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What is a Yellow Fly?

1024px-Chrysops_callidusYellow flies are a type of fly that is common to Florida. The fly‘s official name is the Diachlorus ferrugatus (Fabricius), and it has a yellowish body that has given rise to its nickname. The fly is known for its fierce bites as well as of course its unusual yellow color.

Appearance

These flies are a small insect, measuring about 3/8 inch in length. They have one pair of black legs and two pairs of yellow legs. Their wings are clear with patches of yellow, black and brown. The eyes of this fly are often what people notice the most – the eyes are a bright green with purple bands. These flies lay white eggs that measure a tiny 1/16 inch long.

Behavior

The larvae of these flies eat decaying materials and molt many times before they become adults. The females lay their eggs on items such as plants and sticks that are over water. It takes up to 12 days for the eggs to hatch, and the new larvae drop down into the body of water in order to eat organic material in the water. From the time the egg is laid to the time that the adult emerges from the water is about one year.

Biting Pests

One reason that so many people dislike the yellow fly is that the females bite humans. They are aggressive and leave painful bites behind that can swell and itch. The most active time for biting is the late afternoon, and they bite more on cloudy days. However, they can bite at any time of day. They drink the blood of the humans they bite, and often several yellow flies will attack at once.

Use Caution

Anytime a human is near a body of water, particularly one that is near a forest, they may be vulnerable to yellow fly attacks. Because the fly doesn’t make a buzzing sound, it can be difficult to know that a yellow fly is attacking until the painful bite occurs. And, it isn’t just humans that are vulnerable to the bites. Pets such as dogs are also bitten by these flies, but these flies generally don’t bite cattle often. In Florida, yellow flies are in the air from March through November.

Professional Assistance

To learn more about the yellow fly or for assistance with any type of pest, contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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Tips to Keeping Flies Out and Patrons In at Your Restaurant

fliesFlies in your restaurant can be harmful to both the food and your reputation. Infestations of fruit flies, moths and other “small flies” are very common during warmer months. Should these insects make their way into your restaurant, they can pose a serious threat to the food coming out of your kitchen because each fly can potentially carry billions of dangerous microorganisms which can cause illnesses like salmonella, shingles and E. coli which may also lead to food poisoning or respiratory infections.

The good news is that there are several things you can do to prevent and manage flies. Here are some tips to keeping flies out and patrons in at your restaurant:

Reduce clutter

In many cases, flies are drawn to your restaurant by strong food odors. You can minimize these odors by:

  • Regularly rotating produce stock
  • Ensure that garbage cans are emptied frequently
  • Line recycle bins to reduce spillage
  • Address kitchen and dining room spills quickly.
  • Use anti-bacterial cleaners to ensure that drains are free of organic material that may attract fruit flies.

Blow flies away

An air door is a special device that can be used to keep flying insects out of your restaurant. It works by creating forceful turbulence that prevents flies from entering your eatery. Installing an air door at each point of entry in your restaurant will help keep these tiny pests out. Alternatively, installing an extra set of doors can create an added barrier to keep flies out and patrons in.

Call a professional

A trained technician can identify potential factors that may be attracting the flies and help guard your restaurant against them. Once they have been exterminated, a technician can help your eatery develop a strong prevention plan to keep them from coming back in the future.

Having flies around your restaurant is bad for business. Not only is it a nuisance to your customers, but it is also unsanitary and harmful to your kitchen. When your business needs help handling flies, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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Controlling Flies at Your Factory When the Windows Are Open

800px-Fly_-_MuscidaeRegardless of a factory’s business, from clothing manufacturing to food distribution, employees and products need to be free from bothersome insects. Disease and distraction are two negative aspects of flies infiltrating a factory. If they tend to fly through open factory windows, and installing screens is not an option, there are other ways to stop flies from inviting themselves indoors.

Light Traps

Current theories hold that flies use lights, such as the sun or moon, as navigational aids. You have surely seen flies, mosquitoes and other insects hovering around an outside light on a summer night. Using this theory against flies, add a light trap to your factory’s ceiling or wall. Because it’s often brighter than other lights, flies race to it. The trap has a sticky film, effectively holding the fly indefinitely.

Exhaust Systems

Blowers placed above a window release a lot of air to deter flies. Supermarkets use this machine for doorways, for instance. If you have a limited amount of open windows, the exhaust system keeps all insects out of the factory. It may even add a cooling effect for employees as they move about their work stations. For factories that have food inventory, this system may be worth the investment.

Sticky Traps

Try hanging sticky traps in open windows that are well above the factory floor. These traps attract flies, sticking them permanently to the surface. You will have to replace the trap periodically to keep fly control consistent. There are even spooling fly traps that have a convenient roll of sticky tape. The tape can blend in with the windowsill to make it less obvious to employees or visiting vendors.

Removing Temptation

Keeping your factory clean is one of the best ways to deter flies even with open windows. Keep trash covered and taken out consistently. Any snacks, especially fruit, should be covered or put away. Lunch rooms need to be wiped down right after meals to prevent flies from feasting on crumbs and spills. Flies are attracted to different items, based on their species. While some look for trash items, others prefer fresh fruits. By deterring the flies with no food source, they’ll look for other areas to visit.

Allow Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control to survey your factory today. Contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344 to start your pest control strategy. Your employees will feel better about their work environment while preventing any flies from invading outgoing products.

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