How To Prevent Flies
FLIES are attracted by odors, heat, trash, decaying food and organic matter, scum, and debris. Flies, like all insects are driven by three things: food, shelter and procreation. Flies are in your facility for one of these three things, they are not flying around haphazardly going about and trying to get into this or that facility.
In addition to food odors and trash, flies instantly attracted to light, for both heat and warmth. The presence of pheromones, from other flies or a misplaced artificial attractant will also draw them to your facility.
Areas with food waste or other organic material can be very attractive to filth flies. Blow flies are strongly attracted to odors of raw or cooked meat, poultry, or fish. Dumpsters typically provide an ideal food source and breeding site for flies. One of the easiest things you can do is to scrub out your dumpsters at least once a week. This will remove the organic material stuck to the sides of the dumpster. All facilities, not just food facilities, create some sort of waste, and it is this waste the will attract flies to your facility.
Once attracted to a facility, flies will then seek to enter through open doors, unscreened vents, and other gaps through which attractants are emitted. Besides open dock doors, the most common entry points in food-processing facilities are the roof vents that emit odors. It is important to inspect your facility for missing or damaged door sweeps, lack of air curtains and gaps around bay doors that allow flying insects to enter. It is important to properly train your employees and establish standard operation procedures, SOP's, when performing routine tasks. One of the most common and easiest ways flying insects can enter is when the employees leave the doors being open while bringing in stock, taking out garbage, and simply entering and exiting a facility. Another common error is having the dumpsters and trash cans so close to the facility that simply leaving a door open for a few seconds allows flying insects to enter.
It is far easier to prevent flying insects from entering than it is to control them once inside. Omega Pest Management has compiled 25 tips on how to prevent and control flying insects from your facility.
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