Are flies intruding at your business?
If so, you need to be concerned.
The mere presence of flies is a nuisance, but flies can carry and transmit disease-causing organisms. There are thousands of species of flies, but the most common ones are the housefly, bottle fly, fruit fly and drain fly. Flies are a major pest management concern because they can affect human health. They also affect food safety in convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants and many other businesses. Flies can also pose economic concerns and tarnish the reputation of a business. Stringent governmental regulations and standards must be met!
What about health concerns?
Common pest flies can and do create health-related problems. There are many disease organisms associated with flies. They serve as carriers of disease agents due to their preference for feeding on human food, garbage and animal waste. Flies are known to carry bacteria and viruses that cause conditions such as diarrhea, food poisoning, eye infections, dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever, tuberculosis and parasitic worms such as tapeworms. They transmit disease-causing organisms through their vomit, feces and contaminated body parts. Flies must take their nourishment in liquid form. They salivate on solid food and allow it to dissolve before consuming it. A fly can contaminate food merely by landing on it. For example, house flies defecate and regurgitate whenever they come to rest.
What about economic concerns?
Flies can be a major problem in your business because they reproduce quickly and in large numbers. The adult female fly may produce up to 1,000 eggs in her lifetime. These eggs become larvae in hours and fully-grown in only a few days. Flies, particularly in large numbers, create customer dissatisfaction and may become a potential public relations concern. Fly management is essential to meet food standards set forth by the USDA, FDA and local health inspectors. Violations can lead to large fines or closure of the facility. An effective fly management program can be customized for your business to meet industry standards and governmental regulations.
Identifying the most common pest flies
The fly most familiar to everyone is the house fly. This fly is one-quarter inch long, dull gray with 4 dark stripes on the thorax. The housefly usually lives anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks. It likes to feed on animal waste, garbage and human foods.
Bottle flies are one-eighth to five-eighths of an inch long. They are either metallic blue, green, bronze or shiny black. These flies are scavengers that show up in meat and animal carcasses, but also in garbage and excrement.
Fruit flies are small pests commonly found anywhere where food is being processed. These flies are one-eighth inch long, yellowish-brown with red eyes. The common fruit fly hovers around ripe or decaying fruits, vegetables and also garbage. The dark-eyed fruit fly spends much of its time resting on walls.
Drain flies are densely covered with long hairs. They are one-eighth inch long and live anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks. These flies live on decaying organic matter in and around sinks and drains.
Dodson Pest Control Innovative Solutions
Dodson has the knowledge and experience to assist you with fly management. Our technicians will evaluate your concerns and develop a customized approach to provide effective control of common pest flies all year long. The nature and extent of the fly problem needs to be well defined before deciding which fly management measures would be the most effective. Our objectives are to reduce the number of flies that enter the building, plus quickly capture those flies that do find their way inside the facility. Fly management is a 5-step process that includes inspection, identification, sanitation, possible mechanical control and residual treatment control:
- Inspection. Your Dodson Pest Control professional will inspect all potential gathering, breeding and access areas for flies.
- Identification. The next step is to identify the problem flies and prescribe an effective fly management strategy.
- Sanitation. Dodson Pest Control will work with you to structure a complete sanitation program for your business with recommendations to prevent fly entry such as:
- Trash containment and timely removal.
- Regular cleaning of food storage and preparation areas and surfaces.
- Cleaning and sanitizing drains.
- Monitoring for moisture, spillage and debris that can provide breeding areas for flies.
- Mechanical Control. This involves exclusion using methods such as: (PHOTO)
- Screening, caulking and sealing windows and doors.
- Installing air curtains as preventive barriers.
- Installing bait traps to control flies.
- Modifying temperature and lighting conditions.
- Treatment Control. Other treatment options may include the following:
- Applying microbial foam to appropriate areas.
- Residual treatments and granular baits.
- Installing electrical light traps to capture flies.
- ULV fogging applications.
- Automatic aerosol dispensers.
Proper pest management and sanitation are essential to protect your business from flies and to maintain and ensure a healthy environment.
Contact your local Dodson office today