Three Easy Steps to Manage Summer Flies

Three Easy Steps to Manage Summer Flies

Excuse me, there’s a fly in my review. Summer is upon us, and nature is hard at work to increase her armies, which means you could see some flies at work. The reality is you don’t want them, and neither do your customers, but in this world of online reviews you may wear them like a tattoo if you don’t control them. Negative reviews don’t wash away. But let’s forget about the casual reviewer for a minute; what about the guy with the clipboard? He can potentially knock off 28-violation points if he finds a fly concern. That could put you in a much more concerning spot. Of course you have a restaurant pest control plan, you’ve hired a commercial exterminator, but you need to know what to do between visits. There are three main areas on which to focus your efforts knocking down these would-be “tattoos,” starting with your inspection and cleaning process, but could include some self-treatment, and may also warrant the use of lights.

Check every day. To treat any challenge area you have to first create a schedule of inspection, which should be daily. So should be the treatment schedule if warranted. The areas of concern aren’t just your drains, but you should start with the drains, and you should include anywhere that moisture collects: puddles, refuse, and business-specific areas. Your inspection process should go beyond just visually checking, as they may be hatching out of sight, down the drain, and flying out when you aren’t looking. To catch them put some tape over the drain with some holes. If you find flies on the sticky part of the tape you have a hatchery down there. If you find flies, then they are likely elsewhere, so check in crawl spaces and anywhere else that isn’t trafficked regularly. You don’t want to knock them down in one area only to find them breeding elsewhere.

Stop using bleach. It’s not doing what you think and is probably causing more harm to the environment than anything. If you find you have an area that is hatching flies, start with making sure it’s clean from obvious debris, flush it well with hot water and then go deeper. Apply a bio enzyme application and follow up with another cleaning, making sure that the drain, and any covers or grates are also clean. Retest the drain the next day to make sure it worked. You can knock down adult flies with a household spray but that will not stop the source of the problem as well as sniffing out their breeding grounds. For fruit flies you will have to also check your food, especially fruit, where they might be multiplying. Once you remove or cover the food you should see them stop multiplying. The next question of course, is what do you do about the adults, the ones who have already hatched, and are flying about?

Put down the fly-swatter. A more elegant way of dealing with adult flies is by giving them something to fly into… a light at the end of the tunnel if you will. And no we aren’t talking about your parents backyard bug-zapper. A good insect light will not only silently draw the attention of your unwanted guests, it will trap them, cleanly removing them and making it easy for you to dispose of them. You can go with either the covered sort of light, for areas where you don’t want your customers to see dead flies, or the you can use the sort that makes it easy to see trapped flies at a glance. In either case don’t get caught chasing them with a swatter. The last thing you want to do is squish bugs anywhere in your business. That’ll earn you a review-tattoo as fast as anything.

Good news is your customers are on your side even if it doesn’t feel like it. They want you to be the best. They want you to be fly-free and they may even tell others about how clean you are if the rest of their experience is good. The guy with the clipboard though? We don’t know what designs he has on your inspection. Best to keep him at bay by running an effective inspection and cleaning process until the pros can reset the stage. No bad reviews. No bad tattoos. And no bad news. You’ve got this. That’s why you’re the one in charge.

RJS Pest Management specializes in providing superior pest management services to commercial facilities in the New York City metropolitan area. We are a family-owned and operated company that was founded with the mindset of providing a superior pest management service to our commercial customers by providing unparalleled attention to detail, pro-active communication, overall professionalism and customer support.

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How to Achieve an “A” Grade: Rodent Control and Fly Prevention in NYC Restaurants

How to Achieve an "A" Grade: Rodent Control and Fly Prevention in NYC Restaurants

Our blog series focusing on site-specific applications for Integrated Pest Management for businesses has covered a range of topics from bed bug control for hotels, to rodent control, and most recently pest management strategies for food processing facilities. As we continue we will keep in line with the food safety theme in this installment covering pest control and New York commercial fly control, and specifically how to achieve an A Grade from the NYC Department of Health using IPM principles.

“A” Is The ONLY Passing Grade In Restaurants

It’s been in the news lately, with high profile restaurants getting slammed with less than desirable Department of Health ratings in regards to cleanliness and food safety. No one wants to eat at a restaurant with a “B”, much less a “C” and there is no worse stigma for a restaurant than poor sanitation grade glaring in the front window. For any restaurant, high profile or not, the costs can be devastating in terms of reputation and public perception, and those losses may never be recouped. Obviously it is in the interest of every restaurant operator to maintain the highest standards when it comes to insect control, rodent control and fly prevention, as they are part of the main criteria for maintaining the “A” grade.

What Determines The Grade?

Every restaurant in New York City is subject to an unannounced inspection once a year. During these inspections restaurants are audited based on a scale of “critical” and “general” violations. A restaurant receiving more than 13 points on the scale will lose its “A” rating until it can prove it has made the proper corrections. Some of the most damaging critical violations are those involving the presence of pests because they denote an overall weakness in a restaurant’s ability to maintain basic sanitation, and are based on the visible numbers of pests, or evidence of pests. Among these critical violations are the evidence of rodents or live rodents present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas, live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas, and filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Non-critical violations in regards to pest management include the facility not being vermin proof or having harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist. Basically every instance of violation inspectors find will denote a point or more depending on the severity of the problem, for example the number of flies, rodent droppings, etc. The greater the number of flies for example, the more points lost. Needless to say, the presence of any pest in the restaurant can threaten the “A” grade.

Passing the Grade

According to NYC Health’s Guide for Food Service Operators, one of the main steps restaurants need to take in receiving an “A” includes contracting a licensed pest control professional. With this in mind, how does RJS work with its restaurant clients to maintain their “A”? RJS’s Integrated Pest Management strategies provide our clients with an edge since the multi-level approach we use covers everything from training restaurant staff, identifying and eliminating harborage and entry points, to ongoing monitoring programs. Along with this we recommend installing products like Xcluder door sweeps to insure roaches and rodents are unable to enter under doors for example. In NYC commercial fly control for restaurants is a major concern, especially in spring and summer when fly populations can increase to critical violation levels overnight. RJS takes preventative measure like installing BASF Vector fly lights in our client’s properties to ensure fly populations are kept at a minimum. Caulking and sealing entry points, cracks, and harborage areas is also key to insuring our client’s restaurants remain as pest free as possible. In addition to the physical prevention we use staff training to help workers identify and resolve problems such as uncovered garbage, or food, and to identify and monitor the presence of pests. Following RJS’s comprehensive restaurant pest control programs will give our clients the best chance at getting the “A” Grade because we understand the criteria and how to execute a plan that will insure that you are in compliance.

Looking forward to our next blog installment were we will cover how RJS views the future of pest control in a post entitled: “How Technology is Revolutionizing The Pest Control Industry”.

RJS Pest Management specializes in providing superior pest management services to commercial facilities in the New York City metropolitan area. We are a family-owned and operated company that was founded with the mindset of providing a superior pest management service to our commercial customers by providing unparalleled attention to detail, pro-active communication, overall professionalism and customer support.

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Best Fly Control Products For Businesses

Best Fly Control Products For Businesses

Flies are a nuisance, they can potentially jeopardize your business and pose serious health risks to humans and animals alike.

Ensuring that your business is clean is the first and most important step in fly control. In this blog post we will review the best sanitation methods and products that can help prevent infestations and will keep the flies away from your business.

1. Floor Fans/Air Movers

Standing water in your property provides flies with areas to breed and harbor, so you can greatly reduce these breeding points through the use of one or several of these devices.

2. Probiotic Cleaning Solutions

In addition to standing water, build up of food, grease and other organic material can result in fly activity. This is why the second type of product we recommend is a Probiotic Cleaning Solution. Rather then bleach, which merely washes over such build up, probiotic cleaners use special enzymes to neutralize odor and actually break it down.

3. Commercial Insect Light Traps

For 24/7 control of flies, the final type of product we recommend is a Commercial Insect Light Trap. There are two types of these traps. One that utilizes glue boards and can be used in commercial kitchens, and another, that electrocutes flies on contact. We recommend using a combination of both types of traps for the most effective fly control program possible.

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Ready to arm your staff with the education they need to prevent pest infestations? In addition to providing education on the latest pest control best practices, we offer tips on what you and your staff can to help keep pests at bay.