How To Get Rid of Flies
What can go from 1 to 64,000,000 in 40 days? If you guessed an unmanaged small fly population than you would be correct.
Last summer, we started services for a large luxury hotel in NYC that had an ongoing issue with flies in numerous kitchen and bar areas.
A focused program was the key to success. Key elements included:
Eliminating the Source:
Locating and eliminating the food and breeding source is the key to a long-term solution. Flies look for damp areas that contain organic matter. In commercial structures, tiny amounts of organic debris are often found where the legs or feet of appliances, tables or cabinets touch the floor. These tiny spaces can harbor thousands of fly larvae. All small cracks and crevices at floor level need to be inspected and thoroughly cleaned. Cracks should be sealed and repaired. We never stop the inspection at a single source. Flies easily follow air currents and usually have several breeding places in any structure. Do not assume that all your breeding sources are indoors; flies will wander in from nearby dumpsters, outdoor garbage cans or even damp compost piles where fruits and vegetables are disposed.
- Biofoaming, in conjunction with proper cleaning practices, is the single most effective way to eliminate scum, odors, and organic build-up. The process uses a premium blend of microbes that will eliminate organic build-up and odors quickly and over time.
- Drain Cleaning is critical to include in your fly prevention plan. All active drains near garbage areas, F&B areas, and other fly breeding areas need an approach to managing flying insects. Ensure drains are properly cleaned on a rotating schedule and treated with a biofoam solution.
At the same time we eliminate the source of new flies it is important for us to treat the adult population. We used a combination of safe spray treatments, biofoaming, insect light traps that eliminate the current flies and monitor activity.
Strategic Insect Lights Traps:
In addition to proper sanitation and sound pest control practices is an insect light trap program. Insect Light Traps work 24/7 365 days a year and are a non-chemical approach to managing flying insects. ILT’s should be placed near open doors, near any exit/open doors, near any excessive moisture, and any other potential area where flies are prevalent.
Staff Training & Sanitation Methods:
We offer free staff training to all our customers. We recommend that you mop floors (instead of hosing or power washing floors) to eliminate moisture (the dryer the better), avoid bleach and use a soap detergent with an enzyme and odor neutralizer to break down organic matter. Use Floor Fans after mopping to help dry floors and prevent large masses of water.