Flies carry pathogens on their legs and body, and many of these bacteria and viruses can land on food, contaminating it. They also bring with them their own fecal matter, which is harmful to humans. Clean your kitchen to reduce the risk of contaminated food. However, you should remember that flies do not have teeth. They feed by sucking food fluids and regurgitating them. Often they eat rotting meat or feces, which is filled with harmful bacteria. Flies can transmit over 65 different diseases, including cholera and typhoid fever.
In addition to causing irritation, flies can carry pathogenic bacteria. These flies are a nuisance because they don’t bite humans, but they can spread disease. They also cause food poisoning and diarrhea. Since they are attracted to decaying animal matter, they can easily get into your home through cracks and gaps.
Stable flies can spread to distant areas and even infest uninfested areas overnight. Some flies can transmit tularemia, a bacterial disease, so it’s important to avoid areas where they are most active. You should also wear light-colored clothing and consider applying a repellent labeled for biting flies.
Flies may also enter your home through broken screens and gaps around pipes. They can also enter through vents and roofs. They are attracted to strong-smelling items like dog poop. Properly managing your garbage and waste will help prevent flies from overtaking your home.