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A fly infestation in your business is much more than a minor annoyance. Flies are a common cause of food contamination and food poisoning and are known to spread a number of diseases, including salmonella and E. coli. When flies infest your property and land on surfaces, they can spread all the bacteria and pathogens they have on their bodies.
Flies infestations can quickly spread throughout a business. Hiring an experienced fly control company is a business owner's best bet to eliminate the presence of flies and prevent infestations from recurring.
The presence of flies is widely considered unsightly and could harm the reputation of a company. Fly control is especially important for businesses that handle food, including restaurants, food processing facilities, hotels, grocery stores, hospitals, schools, etc.
Contact Rentokil online or call 1-800-837-5520 to speak with a pest expert about commercial fly control for your business.
Noticing a few noisy flies in your business may not mean you have an infestation. However, it should act as a warning sign to take some preventative action. Here are some common signs of a fly infestation:
Small dark clusters of spots (the size of a pinhead) – Look in light fittings, upper areas of the room and wall surfaces. Check areas that are difficult to clean thoroughly such as drainage channels, drains and sub-floor cavities where the contents of broken drains may be accumulating. Areas around sinks and below damaged floor tiling should also be monitored.
Regular sighting of flies – a large number of flies buzzing around refuse areas and the base of garbage bins or other waste containers may indicate a more serious problem. Check anywhere that water pools including in guttering, rainwater barrels, tires or old machinery. Waterlogged pot plants may also attract flies.
Maggots – these are flies in their larval stage and could indicate a potential breeding site on your property. You may discover maggots in waste areas and deteriorating food.
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Flies are a common pest in businesses across the U.S. — some species more so than others. Each type is attracted to different environments suited to their natural habits and lifecycle. Knowing the size, habits, seasonality and lifecycle of different fly species can help to identify the most effective prevention and fly control methods.
Bluebottle fly (Calliphora vomitoria): Also known as the “Blow fly,” this species can often be seen hovering around garbage cans. They are attracted to pet feces and dead animals and as such, are known carriers of disease. These scavenging flies breed mainly in meat derived substances, and sometimes cheese. Bluebottle flies get their name from their metallic blue color, similar to colored bottles.
Cluster fly (Pollenia rudis): Cluster flies are commonly found in quiet, undisturbed parts of your property, such as attics and wall voids. This is especially true during winter when they seek out warm places to hibernate. You may see a large group of cluster flies around a window, as they are attracted to the light. They usually have a dark grey-olive thorax covered in crinkled golden-brown hairs.
Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster): Fruit flies are commonly found infesting fruit or hovering around fermenting residues in restaurants, pubs, fruit orchards, vegetable plots and breweries. They can breed in rotten fruit, unclean drains and even cleaning utensils. In ideal temperature conditions, fruit flies can complete their development in as little as 1 week. They are yellow–brown or mottled in appearance with bright red eyes.
Housefly (Musca domestica): Houseflies are major carriers of disease and can infest all types of properties. They are attracted to any food, including human food, pet food, animal feed, food waste and even feces. They can be found resting on walls, floors or ceilings. At night they prefer to rest near food sources approximately 5-15 feet off the ground. Outdoors they can be seen on plants, fences, compost heaps, rubbish bins and even the ground. House flies breed in moist, decaying vegetable matter, uncovered garbage cans or pet food. They have a grey thorax with four narrow stripes and a buff or yellow abdomen.
Flesh fly (Sarcophagidae): Flesh fly larvae have been found to burrow from wounds into the healthy flesh of livestock. Some species can cause intestinal infections in those who consume food contaminated with flesh fly larvae. They can transmit organisms they pick up at their unsanitary feeding sites including dysentery, diarrhea and myiasis. Flesh flies look similar to houseflies but are generally larger in size. They have a light grey, abdomen spotted with dark patches that give a checkerboard appearance.
Fruit flies can become problems in bars and restaurants, but Rentokil can resolve the issue. Learn more here.
Rentokil Specialists use treatments shown to be the most effective at getting rid of fly infestations. Get to know Rentokil’s customer-focused process to commercial fly control below:
Below are a few factors that can cause a fly infestation in your business:
Poor sanitation - Without practicing good sanitation, effective fly control can prove to be very difficult. Your Rentokil Specialist will advise you on how can avoid flies breeding indoors with straightforward sanitation best practices such as cleaning spills and washing out garbage cans. The more hygienic you keep your interior, the less likely a fly infestation will be.
Animal carcasses - A decaying animal carcass outside or inside a property is a common cause of fly infestations. A dead squirrel or mouse with a wall or storage space can result in a serious fly problem. Likewise, a dead animal carcass in close proximity to a building may be responsible for a serious fly problem.
Decaying vegetation - Fly problems are also known to be caused by vegetation that is decaying either on the property or in an adjacent property.
Bird droppings - Flies are attracted to bird droppings, so they can quickly become a problem if your building is experiencing an infestation of birds, like pigeons or seagulls. In this case, it is best to clean up bird droppings and contact Rentokil to find out more about bird deterrents and repellents.