Rentokil provides Expert Advice on How to Keep Flies away during the Warmer Months

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With summer in full swing in South Africa, flies are increasingly becoming more of a pest. Due to flies posing health risks and being a major source of annoyance, Rentokil, the experts in pest control, offer some tips to keep flies at bay.

Fly control is essential to get rid of flies
A fly infestation can lead to an unhygienic and unhealthy environment for customers and employees, and may cause damage to a business' reputation. For food manufacturing business especially, fly control is a critical element of HACCP.

Flies are commonly associated with human food preparation and storage areas and are a source of annoyance in most kitchens, restaurants and food production facilities. They are attracted to alcohol and food waste and can rapidly increase if they have access to these food sources.

Flies also feed on faeces, manure and rotting organic produce and thus contaminate food meant for human consumption by transferring bacteria from these sources on their legs and the hairs that cover their bodies. Flies liquefy their food with their saliva and then use the tongue - which is shaped like a straw - to suck up dissolved food, in the process transmitting bacteria and pathogens.

Flies can transmit diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax and paralytic worms. It is therefore wise to get rid of them as soon as possible as not only do they ruin food but they also pose a serious risk to one’s health and the reputation of one’s business.

Getting rid of flies entirely can be difficult however, especially during the warmer months when the breeding cycle speeds up due to higher temperatures.

Rentokil offers some fly control tips to prevent flies from becoming a serious problem this summer:

  • Limit their ability to breed and feed by removing all potential food sources as well as sources of stagnant water where they may breed.
  • Place fans near the most vulnerable areas of your property, such as the kitchen, and keep them blowing. Flies cannot land in a cross wind.
  • Empty rubbish bins at least twice a week and keep them as far away from doors as possible. Make sure all rubbish bins have tight fitting lids.
  • Seal entry points around windows and doors using sealant or caulking to plug any holes.
  • Rely on Mother Nature and grow herbs in containers. These seven herbs work magic to repel flies: Basil (and Lemon Basil), Rosemary, Lavender, Bay Leaf, Mint, Tansy and Sweet Woodruff.
  • For more effective fly control, you can purchase an electric fly killer. Rentokil offers the Luminos fly killers range that effectively eliminates flies and flying insects, especially in high risk areas.

Problems with flies or a fly infestation at commercial properties can lead to an unhygienic and unhealthy environment for customers and employees. The mere sight of flies may cause damage to the reputation of an establishment. For food manufacturing businesses especially, fly control is a critical element of HACCP compliance.

Types of treatment include spraying, fly bait stations, ultra-low volume fogging and fly control units specifically designed to meet the individual requirements of each business. Regular inspections by qualified pest controllers also prevent the re-occurrence of fly infestations.

For more information on flies, visit Rentokil’s website or contact 0800 77 77 88 for advice and information on pest control services for both residential and commercial properties.

About Rentokil-Initial South Africa: The Rentokil Initial group specialises in pest control, hygiene services and interior landscaping for businesses across the globe. Using leading-edge, environmentally-friendly technology, their experts deliver a wide range of tailored services to businesses of all kinds. Rentokil Initial South Africa has operations in all major business centres across the country.

Enquiries can be directed to:
Nathalie Leblond:
Marketing Communications Manager
T: +27 (0)21 670 4704

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