Hopper’s Advanced Integrated Pest Management Approach Is the Answer to Your Tough Fly Problems…
Since the beginning of time, flies have been a nuisance to man. The control of their populations is important from both a human and animal health perspective. They can ruin foodstuffs and transmit numerous illnesses and diseases, such as: food poisoning, dysentery, conjunctivitis, poliomyelitis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, anthrax, leprosy, cholera, diarrhea and dysentery. Some flies can even inflict painful bites while feeding on the blood of humans and animals.
Low impact, environmentally responsible materials, can be a valuable component of an integrated fly management program. Many of the products we use today are considered “Green” materials.
Call Hopper Environmental Services today and we will customize an environmentally responsible Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, specifically targeted to control fly populations. IPM for flies is a long-term strategy designed to keep pest levels below desirable thresholds through inspections, sanitation recommendations, biological, mechanical, and cultural controls, exclusion and the judicious use of materials if necessary.
Breeding site elimination is the key to successful small fly control.
Since many species of flies breed inside the account, and they have a very short life cycle; just killing adults will not keep the problem under control. Additional adults will emerge daily if the breeding sites are not eliminated. Drain flies typically breed in the scum called a “bio-film” which forms in drains and other areas where dirty water runs frequently over an undisturbed surface. Fruit flies can breed in drains, too, but drains are only the problem less than 25% of the time. Fruit flies can breed in any crack, crevice, or other area where food and moisture collect and are undisturbed – all the areas that should be cleaned, but aren’t.
Just as sanitation is the key to successful fly management, inspection is the key to sanitation. To eliminate fly breeding sites, one must first locate the attracting material. Often this can only be accomplished by conducting a thorough inspection of the premises, and by knowing what to look for and where to look. First, we identify the flies involved, inspect for material that attracts that species and then recommend sanitation procedures to eliminate the material.
Another important step in fly management is to exclude them from the premises. This is done by keeping doors, windows and vents closed as much is practical, and by screening and sealing around these and other fly entry points. Automatic door closing devices and air curtains that blow air away from doorways also can be installed to supplement an integrated fly management program.
Mechanical fly control includes trapping. Ultraviolet light traps are another example of this type of control. To be effective light traps must be properly placed.
Low impact, environmentally responsible materials, can be a valuable component of an integrated fly management program. Many of the products we use today are considered “Green” materials. Your pest management professional will discus the specific products recommended for use in your establishment.