Getting Rid of Flies in Restaurant

I run a chop bar restaurant and the house flies are so unbearable. You find them all over the place, in the dishes, on the tables, chairs, in fact, they are everywhere and this situation isn't good for business. I've tried the coil interventions (Raid), but to no avail. I need a more practical approach to totally drive all of the flies away, never to return again.

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March 2, 20160 found this helpful

Sticky fly ribbons, 4 for a dollar at Dollar Tree, are very effective. I would hope you can hang them somewhere out of sight. I wish you luck and I hope you don't get a surprise visit from State Board before you get this problem solved. Do something today, if you can.

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March 2, 20160 found this helpful

I strongly suggest that you seek help from a pest control company to deal with the fly problem. You run a commercial restaurant business and, altho the pest company will charge, you must avoid having obvious cheap methods like strips, etc., that customers can see.


You will certainly be very unhappy if the local authorities show up for a visit.

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March 3, 20160 found this helpful

Walk by the deli in any major grocery chain and you will see, in plain sight, means to eradicate flies affixed to walls and ceilings. Yes, they are called 'zappers' and they are electronic, and they are state board approved. They are still means to eradicate flies and they are visible to the public. Fly ribbons could be considered unsightly, hence the suggestion they be placed out of sight, but they are effective.

One advantage of fly ribbons is that the fly adheres to the strip til the strip is disposed of, whereas a fly zapped with an electronic unit will free fall to the floor or onto other surfaces, creating the potential for contamination.



No Hazardous Ingredients are present.
The components of Raid Fly Ribbon are in compliance with or exempt from national and state regulation

(Excerpt from MSDS Prepared by:
ChemTel Inc.)


I was a restaurant manager for quite some time. During that tenure, I never heard of any establishment resorting to pest control services for the treatment of fly infestation. Roaches, yes. Flies. no.

Most state boards require working fly fans at critical entrances and exits. There are other practices which must be in place, as well. If you comply with all state board rules and regulations, you will not have a heavy fly infestation. If you cannot comply with local and state regulations, you should not operate a dining facility.

Flies are everywhere. While they cannot be completely erradicated, they can be kept under control. No pest control service can do this for you. You must do this yourself through the daily practice of cleanliness, prevention and common sense techniques such as keeping food covered, tight fitting lids on refuse receptacles, etc.


Operating a dining facility is long hours and hard work. It is not for most people. Cleanliness must come before anything else, including profit. Give this business your best shot. If you can keep up with the pace. good. If not, I suggest you choose a less demanding vocation.

Again, I wish you luck.

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September 7, 20160 found this helpful

WOW. People really dont know how to run a restaurant or the health codes. Spraying fly spray during open hours is a health code violation and can possibly get someone sick. Fly paper is also a health code violation. So Family Dollar wont help. If its outside you dont have many choices besides fans to blow them away or screened enclosures to try to keep them out. But with any enclosure it is just like your house they come in when you come in. If its an enclosed restaurant with a commercial AC unit and a exhaust fan in the kitchen then make sure the AC unit is putting enough recovery air back in the building to make up for the air you are exhausting.


Dont let the stupid AC guy tell say you are sucking your AC out. Its better to have more air in building than not enough. With enough air to cool right comes less flies. Or they will huddle in an area to easily kill. Vector fly lights work pretty good. Eco-Lab commercial pest control can help with thing also. Main thing with enclosures is "positive air flow".

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