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Rentokil provides Expert Advice on How to Keep Flies away during the Warmer Months

Flies are commonly associated with human food preparation and storage areas and are a source of annoyance in most kitchens, restaurants and food production facilities. They are attracted to alcohol and food waste and can rapidly increase if they have access to these food sources.

Flies also feed on faeces, manure and rotting organic produce and thus contaminate food meant for human consumption by transferring bacteria from these sources on their legs and the hairs that cover their bodies. Flies liquefy their food with their saliva and then use the tongue - which is shaped like a straw - to suck up dissolved food, in the process transmitting bacteria and pathogens.

Flies can transmit diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax and paralytic worms. It is therefore wise to get rid of them as soon as possible as not only do they ruin food but they also pose a serious risk to one’s health and the reputation of one’s business.

Getting rid of flies entirely can be difficult however, especially during the warmer months when the breeding cycle speeds up due to higher temperatures.

Rentokil offers some fly control tips to prevent flies from becoming a serious problem this summer: 

  • Limit their ability to breed and feed by removing all potential food sources as well as sources of stagnant water where they may breed.
  • Place fans near the most vulnerable areas of your property, such as the kitchen, and keep them blowing. Flies cannot land in a cross wind.
  • Empty rubbish bins at least twice a week and keep them as far away from doors as possible. Make sure all rubbish bins have tight fitting lids.
  • Seal entry points around windows and doors using sealant or caulking to plug any holes.
  • Rely on Mother Nature and grow herbs in containers. These seven herbs work magic to repel flies: Basil (and Lemon Basil), Rosemary, Lavender, Bay Leaf, Mint, Tansy and Sweet Woodruff.
  • For more effective fly control, you can purchase an electric fly killer. Rentokil offers the Luminos fly killers range that effectively eliminates flies and flying insects, especially in high risk areas.

Problems with flies or a fly infestation at commercial properties can lead to an unhygienic and unhealthy environment for customers and employees. The mere sight of flies may cause damage to the reputation of an establishment. For food manufacturing businesses especially, fly control is a critical element of HACCP compliance.

Types of treatment include spraying, fly bait stations, ultra-low volume fogging and fly control units specifically designed to meet the individual requirements of each business. Regular inspections by qualified pest controllers also prevent the re-occurrence of fly infestations.

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