How Flies Spread Disease and Ways to Get Rid of Them

There are more than 7700 species of flies in Australia, one of the most common being the housefly (Musca domestica). Flies live for up to three weeks and are particularly active in warmer weather. A female fly can deposit about 500 eggs over her lifetime, that's a lot of flies! They can be found breeding in all matter of organic matter including food for human consumption.

Housefly (Musca domestica)

Flies can Spread Disease

There is no doubt that flies are annoying, but more importantly, they can pose a threat to the health of humans and domestic animals. Gerozisis et al. (2008) state “Diseases that can be spread by flies include salmonella food-poisoning, dysentery, typhoid fever, cholera, hepatitis, tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, various parasitic worms and many others.” These are good reasons why there is a need to reduce fly population numbers.

Some Strategies to Keep Flies Out

There are some simple things that everyone can do to keep flies out of homes and businesses, most relate to reducing the availability of suitable breeding sites.

  • Ensure proper disposal of organic matter,reducing the places where houseflies lay eggs
  • Place rubbish in garbage bags and tie securely, and cleaning rubbish bins regularly
  • Keep windows screened
  • In food-handling premises, place air curtains/exhaust(blower) systems above doors
  • Install doors that open and close mechanically
A fly feasting on human food.

There are also ways to suppress housefly populations which include ultraviolet light traps, resin strips, and supermarket-bought spray insecticides.

SPM Uses Seclira Pressurised Fly Bait from BASF

The most effective way to suppress housefly populations can only be applied by a qualified and certified professional pest control company like Suburban Pest Management. Seclira Pressurised Fly Bait from BASF is one of the chemicals in the arsenal at SPM to rid houses and businesses of flies.

Seclira Pressurised Fly Bait

BASF have developed Seclira Pressurised Fly Bait to be a ground-breaking, ready-to-use pressurised fly bait, and one of the most effective on the market today. It comes in a ready-to-use pressurised spray, is applied to surfaces where flies feed and rest, and works best on non-porous surfaces. It dries colourless and with little odour.


It is not a conventional residual spray and does not work by flies contacting a sprayed surface. Attractants within the bait means that flies are unable to resist and will attempt to feed on treated surfaces.

It can be applied to surfaces as a spot or band treatment to control nuisance flies in seconds and provide up to 6 weeks residual efficacy.

Flies continue to be one of the most problematic pests that we experience each year. You can be reassured that Suburban Pest have the absolute best products available to use when it comes to controlling these annoying pests.

You can check out the Safety Data Sheet on our website if you wish to find out more about Seclira Pressurised Fly Bait or any other product that Suburban Pest uses.

At SPM, our local technicians have years of experience dealing with Brisbane and South East Queensland’s pest populations. For more information about the pest control products and services on offer for both residential and commercial applications, give SPM a call or enquire online today. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Gerozisis, J., Hadlington, P., Staunton, I., 5thEdition 2008, Urban Pest Management in Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney,p.p.169-172

Spider Pest Control

Spider pest control

Since spiders, too, lay eggs at an alarming rate—many lay thousands at a time—you need to move quickly to eradicate a spider infestation. They like damp, dark areas, and often build their webs in the corners of your home.

These biting pests inject toxins along with their bite—some can be fatal if untreated—so it’s important to get them out of your home. Depending on the species, we use sprays, baits, and dust to evict these eight-legged pests from your home for good.

Pest Control for Bedbugs

Bed bug

Difficult to identify because they only come out at night, these tiny creatures feast on your blood. If you see rusty-coloured spots on your bedding or tiny casings on your floor, you might have a bedbug infestation.

Bedbugs hatch in about 12 days. At about five eggs a day for each female, that’s a lot of bedbugs in a short time. Call us immediately if you suspect a bedbug infestation.

We’ll use an effective insecticide to kill the bugs and their remaining eggs. Then, we’ll advise you to wash any infected bedding in hot water to ensure they won’t come back.

Control Mosquito Invasions with Suburban Pest Management

Control mosquitoes with pest control

Flying blood-suckers who know how to ruin the perfect summer day, mosquitoes carry dangerous diseases, including the Zika virus.

To treat mosquitoes, we find areas of standing water around your yard and garden since that’s where mosquitoes lay their eggs and where their larvae mature. When you drain these areas, you’ll have gotten rid of a large part of the problem. We often use attractant lights and pheromone products that attract and trap mosquitoes inside the product itself for a neat, effective solution. We also may use fogging to eradicate the adult mosquitoes around your property and advise you to check your yard and garden regularly and to dump even the smallest bit of standing water lying around.

Get Rid of Wasps with Proactive Pest Control

Proactive pest control eliminates wasps

These stinging, flying insects reproduce quickly, maturing in 22 days after the female lays an egg. Many people are allergic to their stings, too, making them doubly dangerous.

At Suburban Pest Management, we find and destroy all the nests we find, spraying them to make sure that any stray wasps will be killed on contact with the chemical when they return. On our regular check-ups, we’ll look for any new nest starts and eliminate them immediately.

How to Control Flies

Pest control stops fly-borne diseases

These disease-spreading insects fly fast and lay eggs at a rate of 150 per day. We use sprays, baits, traps, and UV lights to get rid of them. We also inspect your property and eliminate any areas that attract flies or allow them to breed easily.

We’ll advise you on ways to prevent any future fly infestations as well. Always cover garbage receptacles tightly. As soon as you finish preparing and eating meals, clean up right away so no crumbs or stray water spills are left on the countertop.

How to Control Fleas and Ticks

Control ticks that spread blood-borne diseases

Because these animals transmit parasites, like tapeworms, to both you and your pets, as well as blood-and saliva-borne diseases, they are dangerous to you and your four-legged companions.

With an adult female flea laying four to eight eggs after every (blood) meal, they are difficult to get rid of. It takes a partnership among you, your veterinarian, and your pest control provider to fully rid your home and its premises of these creatures.

Your veterinarian will recommend a monthly preventative to administer to your pets either orally, or on your pets’ skin. We will spray, fog, and use a chemical called an insect growth regulator to treat your home and surrounds.

With careful attention and close partnership with the pest control experts at Suburban and your veterinarian, you’ll be able to eliminate these pests from your home and premises.

How to Eliminate Textile Pests

Carpet beetles and clothes moths do a lot of damage to your wardrobe, upholstery, carpeting, and other household textiles. Although their maturation time from egg to adult can be up to a year, we need to catch them early on so they don’t damage your valuable textiles. Also, with case-making clothes moths, they can damage the carpet beneath furnishings where you can’t see them.

We use sprays to kill these pests and advise you to wash all the suspected clothes or other furnishings with hot water. During our check-ups, we’ll make sure these destructive houseguests don’t return to do more damage.

Getting Rid of Mice and Rats

Get rid of mice and rats

Despite their often cute appearance, these rodents are nothing even close to cute inside your home. Spreading disease wherever they go, they traipse through your pantry and garbage, feeding off whatever they find and tracking their germs throughout your home.

We use targeted, locked baits that eliminate the pests, yet pose no threat to your family, guests,  or household pets. If we find places where they may have entered your home, such as small cracks or gaps in window or door seals, we seal these areas up so they can’t come back.

Pest Control for Silverfish

Pest control for silverfish

Another lover of the dark and damp, silverfish prefer to make their homes in your bathroom and kitchen, your basement, or your roof void. They eat paper in your stored boxes—sometimes the box itself—glue, textiles, or stored food.

They spread germs as they sneak around your home in search of food. We target these pests with chemicals that are specially designed to eradicate them. After we leave, we’ll check your home on a periodic basis for as long as your contract lasts.

Keep your home well-dusted and vacuumed and store your food in tightly sealed containers, and you’ll make it clear to silverfish that they’re not welcome in your home.

Pantry Moth Pest Control

Pantry moths burrow into your dry goods for a feed and then emerge to mate to continue their life cycle. Keep these destructive pests out of your pantry with effective pest control from Suburban.

Pantry moths are difficult to eliminate without professional pest removal. To get the larvae and eggs that are inside your food, you need the specially targeted pesticides and other products only available from pest professionals.

These pesticides won’t harm your family, your pets, or the environment, like over-the-counter pesticides do, but they’ll put an end to the pantry moths’ life cycle.

Find an Exterminator Who Knows Brisbane’s Common Pests

At Suburban Pest Management, our local technicians have years of experience with Brisbane and the Gold Coast’s pest populations. Well-trained on exterminating all the pest common to our area, our pest inspectors and technicians will have your home free from pests for the long run.

With our proven track record, attested to by our many Brisbane and Gold Coast customers’ pest control reviews, Suburban delivers the goods when it comes to effective pest control.

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