Flies 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:
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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