Not only are flies annoying, but these flying insects pose health risks; spreading with them bacteria that can cause harmful diseases. It’s important to employ fly control methods to get rid of flies before they become a real problem.
Summer is in full swing and so are the flies. Flies feed by regurgitating onto our food and then using their straw-shaped tongues to suck up the partially dissolved food. Flies like to eat what we eat, but they also feed on bacteria–laden faeces, manure and rotting produce, thus contaminating food for human consumption when they move from one surface to another. They are known to carry bacteria such as E.Coli, the primary cause of gastroenteritis, diarrhoea and vomiting.
As much as these flying insects may worry you at home, the result of a fly infestation for a business is far more serious. Flies create an unhygienic and unhealthy environment for customers and employees, and the mere sight of flies may cause damage to the reputation of any establishment. For food manufacturing businesses, fly control is a critical element of HACCP compliance.
As there are over 100, 000 species of flies worldwide, knowing your enemy is crucial in the battle to prevent a fly infestation and effectively get rid of flies. Different species have different breeding habits, and are attracted to different sources of food. Certain flies are commonly associated with human food preparation and storage areas and are therefore a source of annoyance for commercial kitchens and restaurants. Some are attracted to alcohol and sugary drinks and are more problematic in bars. Others still are attracted particularly to decaying meat and meat products and are a problem for the meat processing industry.
The Rentokil pest control technicians are experts in fly biology, allowing them to identify the type of fly, their breeding habits, entry points and preferred food source, and enabling them to offer appropriate advice regarding insect proofing and housekeeping so that flies are prevented from entering the premises and breeding further.
Wondering how to get rid of flies? See our fly control tips to help prevent flies from ruining your summer:
- Limit flies ability to breed and feed by removing all potential food sources. This includes leftover food, soft fruits, spilled drinks and pet food. Eliminate any sources of stagnant water where flies may breed.
- Place fans near the most vulnerable areas in your property, like doors, and keep them blowing. Flies cannot land in a cross wind.
- Empty your rubbish bins at least twice a week and keep them as far away from doors as possible to prevent a fly infestation from occurring.
- Ensure that rubbish bins seal tightly and are always closed.
- Get rid of flies by sealing entry points around windows and doors using sealant or caulking to plug the holes, which prevents them from entering.
- Install fly strips across doorways, and fly screens across windows. Alternately ensure doors and windows remain closed.
Whilst prevention is always better than cure, once a fly infestation has taken place, it is important to call in the experts to get rid of flies successfully. Rentokil technicians are trained in a number of fly control methods, such as spraying, installing fly traps and bait stations, ultra-low volume fogging and the installation of fly control units specifically designed to meet the individual requirements of businesses. Their expert knowledge of fly biology means more efficiently targeted insecticide application. Regular inspections by qualified pest control technicians also prevent the re-occurrence of a fly infestation.