presence of flies often indicates unclean conditions with poor sanitation and waste disposal. No one would like to encounter flies, let alone a whole swarm of them. An infestation of flies has been becoming more common around Singapore, especially when Singapore grows and becomes even more densely populated. The infestation of flies is quick as the population of flies can multiply exponentially within a brief period of time.

Flies not only pose as a nuisance, but they also pose a threat to the health and the general well-being of society. Flies collect pathogens on their legs and mouth as they always live in a filthy environments. Hence, flies would be able to transmit these communicable diseases from one household to another. Such diseases include cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever, salmonella etc.

The most common fly species that can be found in Singapore are Housefly, Flesh Fly, Blow Fly, Sewer Fly, Phorid Fly, Fruit Fly and Dung Fly.

Management Strategies

Inspection

Treatment

A residual insecticide is sprayed on the fly feeding and breeding sites.
ULV misting is used indoors to create a space filled with insecticide to knock down the adult flies. The chemical droplets produced are fine, thus ensuring even coverage with low volumes.
Equipped with UV light and glue board. Flies that are attracted to UV light will adhere to the glue board.

Preventive Measures

  • Clean up food sources such as crumbs and spills right away.
  • Keep garbage can and dumpster lids tightly closed. Empty and clean them regularly.
  • Have a proper disposal of manure, and decaying plant and animal materials/dry them up before discarding.
  • Have a proper drainage system.
  • Eliminate excessive moisture areas.
  • Install meshes/finer screens.
  • Keep doors, windows, and other openings closed and seal all possible entry points of flies.

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