Four-step fly management checklist



12 Aug

þ Keep it clean

Good sanitation practices in and around your facility are critical to keeping flies from gaining a foothold. When you consider a single garbage can that is not emptied can be a breeding ground for up to 30,000 flies, you’ll think twice about waiting to take out the trash.

The Sprague Pest Experts recommend using tight-fitting closures for garbage and recycling receptacles. Try to empty, clean, and dry these receptacles on regular basis. Additionally, keep food preparation, storage and serving areas clean of grease spills, crumbs and other food particles. 

þ Fly identification

Gain the upper hand by correctly identifying the fly species infesting your facility. Correct identification allows you to determine the cause of the infestation and select a control option. An incorrect identification can lead you on a wild goose chase, wasting valuable time and resources.

þ Eliminating the source of interest

What is attracting the flies to your facility in the first place? Is it a sanitation issue, or is there structural failure (i.e. torn screens, negative air flow, faulty air doors, etc.)? Remove the source of interest and you will likely remove the flies.

þ Getting rid of flies 

Once you have identified the type of fly you are dealing with and the source of the infestation, it is time to get rid of them. Exterior light traps and sticky boards will prevent flies from entering a structure. Further protect your facility from these unwanted visitors by checking air intake vents for proper screening and using air curtains above your doors.        

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