Monday May 4, 2015

Sanitation and Small Fly Management in Commercial Accounts

Fruit flies feed and breed in fermenting material, even verysmall amounts. Unfortunately, whenever food and moisture collects in a crack orcrevice and is undisturbed, fermentation can occur and the area becomes abreeding site. Drain flies lay their eggs in the organic gunk that tends tobuild up in drains, particularly drains that are actively used and kept moist.Food service and food processing environments are often under significantthreat, due to ample moisture and potential for organic build-up. Unfortunately,the washdown cleaning used in many food facilities can make matters worse,regularly pushing moisture and food particles into cracks and crevices.
Small flies are a public health pest. As noted, the fliesemerge from areas with organic build-up which also can support pathogenicbacteria, which can be transmitted to food when the flies land on food. Also,given the small size of the flies, the adult fly bodies can contaminate thefood if the flies get caught in or die in the food.
Sanitation is paramount, to remove the organic build up. Biosanitation products (cleaning products that contain microbes that digestorganic matter) are most effective way to clean in the moist, high organic loadenvironments encountered in food facilities. Also, fruit flies can be broughtin with certain foods, particularly many types of fresh produce (fruit, onionsetc).
To kill both adult flies and maggots, BorActin InsecticidePowder can be used to treat areas with organic build-up. The product may bedusted directly, mixed with water and sprayed or mopped, or mixed with waterand new OutLAST Pro Foaming Agent and foamed into drains and other areas. Testdata indicates that a mix rate of 4 oz of BorActin per gallon of water issufficient to kill adult flies that land on the organic matter and feed, aswell as maggots living in the organic matter.  Dusting the organic matterdirectly will provide the fastest kill of existing adult flies, however.BorActin can be applied concurrently with bio sanitation measures, by blending4 oz of BorActin with each diluted gallon of InVade Bio Foam. An IGR may alsobe blended with the foam mixture if allowed by the IGR label.