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Fly Problems in Your Restaurant? This May be the Culprit

Flies in your restaurant are more than just a nuisance, they can be a fast way to lose customers and even get shut down. Check the local newspaper headlines — pest problems, including fly infestations, are one of the most common reasons why eateries fail health inspections. In addition to being a problem for restaurants, flies can also set up residence in healthcare facilities, schools, gyms, and other businesses.

Flies and other pests can carry and spread bacteria and diseases throughout your business, potentially making your employees and customers sick. You can win the battle against flies and other pests, but first, you need to find out where they’re coming from.

Are Drain Flies Living in Your Kitchen?

You clean counters, put away unused food, and regularly empty garbage cans, but you’re still seeing flies in your restaurant’s kitchen. Where are they coming from? Your restaurant fly problem could be coming from sinks or floor drains in the kitchen, restrooms, bar area, or any other place in your business that may have standing water. Septic systems are also popular habitats for flies to live and breed.

Flies love kitchen drains because they’re full of grease and decaying food, which the flies love to eat. A female can lay between 30 and 100 eggs at once, and it takes just two days for eggs to hatch. Drain flies prefer to lay their eggs in drains, so the offspring have plenty of food and water to consume when they hatch — and the disgusting cycle continues!

The flies may be living in your drains, but they’re also moving around your business. They can end up in restaurant equipment, coolers, food prep areas, and other places where you (and your customers) don’t want to see them.

DIY Treatments

Slow-moving or clogged drains are usually the sources of restaurant fly problems. You may have tried pouring a bottle of drain cleaner down the drain, without much success in removing the flies. That’s because the cleaner can’t remove all of the decomposing material in your drainpipes and traps.

You can try using a metal pipe brush to clean the drain, but you’ll need to repeat the process on a weekly basis to keep your drains clear. Fly tapes, fly swatters, and even homemade baking soda remedies are also no match for flies looking to feast in restaurants. If you’ve tried any of these treatments with limited or no success, it’s time to call in an expert.

Solving Your Fly Problem

Proper treatment and sanitation are important steps in eliminating a restaurant’s fly problem and keeping it from returning. If you’re having trouble finding the source of fly infestation or completely eliminating it, contact Enviro-Master Services to find out about our fly control service. Technicians can identify all the potential sources of your fly problem and treat each one to protect your business.

Our weekly Foaming Drain Line Service uses an enzyme bio-active foam to clean drain lines and grease traps. This organic treatment eliminates food sources the flies have been feasting on and allows drains to flow freely. The service also puts a stop to unpleasant odors and can save you money on expensive plumbing repairs.

Click here to contact us to get more information about our Drain Treatment Services or any of our commercial cleaning services.

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