Food Safety Level 2 (VTQ)

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Fly control

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What we are going to do now is look at fly control. Now, flies can be a big problem in any business and particularly in a food production area, in a kitchen or a bar or factory, but also in any type of workplace. There is lots of different ways of controlling flies. So the best thing you can do if you have a fly problem is to have a look around and do a risk assessment, an assessment on exactly what the problem is because it may well be that the flies are coming from a particular area. It may be you have got a lot of dust bins very close to this kitchen or in the work area and this is attracting the flies. So the flies are gathering and reproducing around the rubbish and then coming into the building. So one solution there would be to tidy up that area or maybe move it away from the building.

You can also control flies by putting fly screens up. A fly screen is a fine mesh that goes over a window, so you can still have the window open allowing airflow, but it keeps any flies or insects away out of the building. You can also get these to cover doors if needed; these can be either a drop screen which is a mesh or a solid plastic that you can just drive through or walkthrough.

Another way of controlling flies inside the building would be the use of electric fly killers. Now, all-electric fly killers will come in different shapes and sizes, so it's very important you read the instructions for the one that you actually have. But just briefly, they are a sealed container where the fly can go in and it gets electrocuted and then it drops down into this tray at the bottom. So one of the things you need to do regularly makes sure you keep these fly killers clean. So you need to disconnect it from the mains, clean the unit properly, make sure there are no problems with dirt on it, and also dust down and clean the top of it because they are often mounted on the wall or hanging from the ceiling. This particular one here hangs from a hook and you want to make sure there is no build-up of dust on the top because the build of dust on top of these, maybe you leave a door open, the wind could blow this dust over into a food preparation area. But this type of fly killer are used in all sorts of areas from shops, food production factories and things like this, but just make sure that everything is intact with it and it is working. So just because you have got one on the wall, you need to make sure you keep it well maintained.

There are other ways of controlling flies. You could be using flypapers and fly traps that actually attract flies, but make sure that you can use these in your business. Depending on the business itself, you may find that having flypaper on the wall which are a sticky strip that the flies are attracted to and they stick to is in itself a risk to health and hygiene within a kitchen environment. You may find that they are not allowed. Also, they are not that easy if the area is fairly breezy or there is lots of wind around. Other fly areas on the outside there can be fly traps and stuff like this. So consult a fly control specialist if you need help on a larger scale.