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Why control flies

By law, food that is sold must be wholesome and free from contamination and you are required to demonstrate ‘due diligence’ that you have taken every precaution against contamination from flying insect pests. These pests are highly mobile and make no distinction between food prepared for our consumption and any other surface that they land on, walk over, defecate on or eat. Many insect species have particularly unsavoury habits and therefore represent a high contamination risk to our food. The House Fly, for example, is often a carrier of diseases, such as typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, polio and anthrax.

Mantis Vega

Flies transmit diseases by carrying disease organisms onto food and sometimes by crawling across open wounds or even laying eggs in the wounds. They pick up disease organisms on their leg hairs and body and can transfer them by feeding and then regurgitatating them onto food (in the process of liquefying solid food).

With this in mind, flying insect control becomes more than just hanging any system where it can be seen. Its effectiveness, according to type and siting, has a real bearing on how much protection you and your customers receive. Poor quality or incorrectly sited systems can just make matters worse by giving a false sense of security.

Mantis 1x2

All flying insect control equipment needs regular servicing if it is to remain effective. Whilst the initial cost may be important, consider maintenance and running costs too. In this brochure, we lead you through the steps you need to follow in selecting a PestWest system and indicate which systems may suit your situation. To maintain maximum efficiency, change tubes ideally every 6 months but at least every 12 months.


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