Fly control is important for any business, but it’s especially important in warehouses. Flies tend to be dirty, and they spread their mess wherever they go. They eat and lay eggs in food and other important stored products, ruining your inventory. Worst of all, many flies carry and spread diseases to humans. Flies are a profound problem for any warehouse storing things like grain, food, or beverages.

You don’t want to let flies into your warehouse for any length of time. You really don’t want to let them reproduce in your warehouse. And you really, really don’t want an auditor to find flies in your business. That’s why we put together this guide. We’ll walk you through steps you can take to make sure flies leave your property alone. In case it’s already too late for that, we’ll also cover what to do once they’re inside. Here’s what you need to know to keep flies out of your warehouse, once and for all:

What attracts flies to my warehouse?

In order to keep flies away, you’ll have to understand why they came around in the first place. There are thousands of fly species in the world. Your warehouse could attract fruit flies, stable flies, house flies, blow flies, and countless other species and types. All of these flies are highly different in many ways, but they’re all attracted to the same thing: filth.

Warehouses are typically large, often musty spaces. In all that dark, dreary space, there’s a lot of opportunity for filth to accumulate. Mold may grow, clutter may build up, humidity may linger. Those oft-forgotten, dirty corners are what flies come to warehouses looking for. Once inside, they’ll use these musty areas as staging grounds to attack the rest of your warehouse. It all starts with a little, dirty corner.

How can I prevent flies from infesting?

There are a few easy things that you can do to make your property less appealing to infesting flies:

  • Commit to regular fly drain treatments. Warehouses frequently have large drain systems that will clog up with pest-attracting gunk if you don’t clean them properly.
  • Stay on top of garbage management. Take out the garbage every day and clean out the dumpsters to remove debris weekly. Make sure your trash isn’t leaving a residue behind in either your bins or your dumpster.
  • Get in the habit of regularly walking around the perimeter of your facility. Check for any cracks, holes, or openings that pests could get in through and seal them up.
  • If your warehouse has a break room for workers, set strict guidelines about food. Never leave food out on countertops or tables. Always store food in airtight counters when you’re not using it. Clean up messes after every meal. Wipe up crumbs and spills right away.

What should I do if I find flies inside my property?

Call the pros right away. Commercial fly control is integral for both removing existing fly infestations and preventing future infestations. It’s important to remove flies as quickly as possible to prevent them from spreading further. The longer they’re established, the more damage they can inflict. Any length of time is too long for your business. We recommend getting in touch with a commercial pest control company that specializes in integrated pest management.

Integrated pest management minimizes pesticide use in favor of more effective, eco-friendly methods like insect light traps. Insect light traps, or ILTs, emit light on an ultraviolet wavelength that attracts insects like flies. These devices draw flies in and then trap them for easy removal. If you’re worried about fly infestations, get in touch with a commercial pest control company before problems occur. Then if you find yourself facing a fly fiasco, you don’t have to waste time looking for the right service.

Whether you have a fly infestation or you want to prevent one early, get in touch with Assured today. We have the skill, experience, and resources we need to keep your warehouse safe and fly-free for good.