Flies in Restaurants: Exclusion and Prevention
Shoo, Fly — Don’t Bother Me
Flies aren’t just annoying — they pose a serious threat to restaurant employees, too, which is a double whammy for restaurateurs. What’s worse, restaurants provide everything flies need to survive, such as water and food, so they’re naturally attracted to your establishment. Take action against flies today to help prevent any types of fly species from dining at your restaurant.
Where are flies spotted in restaurants most often?
Flies don’t discriminate — while they are most often found near food, you can find them in all areas of restaurants, from kitchens and dining rooms to even restrooms. They can also be found outdoors near dumpsters and on patios. The flies you may encounter at your restaurant include house flies, drain flies, fruit flies and small flies.
Why are flies a threat to restaurant diners and employees?
Flies can carry more than 100 pathogens, including bacteria like E. coli, Staphylococcus and Shigella. House flies in particular are one of the filthiest pests. The various pathogens flies can carry may cause diseases ranging from typhoid, tuberculosis, dysentery and cholera. These pests reproduce rapidly, and larvae take just seven to 10 days to reach adulthood. Under the right conditions, fly populations can explode.
How do flies find their way inside restaurants, and how can I prevent them?
Flies can enter your restaurant through doorways and windows, and they’re often attracted to buildings by pleasant and unattractive food odors alike, exterior lighting and optimal temperatures. Consider these tips to help prevent fly activity on your property:
- Place dumpsters as far away as possible and work with your waste management provider on setting a regular pickup and dumpster rotation schedule.
- Keep all outdoor dining areas as clean as possible and replace outdoor fluorescent lights with sodium vapor bulbs, which are less attractive to flies and other flying insects.
- Clean up food and water spills immediately, and clear tables as quickly as possible.
- Install screens on vents, doors and windows.
- Regularly flush drains with water and an organic cleaner.
Make They Fly – Away From Your Restaurant
Even if you’ve done all you can on your own to prevent flies, you may still need to call in the experts – and Orkin can help. After inspecting your establishment, we will recommend a customized program that features exclusion, sanitation and mechanical methods to help prevent fly activity. Your program could involve:
- Exclusion: These proactive methods help prevent flies from finding entry points. Examples include air curtains, door sweeps, weather stripping and double-door entryways.
- Sanitation: Proper sanitation helps eliminate food, water sources and odors that attract flies in the first place – both inside and outside the building.
- Mechanical Control: Mechanical methods physically control flies and include Insect Light Traps (ILTs) and fly traps. ILTs are placed inside near entrances to the building, and fly traps are used wherever an ILT would not be appropriate.
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