Fly Traps: A Matter of Life and Death?

Why bother using fly traps?


Your life may depend on it.


A stinky, gross little fly looks at the camera.

Okay, maybe that’s a little melodramatic. But flies are more than just a nuisance—they pose a real threat to human health and sanitation. These bothersome insects act as vectors for various bacteria, making them potential carriers of diseases. Fortunately, there is an easy and effective solution to combat outdoor fly populations: RESCUE! Fly Traps. In this article, we will explore the importance of utilizing fly traps in curbing the proliferation of flies and mitigating the associated health risks.

Filth by Association

Flies have a thing for consuming decaying matter, garbage, and animal waste, inadvertently collecting bacteria during their foraging escapades. Their propensity to land on surfaces indiscriminately facilitates the transfer of these microorganisms to food and other items they encounter. In addition to the bacteria carried on their bodies, flies regurgitate digestive enzymes when they feed, enabling the bacteria they carry to contaminate their surroundings.

Health Hazards: a Laundry List

The presence of uncontrolled populations of flies poses substantial health hazards due to their potential transmission of diseases. The list of illnesses that can be spread by flies is long and scary, including heavy hitters like salmonella, cholera, dysentery, and E. coli. Various studies indicate that flies are capable of transmitting 130350 different types of bacteria.

A Note About Chickens

We get a lot of questions from people wondering if it’s safe to feed the contents of their fly traps to their chickens, and for all the reasons mentioned above, we strongly advise against it. The same bacteria exposure risk that applies to humans applies to your chickens. And even if it didn’t, would you want to eat eggs laid by a chicken who’s been eating dead fly sludge? Yuck.

There is HopeA woman hangs a RESCUE Fly Trap.

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Deploying a few RESCUE! Fly Traps before a fly problem gets out of hand is the best way to keep flies—and their germs—away from you. Our fast-acting and highly effective formula quickly diverts flies away from inhabited areas, trapping them before they have a chance to reproduce. By using RESCUE! Fly Traps, you are not only addressing existing fly populations but also slamming the brakes on future growth.

Not sure which RESCUE! Fly Trap is right for you? We have a handy guide.