How to Prevent Flies in your Commercial Kitchen

How to Prevent Flies in your Commercial Kitchen

Commercial kitchens are a complex space filled with people crammed in close quarters. The work of a kitchen is food. Food that is often stored improperly with spills happening frequently and often with a staff that is too busy cooking to clean right away. Cleaning in a commercial kitchen happens at the end of the day and while many restaurants don’t stop until it’s all clean some smaller restaurants are often forced to cut corners just to stay open. This is the reason why most restaurants have a monthly service with a pest control company. The amount of food and its methods of storage, tight areas that are hard to clean. This can lead to build-ups of rotting food. And with rotting food comes one of the worst kitchen pests.

Flies. Black flies, fruit flies drain flies, and what have you. These flies can land on food and deposit deadly bacteria that can make people sick. If you eat at a restaurant you should be aware there is a chance the kitchen has pests and those pests can deposit feces, saliva, and urine on your food. The owners do not want this either so they need to perform preventative measures and possibly call in a pest control company to deal with the current infestation while working to prevent the next one.

Pest treatments for flies are complex. Like cockroaches, flies cannot just be killed off with one type of poison. Their ability to fly makes surface poisons all but useless and while you can catch and kill them with sticky and electric traps the flies will not die fast enough to not bother your patrons and ruin the food. What needs to be done is not just laying out traps to catch the odd fly but resolving the causes which is likely a kitchen that could be cleaner. The kitchen must be cleaned from top to bottom and the walk-in fridge must be cleared out of all food and washed thoroughly. Once you find the cause, likely rotting food someone forgot to throw away, hidden behind something else, or possibly an open drain that is dirty and leaking, causing moisture to build up and creating a perfect atmosphere for drain flies.

Fruit flies are the most problematic and difficult to deal with. They do not just eat rotting food, they eat fresh food as well and will deposit their eggs in that food or drink. One of the fruit flies favorite things to eat are alcoholic beverages. Beer and rum are especially powerful in their drawing power and once the infestation has started it becomes nearly impossible to stop without professional assistance. So call Exterminator Peterborough and we can treat the issue and guide you through preventing it permanently.