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Food Related

We need to understand why fly control is important and how you can save money from the right program.

Flying insects are a world-wide problem. They destroy and contaminate food. They spread disease and can even cause death. A single insect can be a problem.

Flying insect control is an essential requirement in areas such as grocery stores, food production plants and packaging factories.

Flying insect control is essential, especially in areas requiring highly sterile conditions, such as hospitals and computer rooms.

For example:
Nobody wants to buy food that is covered with flies, nor do they want to eat in a restaurant where flies are present.

The fly control market is also a major market for pest control companies, although this has often been unrecognized by the industry in the past.

Packaging firms can be a major market for fly control. In factories making or using wrapping film, flies and moths can get caught on the surface of the film. This makes the film unusable.

Overseas, a study found that contamination from flies was greater than that from rodents and crawling insects combined.

Why should we be any different in the U.S.?

Flies spread disease. It has been said that if you followed a fly for a week, you wouldn’t eat for a month.

Flies feed on rotting flesh and feces. They also breed in rotting vegetation. They are the greatest cause of the spread of food poisoning, salmonella and dysentery.

Tests have isolated many disease-causing organisms, including viruses, bacteria and protozoa, carried by flies.

The types of organisms that have been found to be carried by flies are:
Klebsiella - these bacteria are often the cause of many lower respiratory and urinary tract infections.
Campylobacter - these bacteria are the cause of many acute gastro-enteritis type complaints.
Shigella - a bacteria that causes dysentery
Streptococci - these bacteria are often found in skin and intestinal infections.

In addition, tests have shown that polio, smallpox and tuberculosis can be transmitted by flies.

Part of the problem is that many of the disease-causing organisms carried by flying insects only need very small numbers of particles to spread infection. It is obvious from what you’ve just heard, we need fly control.

Most flying insects have hairy bodies. A favorite breeding site for many insects is amongst rotting flesh or vegetation. As the flies emerge from their larval stage, they move through this “germ-ridden” soup. As adults, they feed on excreta, and rotting flesh. The germs with which they come into contact, stick to their bodies and hairs. As the insect moves from filth to food and food preparation areas, they leave a trail of germs behind on the surfaces they have visited. Flies in particular, have a disgusting way of eating. They cannot eat solid food. So to soften it up they vomit on it. Then they stomp the vomit in the food to form a liquid, adding a few germs for good measure. After this, they suck it all back up again, dropping some excrement at the same time. And then - when they’ve finished eating - its your turn.

Outside treatment Dumpsters are a major breeding sight.

Dumpsters and garbage containers should be on a hard surface, and as far away from building openings as possible. Fly larva crawl out of containers and pupate in dirt.

Lighting should be away from the building to illuminate the area. Lights on the building attract night flying insects to the building.

Hydrolic dumpsters located outside hospitals, grocery stores and motels generate flies. The compactor squeezes out liquid that sets in the bottom and becomes a great fly breeding area.

Modification According to IPM

This slide shows Mantis units in the deli area of a supermarket. A 1x2 on outside wall and a 2x2 over center of area. Note there is no equipment directly under the unit. There is no cutting surface under 1x2. Units should be placed adjacent to equipment and food surfaces.

Electronic fly machines should never be placed in a food processing area.

This slide shows a Mantis 1x2 and 2x2 in a baking area of a supermarket

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