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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.

Fly 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 restaurantsfood processing facilitieshotelsgrocery storeshospitalsschools, etc.

Contact Rentokil online or call 1-855-633-6260 to speak with a pest expert about commercial fly control for your business.

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Rentokil offers highly effective fly control solutions.

Signs of a fly infestation

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.

Worried about a fly infestation? Find out more about our treatment programs by contacting your local Rentokil expert.

What causes fly infestations?

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 Technician will advise you on how to keep flies from 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 within 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.

Common fly species

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.


Fruit flies

Fruit flies can become problems in bars and restaurants, but Rentokil can resolve the issue. Learn more here.


Deter flies with Lumnia

Lumnia, Rentokil’s state-of-the-art range of UV Insect Light Traps, are able to monitor and control flies in restaurants, hotels, healthcare facilities and more. The high attraction output LED lamps are optimized to catch more flies while also reducing power consumption in your business. Both sleek and modern, our Lumnia range of devices is designed to blend into the natural environment of your business.

Rentokil’s commercial fly control

Rentokil Technicians 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:

  1. Inspection - A locally-based Technician familiar with the fly species in your area will conduct a proper and thorough inspection of your property.
  2. Identification - Your Technician will identify the fly species on your property and locate the breeding site where the flies are developing.
  3. Treatment Recommendation - Once the type of fly and breeding site is identified, your Technician will make a treatment recommendation that is designed for that specific fly species. In addition to the treatment, your Technician will also make recommendations on steps you can take to make your property less attractive to flies. Treatment options can range from changes in sanitation to insect light traps or drain-line services.
  4. Follow Up - After the initial treatment has been applied, your Technician will remain in contact and schedule a follow-up visit if warranted. You can always call 1-855-633-6260 and speak with a Rentokil pest representative if you have questions.

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