In the heat of the Australian summer those who have fly screens, patio enclosures or screened bi-fold doors are undoubtedly thankful that they can fling open doors and windows, safe in the knowledge that they’re protected from those annoying insects that plague us during this time. Clearly comfort is reason enough why many choose to invest in good quality screens, but did you know that they can also protect you and your family from allergies and disease?
Flies can transfer bacteria
Flies for example are ever present in the summer and despite the fact that they don’t bite they like nothing more than a spot of food to land on. This doesn’t go down particularly well when BBQ season is in full flow. You might think that flies are harmless but they are known to transfer all sorts of bacteria such as Norovirus, Listeria, E-coli and salmonella, when they land on food. At best, anyone who picks up a bacteria such as those listed above is likely to feel very ill and at worst, it could be fatal.
Cockroaches leave behind deposits
Cockroaches are another culprit. Did you know that there are just under 4000 species of cockroach in the world and not all of them carry disease. Aside from that they’re actually fastidiously clean, constantly grooming, just like cats. That said, they can leave deposits behind, especially in their faeces. It’s this that is known to cause problems to over 60% of asthma sufferers worldwide who are exposed to cockroach deposits. These microscopic allergens can bring about symptoms such as uncomfortable skin rashes, watery eyes, nasal congestion and even a full blown asthma attack.
Mosquitos – more than just annoying
So what about mosquito’s? Yes they’re incredibly annoying and to most people when they do get bitten they’re left with an itchy area for a day or so. However in some people, mosquito bites can cause serious allergic reactions with far-reaching consequences.
Bites can become infected
Sand flies and midges are smaller than the mosquito and are the bane of many a Brisbanite. Often less than half a millimetre in length, they’re hard to spot with the naked eye. That is until they give you a nasty nip. Although unlike the mosquito, they don’t carry any disease, their bites can become infected, if you continue to scratch them.
If you haven’t yet installed a fly screen to your property and feel that it’s about time you did, then why not contact Down Under Insect Screens. We’ve been installing high quality screens to houses and businesses for many years. Our expert staff are on hand to answer all of your questions. Contact us today on 07 3807 3355 to find out more.