Getting Rid of the Flies?

I'm working in a newly opened fast food restaurant inside a mall and it is near the mall entrance. We serve charcoal grilled foods and one of them comes with a shrimp paste. There are flies in the restaurant especially in the afternoon and it has worsened recently. We've tried fly swatters, an electric swatter, and even aerosol spray. It is also the problem of our adjacent shops. Please help us find a remedy for this. Thank you in advance.


By Theressa C.

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March 8, 20122 found this helpful
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Sounds like something is attracting the flies, and giving them a place to breed; yours and the other restaurants in the food court need to find out where the flies are breeding and eliminate the source right away!

More than likely the janitorial service the mall contracts is not cleaning out the public bins properly, and the flies are breeding in the dirty bins. Flies breed in the smallest cracks and crevices between the plastic liner and the bin wall if there is rotting food left behind. One of the restaurants may not be cleaning out their garbage bins properly, too, so it's worth a check of ALL potential breeding areas.


If the health department inspector sees the flies on an inspection visit, and finds the source before the restaurants do, every restaurant in the food court could be given a bad grading or even closed until the health inspectors are satisfied the source is eliminated and steps have been taken to prevent the problem coming back.

Not to mention that customers will see the flies and steer clear of the food court, costing business owner's money, and potentially costing staff their jobs.


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March 8, 20120 found this helpful

frugglesunny is right. Pest control is a large part of the health department's inspectionI hope no one is spraying pesticides around food. That would close them down for sure. The flies are breeding somewhere in the mall and that source needs to be taken care of.


I am sure the owner of the resturant can find a way to control this. If they do not people will stop eating there or the health dept will close them down.


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