There are about 78,000 species of fly but the most significant in the home and food industry are the common housefly, blue and green bottles. Flies pose a serious problem for any building where food is made or served; they transfer bacteria and pathogens from their legs and body and leave traces of germs behind through constant defecating and regurgitating partly digested food onto the foods they are feeding off.
Houseflies breed quickly; especially in warm weather, where fly larvae can develop to the adult stage in less than two weeks. The average female can lay up to 600 eggs in her lifetime, so it is important that an infestation is dealt with quickly and cleanly, otherwise eggs and bodies can end up in food and contaminate where food is prepared of served leading to the spread of bacteria.
Flies can cost a lot more to a company than just the equipment it takes to remove and prevent them; it can cause problems with the health and safety issues of the business as well as its reputation. With high levels of food safety regulations in place, it is important to tackle the issue of pest control before it can take place in food service and preparation areas. There are many ways of combating the problem and preventing it from happening.
One of the simplest methods for preventing flies in specific areas is fly screens; these can come in a range of materials including PVC strips, Mesh, top hinge fly screens and sliding doors and windows. Through fitting and sustaining fly screens minimises insect ingress and ensures that necessary actions have been taken to adhere with hygiene laws for the protection of food, food packaging and food services.
Insecticide treatment is also an option for removing flies from food preparation areas; however Care must be taken in choosing the correct products for these sensitive spaces. Common sprays and bait are loaded with harmful chemicals that can cause contamination to food and utensils; therefore it is important to ensure that insecticides are never applied while food is being prepared, served, eaten or is otherwise open or exposed.
A more advanced technology for dealing with flying invaders is Electric Fly Killers (EFK's) these machines are designed to offer the highest levels of insect control, and can be used in a range of premises from food processing kitchens to fast food takeaways and shops. A combination of UV technology and glue boards is used to capture and kill insects quickly and efficiently with no chemicals being used in the process.
This form of pest control is pro-active in the fight against flies in food preparation areas; preventing re-infestation in the future. Once the flies are controlled it is important that they are held off effectively and that is where you need the leading flea control services.