Controlling Flies in a Food Preparation Environment

Fly Bait, killing flies, fly traps, pest control, do it yourself pest control,, epest solutionsIf you are in any type of customer oriented business, one quick way to end repeat business is with this three letter word; F-L-Y. Consciously or subconsciously, people detest the sight of buzzing flies in any area that they want to spend their hard earned money, but most especially in places that are preparing their food. In this article we discuss fly control procedures for food industry clients.

In the food industry it is not only important to control flies for sanitation purposes, but also for the continue survival of your business. Customers will not continue to visit and eat at an establishment with a constant fly issue. Even a cutesy farm stand can lose customers when they are annoyed by this tiny pest.

The house fly is a widely recognized insect, measuring only about 1/6 to 1/4 inch in length, they make their presence known, with little regard for personal space.

The house fly enjoys banquets of fermenting food, with fresh animal manure being a
welcome breeding area for the house fly. Open dumpsters and refuse receptacles are
also very important breeding sites. Any type of fly can live and breed quickly and in large
numbers where dumpsters, trash cans, and recycling centers are readily available.

The house fly will has four stages in its life cycle: egg, larvae or maggot, pupa and adult.
The female will lay 20 to 50 eggs in a preferred breeding area, laying 350 to 900 eggs over
a short number of days. It actually only takes 4 to 12 days after emerging from the pupae
case for the female fly to begin reproducing. If you are handy with a calculator, it is easy to
see that a fly infestation can occur vary rapidly and over a relatively short period of time
with only 1 active female and favorable breeding conditions.

Management of Filth Flies

Integrated Pest Management or IPM is a best choice for adequately regaining control of a
fly infestation. Managing a fly infestation is certainly not a one product remedy. Multiple
efforts need to be in place for the commercial property owner to really get a handle on the
fly control.

There are five steps that should be addressed using IPM fly management; Sanitation,
Cultural measures, Exclusion, Mechanical control, and Insecticide treatment.

Adequate sanitation is the most imperative step in filth fly control, without this, your fly
infestation will continue to return. Staying on top of organic matter in drains by using
drain fly control products, keeping tight lids on trash cans which are emptied regularly, and
keeping counter tops continuously cleaned are examples of sanitation measures that will

Cultural measures involve enlisting regular procedural measures that will be followed to
minimize fly infestation occurrence.

Mechanical Control efforts involve the use of devices to trap or exclude flies such as; Air
doors, fly lights, fly traps, and fly electrocuters.

Exclusion includes items such as; not leaving the doors wide open, and preventing entry by
maintaining window, seal, and screen integrity.

Insecticide Use

Flies are inactive at night and will rest in a very specific spot for that time, and are thus
very susceptible to a residual insecticide treatment. When applied in the areas where they
are rested, large fly populations can be controlled. There are also time released aerosol
insecticides that are commonly used on fly control and other flying insects. Machines
dispense aerosols are most effective when installed in enclosed rooms, such as a trash

Fly control baits and bait stations can work well if placed appropriately in a place that is
away from your food handling area, but not near to a better food source such as a trash
receptacle. Other fly control options include traps, glue boards, and fogging devices.

Monica Bird (949 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.

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