In warm weather, like we've been experiencing of late, house flies breed rapidly and seem to replace themselves just as fast as our dispensers kill them.
If they are fortunate enough to survive a spray from an Ecomist dispenser, their lifecycle usually takes 2 – 4 weeks from eggs to adult, and the changes they go through are quite fascinating, as we'll find out below.
Although in recent years several imitations of pyrethrum, generally called synthetic pyrethroids, have become commercially available in the market, none of them alone combines all the unique properties of pyrethrum. These qualities include:
So there you go, next time you see a dead fly at the bottom of your window sill you’ll have an appreciation for all those morphological changes it has been through! The take-home message is "keep breeding and feeding options around the home to a minimum i.e. keep it clean." Your dispenser should take care of adults that come in from outside
Most of our blog content is posted on the Ecomist New Zealand blog before it is edited for the South African market.