Posted on 7/10/2013 7:47 AM by Ron Harrison

 

Flying pests come in many shapes and sizes, but all can cause trouble for your property and tenants. As the weather continues to heat up, flies become very active. They can congregate around trash bins, cluster around windows, and take up permanent residence in your kitchens. Without proper treatment, these pesky adversaries can keep coming back time and again to wreak havoc on your building.

Thankfully, whatever pests may be flying outside – or inside – your property, there is an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to deter them. Instead of reacting with chemical treatments right away, IPM focuses on proactively managing pests through sanitation and facility management. Chemicals are only used as a last resort, and then only in highly targeted treatments.

These tips will help you prevent and manage potential fly issues in a sustainable manner.

Fly Control
Flies really spring up during this time of year, which could spell trouble for your tenants. They can carry more than 100 different pathogens on their bodies, which makes them capable of transmitting bacteria like E. coli and salmonella when they land.

And they reproduce fast. In fact, a female house fly can lay up to 150 eggs at a time, and those eggs can hatch within 20 hours. With this in mind, prevention is essential to deter an infestation at your property.

Unfortunately, fly control is not always a consideration in a facility’s existing pest management program. As a result, when fly problems set in, they can be challenging and expensive to treat. Some of the smallest pest flies can cause the biggest problems for property managers. Fruit, phorid, moth and other common “small fly” infestations can irritate your tenants, damage your reputation, and cause health problems.  

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help keep flies from infesting your property:

  • Consider installing double automatic doors with fans mounted on each side to keep flying pests from getting through your building’s main entrances. Automatic doors close off entrances when not in use, and double doors add an extra barrier that flies must cross. You can also work with an HVAC professional to make sure the air is blowing out, not into, your entrances to fortify them even more.
  • Flies are often a sign of a larger sanitation issue. As a result, it’s critical to maintain a regular sanitation program at your facility. Cover all trash cans and recycling bins with tightly sealed lids to limit any odors that can attract flies. You can also consider installing an odor control system. Always use liners and empty trash cans frequently, especially if they contain food waste. Before you dispose of trash in a dumpster, seal it in tied plastic bags.
  • Since certain species of flies thrive on decaying organic matter, have your cleaning and maintenance staff use an organic cleaner to eliminate residues and food debris around sink and floor drains throughout your property. Organic cleaners break down the grease and grime that small flies feed on, which can help reduce conditions conducive to flying pests. You can also implement a small fly foam service, which can further help break down organic material on surfaces through the use of microbes and enzymes.

Stay on guard against these flying pests with the right IPM plan and a strong partnership with your pest management professional. Together, you can help make your property a No-Fly Zone.

Ron Harrison, entomologist, Ph.D., is director of technical services for Orkin. Contact Dr. Harrison at rharriso@orkin.com or visit www.orkincommercial.com for more information.