Keep Your Business House Fly Free
Flies can pose a giant threat to businesses, especially those in the food industries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that house flies are able to transmit at least 65 diseases. Some diseases houseflies can carry and transmit are conjunctivitis, dysentery, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever. It has been discovered that these diseases can be transmitted from a fly walking across a surface, like your dinner.
How Can You Catch a Disease from a House Flies?
House flies feed on rotting and decaying matter, and when they eat these bacteria-infested substances, the bacteria and viruses then enter the fly’s esophagus. Unlike other pests, flies can only feed on liquid substances because they don’t have the mouthparts to bite or chew. When it comes to solid food, flies regurgitate a liquid consisting of saliva and digestive juices which breaks down the food into a liquid, allowing them to eat. Due to this feeding habit, any microorganism living in their esophagus will be transmitted to the item they are consuming. This also transmits any bacteria living in a fly’s digestive system. House flies can also pick up particles containing bacteria and viruses on the tiny hairs on their legs and body. When a fly lands on your food, anything that is in the attached particles can easily be transmitted to where it lands. In addition to transmitting pathogens, flies also vomit and defecate on the item whether it is food or not.
Most people contract fly transmitted diseases by consuming food that has been contaminated. It can also be caught by using contaminated cooking utensils and cutlery.
How to Prevent House Fly Transmitted Diseases
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. Flies easily follow air currents and usually have several breeding places in any structure.
- Clean up food messes
- Store food in airtight containers
- Disinfect cooking utensils and prep areas
- Clean and disinfect drains and pipes regularly to avoid build up
- Keep garbage areas as clean as possible
JP McHale can work with you in order to prevent flies from affecting your business. Make sure you are up-to-date on JP McHale Bio-Foam and Drain Cleaning services! Flies can carry billions of harmful microorganisms, so be sure to consult us about a fly prevention program today!