“If you followed a fly for a day, you would not want to eat for a week”!

“If you followed a fly for a day, you would not want to eat for a week”!

1st May 2010

When a fly lands on your food, as flies cannot chew they have to suck up their food, in order to soften it up they vomit on it, the digestive juices, enzymes, and saliva in the vomit begin to break down and dissolve the food. The fly can then suck up the liquid food with its sponge-like mouth parts and its proboscis. The fly’s feeding technique underlies, the main mode of food contamination with disease pathogens and spoilage organisms.

The fly is a highly mobile pest, able to fly from filth to food carrying with it a wide range of disease-causing organisms on its body. There are many thousands of species of flies; however, relatively few interact with humans. Those that do are among the most destructive of pest species, spreading diseases to man and domesticated animals as well as contaminating food and packaging.

It is every company’s responsibility to ensure adequate measures are being taken to avoid infestations by flying insects, especially where food is being prepared, packed or stored. At the same time home owners are becoming more aware of the risks and also want to offer the same high standards of care to their families.

Fly control is integrated; this means that no one specific method of control will control flying insects 100% of the time. As a result of this, flying insect control has to be integrated for example with fly screens on open windows or fly screen doors.

HACCP House Rules in relation to Flyscreens

  • Windows opening directly into food preparation areas must be fitted with screens capable of resisting common flying insects (ideally apertures should be of 2mm2 or less)
  • Screens must be removable to allow for cleaning
  • Kitchen doors which open to the outside air and which are opened for lengthy periods must also be suitably screened using a close-fitting insect-proof screen door

Vermatech supply and install bespoke flyscreens for commercial customers only such as schools, restaurants, public houses. Please contact us to arrange a survey of your premises either by using our online contact form or by telephoning us on 0800 781 4059.

When should you change the ultra violet bulb in your fly killer?

Ultraviolet light is invisible to humans and deteriorates over a short period of time, usually around 12 months. Blue light will still be emitted from the tube, but this will not attract the insects. Just because a tube lights up that does not mean that it is producing enough of the correct range of UV to attract flying insects. It is therefore important to change tubes at least every 12 months, preferably at the onset of warmer weather. We sell a wide range of ultra violet tubes please see our online Internet shop at www.hygieneshop.co.uk or phone us on 0800 781 4059 to ensure you are ready for the fly season.

Fly Control Units

We also sell a wide range of British made fly control units both electric grid and glueboard. Please see our Internet shop at www.hygieneshop.co.uk or phone us on 0800 781 4059.

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