Restaurant fly control

Release time:2023-10-12 Number of views: 118

There's no way. Flies are disgusting. Nobody wants them, and they're hard to get rid of. For restaurants, the impact of the fly infestation is even more severe. Flies carry diseases that can be transmitted to us humans when they land on food or food preparation areas. They can ruin the reputation of your business and lead to violations of health regulations. So what's the best course of action to get rid of these flying pests? We've listed the best tips for getting rid of restaurant flies.

1. Keep flies away


The first and simplest method of fly control is simple. Don't let them in! Food safety experts will tell you that denying flies entry is the most important step in a pest control plan. Consider all the ways flies can enter your building and deter them.


Air curtain - When your outer door or drive-thru window is often open, it can be difficult to keep flies out. Air curtains are installations that blow out strong air, almost like curtains, to deter flying insects.

Door sweep - The small opening below the door provides plenty of room for pests to climb in. Seal off the space by installing door sweeps on all exterior doors.


Window and Vent screens - Did you know that flies can enter building vents and fly directly into your kitchen? Check the exterior of the building and add screens to all vents leading to the outside.


Close the door - this may be obvious, but don't leave the doors and Windows open. Sometimes, your kitchen staff may want to open the door to bring in some cool air. If this is the case, fix the temperature control in your kitchen to keep your cook hydrated and comfortable.


Food Supplier - Always purchase food from an approved supplier that provides health check records. As an extra precaution, check all food delivery and delivery trucks. If you see flies in the truck, it's a bad sign.

2. Be Aware of Fly Hotspots

You should already follow the hygiene guidelines required for food service operations, but sometimes a little extra attention can go a long way. Know the hot spots that attract files and train your staff to identify these problem areas.


The bar area - The bar area is full of temptation. Spills on the bar create a sticky, sweet residue that attracts flies. Irregularly cleaned beer taps and uncapped bottles are also bait. Train your bar staff to clean up spills immediately and not neglect the area under bar caddies and runners. Clean the faucet and flush the bucket line regularly. Protect wine bottles and mixers with shielded dumpers and LIDS.


Restaurant tables - The back office gets a lot of attention when it comes to cleaning protocols, but we know chaotic situations can happen in restaurants, too. Diners inevitably leave spills and crumbs behind after eating. Train your cleaning staff to deal with these issues as soon as guests leave, and thoroughly clean each table and booth before the next guest is seated. Servers should also remove dirty dishes and cutlery throughout service.


Bus Bins - A cart full of messy bus bins is a fly's paradise. Never leave bus bins unattended in the dining room,  or even worse, on the outdoor patio. Clean and rinse them periodically throughout the shift.

Trash cans and dumpster - food waste are a powerful temptation for flies, which can smell it from a great distance. Cover all trash cans and empty them regularly throughout your shift. Keep the bin area clean and covered.


Gutters and sinks - Certain types of flies thrive in the humid environment of sinks and floor drains, especially if they contain a lot of oil. You can solve this problem by installing a grease trap and cleaning it regularly. Also, do not leave standing water in mops and communal sinks, as this can be a breeding ground for flying insects.

3. Proper food storage

Flies are attracted to food in the kitchen, especially overripe fruit and raw meat. The best way to deter these flying pests is to protect food by storing it properly.


FIFO - FIFO stands for first in, first out. This acronym is intended to help you organize storage areas securely. Use the old food first, then push the new food to the back. This ensures that all items are used before the deadline and avoids any damage that attracts flies.


Produce storage - Some fruits and vegetables produce more ethylene when they ripen. This naturally occurring gas is undetectable to humans, but to hungry flies, it's a welcome sign. Learn how to store different types of produce and check all fruits and vegetables daily for signs of overripeness.


Dry ingredients - Do not leave dry ingredients such as sugar and flour exposed. Commercial ingredients boxes are fitted with tight LIDS to keep flies out.

Defrost meat - The best way to defrost frozen meat or fish is to remove it from the refrigerator and thaw it overnight in a cooler. Sometimes this step is forgotten, or the meat needs to be defrosted unexpectedly. In this case, never defrost meat products on counters or prepared surfaces. If you leave raw meat out at room temperature for too long, you're asking for trouble.

4. Food safety fly control

If you've followed all our tips and the flies still manage to get inside, it's time to explore some food-safe fly control methods.


Pest Control Professional - A licensed pest control operator will inspect your building and determine the type of flies you are dealing with. This helps them customize the pest control solution that is most effective for your business.


Viscose traps - Viscose traps can be a successful fly control method in your service area or kitchen. Some work by emitting ultraviolet light, which attracts flies and traps them on sticky surfaces. Others are coated with an adhesive solution that tastes sweet to flies and attracts them. Choose a freestanding glue catcher to control outdoor pests, or a subtle wall-mounted catcher to blend in with the indoor dining area.


Bug zappers - Bug zappers use internal light to attract insects and then kill them with an electric shock as they fly into the machine. Flies and other pests are then placed in trays that are easy to clean, making the zapper a hygienic pest control method. Bug zappers can be noisy, so it's best to keep them away from your front room and install them in the kitchen or even outside the building.

Chemical sprays - Use chemical sprays with caution and follow all safety precautions. Many fly-killing sprays are not food safe, so keep them near the trash or in areas away from food preparation.


With planning and prevention, you can prevent flies from becoming a problem. Follow a regular cleaning schedule and don't neglect fly hot spots such as bus bins, trash cans and gutters. If you need to get rid of flies in your restaurant, consult a professional and use a food-safe fly control product.

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