We have a semi al-fresco pub located in Upstate NY and cannot control our fly problem from May to October. I know of one problem area, which getting my employees to do it like locating hen’s teeth. They fail, almost on a daily occurrence, to secure and soak dirty rags. This is a breeding ground for larva. Since I have given up on asking/pleading to get them to complete this menial task, I am seeking assistance with some type of FOOD SERVICE SAFE compound to keep the common housefly out of our establishment.
Customers have written that our place has all of the right things, open windows, great food, but thousands of flies! I know that companies like Walmart have an air disturbance at each entrance to disrupt the flies, but not sure if I can find these based on the dimensions of our windows.
No doubt flies can present a major challenge to any restaurant. Once they get established in the local areas adjacent to the establishment, you’ll find them coming inside from mid to late summer right into the fall. And though air doors/windows might help, I’d hold off making that kind of investment till you try a few of the listed less costly options our FLY CONTROL ARTICLE highlight.
For starters, I recommend setting up some FLY BAG TRAPS. These do a great job of “intercepting” flies as they approach your business. Place enough of them around the building and I’m sure you’ll be able to capture the vast bulk of them. This in turn will dramatically reduce the ones coming into the food prep and serving areas big time. I would say you can reduce the ones inside by 80-90 % if you keep these traps installed and maintained. The key here is maintaining them since they can fill up quickly.
The second control measure that would really help would be spraying the outside of the building with VEGETABLES PLUS PERMETHRIN. This odorless treatment would intercept flies keeping them from the inside areas as well. This treatment would be needed every two weeks throughout the busy “fly” season.
Lastly, installing some VECTOR FLY TRAPS inside the establishment will help remove those that do get inside. These lighted traps will not solve problems by themselves; the real key is getting the flies before they get inside. But if you minimize the breeding grounds (wet rags and other organic areas) as well as employ an “intercepting” battle plan by getting them before they enter, you can no doubt greatly reduce the flies your customers will be experiencing when they come to visit.
Fly Control Article: http://www.bugspray.net/directions/fly_control_treatments_prevention.pdf
Fly Bag Traps: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page78.html
Veg Plus Perm: http://www.bugspray.com/item/vegetables_plus_permethrin.html
Vector Fly Traps: http://www.bugspray.com/item/823154.html