Businesses exist because they provide solutions to problems. People will purchase from a company if its product or service addresses the issue or concern. However, it is not enough in today's world to offer a solution. To stay competitive, a company must continue to improve its offering and demonstrate to the public why it is superior to its competitors.
American Pest Control is a business, and our woman-owned, local company knows the necessity of offering superior pest control solutions. Therefore, we invest heavily in vetting, training, and certification of our technicians. Being recognized as a QualityPro-certified company by the Foundation for Professional Pest Management demonstrates that we meet or exceed 18 state and federal pest control industry standards. Another indication that our Hartwell pest control offers superior solutions is our longevity. We have provided fly control for homes and businesses for over 50 years.
You are probably reading this article because of a problem with flies at your business location, and you need to find a solution. As a local business, we understand the value of perception and the harm a fly infestation can cause your company. So, please keep reading our brief article to learn how to combat the fly problem plaguing your business.
Spotting Potential Fly Hotspots In Commercial Environments
A hotspot is a term that describes a location where there is a heavy fly infestation and where you will find the following attractants. You are also likely to see many flies in these areas:
- Uncovered garbage containers
- Exposed fruits and vegetables
- Standing water
- Dirty drains
- Bright lights
- Pet droppings
- Hot, humid work areas
The hotspots will depend upon your business.
If you are a restaurant owner, flies can be a problem in the kitchen due to the floor drains, open garbage containers used to dump used foods, exposed foods, and garbage compactors in the dishwashing area. You may also have flies migrating inside from an outdoor garbage dumpster.
If your Hartwell business is agriculturally oriented, you may have an abundance of flies due to animal feces, rodents, and standing water on the property. All business owners can experience an infestation due to bright lights outside the building with open doors or holes in window screens. When inside, the flies migrate to the kitchen, where some items on the list are present.
Why do flies invade these hotspots? One reason is flies prefer a temperature of 83℉. When the outdoor temperature is cool, flies are attracted to warmer air currents flowing from the building. Conversely, if the outdoor temperature is over 83℉, flies are drawn to the cooler air flowing from the air-conditioned structure.
Odor is another reason flies navigate to these hot spots. According to researchers, the sensory neurons for taste and smell are located next to each other and interact. Because of their proximity, when a fly detects an odor, it associates it with flavor, and if the taste is something it enjoys, it flies toward the source.
Flies like sweet smells because the sugar in the food provides them with a quick energy source; because their bodies respond quickly to carbohydrate intake, they prefer sweet foods to protein-rich food. Thus, when flies detect the odor of fruit, syrup, and liquor, they want to enjoy it.
Fermenting foods often produce lactic acid, a binge food for flies. You find fruit flies in drains and trash bins because they enjoy eating fermenting fruits and decaying foods. Animal feces and rotting meat are particular attractants for the common house fly. They feed on these items because they contain protein, fat, and other nutrients necessary for growth and development.
Flies are in humid work areas, such as large warehouses with no air conditioning, because they have sweaty people. Salt in body sweat attracts flies along with the smell of exhaled carbon dioxide.
When you contact American Pest Control to keep flies away, a trained and certified technician will inspect the premises to locate the hot spots. Once we identify fly-infested areas, we determine the attracts so we can create a fly removal strategy.
The Impact Of Flies On Commercial Spaces: Understanding The Problem
Flies are a nuisance that distracts customers and employees and takes their focus off the product or task. Convincing a potential customer to purchase an item with flies swarming around is difficult.
A fly infestation harms the reputation of the business. As a business owner, you understand the power of prestige, and the presence of flies can hurt your company's standing in the community because it gives an impression of uncleanness. Everyone has seen flies swarming around trash cans, dumpsters, animal dung, and other unsanitary areas and items; therefore, the presence of flies gives the impression that the facility is dirty.
All flies can transfer bacteria. When these six-legged insects land on decaying, rotting food and animal waste, the bristles on their feet attract the bacteria lying on the surface. Carrying the bacteria on their feet, the flies move into a business and land on surfaces and products where they rub their feet together, scraping off the bacteria where it sticks on items and pollutes them.
All flies contaminate food via eating. When a fly lands on rotting, decaying meats, fruits, or animal feces, it spews digestive enzymes and saliva over the area. As the juice dissolves the material, the fly sucks up the solution. The bacteria on the surface, which is now in the dissolved material ingested by the fly, is taken into its body. Later, when that fly lands on food in the breakroom, on the serving line, or in a crate before packaging, it covers it with now-infected saliva contaminating the food. When a fly eats, it also excretes waste, which may contain bacteria ingested from feasting on unsanitary surfaces. This waste pollutes cooking surfaces, countertops, packaging, and products.
House flies commonly invade businesses and are responsible for spreading over 100 different pathogens. Salmonellosis, typhoid, and tuberculosis are a sampling of diseases transmitted by house fies. Stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting and examples of symptoms these illnesses can cause your customers and employees.
If you want to take steps to get rid of flies from your business because they are carriers of pathogens, harm your reputation, are a nuisance, and contaminate surfaces, you need help from American Pest Control. By utilizing our 50 years of pest control experience, we can control the fly population inside your location.
Innovative Techniques For Fly Prevention In Commercial Settings
Surviving in the business world takes dedication, long hours, and sacrifice; you don't need 1/8 to ¼ of an inch flying insects to harm what you've worked to achieve. Once American Pest Control removes the swarm of flies in hotspots at your business location, the battle is not over because flies are everywhere.
Although no one can eliminate all the flies in your area, you can implement the following fly prevention tips to deter flies from creating hot spots at your location:
- Locate outdoor dumpsters at least 50 feet from the building
- Keep indoor and outdoor garbage containers closed
- Clean drains and garbage compactors daily
- Cover foods on serving lines when not using
- Store foods in break rooms in containers
- Wipe down cooking and eating areas
- Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible
- Seal cracks around window and door frames
- Repair window and door screens
- Replace lights with LED lighting
- Strategically place fly traps
- Sanitize garbage cans
Removing or minimizing attractants to your business, along with treatments from American Pest Control, will ensure flies stay away from your location.
The Benefits Of Professional Fly Control Services For Businesses
As a business owner, your time, energy, and attention must be on the successful operation of your company and not battling a fly infestation. The best way to get rid of flies is to use a company with over five decades of commercial pest control experience, American Pest Control.
We implement a universal technician model because our family-owned company understands the power of relationships. A highly trained, certified, and background-checked technician will answer when you contact us for help. The technician who listens to your concern and answers your questions is the same technician that will visit your business to inspect the location.
When your technician arrives, they will investigate the area for fly attractants, entry points, and hot spots. They will also work to determine the fly species infesting your company based on the signs they see and your description of the problem. We will create a strategic plan that targets the fly species using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods. This approach utilizes treatment products effectively and identifies ways to prevent future infestation. For businesses with environmental and other concerns, we offer green solutions.
A good business owner works to ensure the company offers a high-quality product or service, and American Pest Control is no different. There are thousands of pest control companies in the United States, but only a tiny percentage has undertaken the rigors of being QualityPro-certified. By working with a QualityPro-certified pest control business like American Pest Control, you can rest assured you are using the best. Contact us today to learn about our commercial pest control programs, and let us give you peace of mind.
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