Flies are the most common and most familiar of all insects which in close association with man and occur throughout the year abundantly. Flies should be regarded as a sign of a lack of sanitation and their numbers as an index of that lack of sanitation.
The fly Musca domestica found in Mumbai is called as housefly. Its breeding places vary from fresh horse manure, garbage to decaying foods and vegetables. They are prevalent near dwelling houses, restaurants, hospitals, cattle shades, slaughter houses, dumping grounds, markets etc.
The span of metamorphosis of fly is variable as per the environmental conditions and nature of breeding grounds.
The flies transmit diseases like Typhoid, Diarrhoea, Dysentery, Cholera, Gastro-enteritis, conjunctivitis etc. The control of flies can be achieved by using various types of Insecticides in operational methods ranging from residual sprays, space sprays and dusting. However, constant control can be achieved by eliminating their breeding places and by bringing an overall improvement in the environmental sanitation.
The MCGM does its part to get rid of flies by keeping a record of potential fly breeding places such as dustbins, refuse dumps, municipal/private markets slums, and to arrange antifly spraying according to programme and instructions received from the Pest Control Officer.
Source: This information was obtained from the MCGM
Tags: Pest Menace