Fly Lights: One Part of Outside-In Pest Control

Ecolab LED Fly Light being serviced by an Ecolab Pest Elimination Service Specialist

Fly lights (also sometimes called Insect Light Traps or ILTs) are not a stand-alone answer to fly problems. If you operate a food processing, food retail or foodservice facility, fly control is part of the business. And although fly lights are a valuable part of a comprehensive fly program, they are not a complete solution.

Flies cause food-safety issues, repel customers and can result in point deductions or fines from a regulatory inspection, so when you get rid of flies, you're taking care of your profit and brand.

Outside-In Approach to Fly Control

Ecolab's outside-in approach to pest control is beneficial to controlling all flying insects, but it is particularly directed toward large flies, which primarily live and breed outside. The approach focuses on finding the root cause of large fly activity, reducing fly pressure around the building, and solving issues before flies reach the interior.

Our outside-in approach includes three key steps: 

  1. Prevent fly entry opportunities: Minimize open-door time and consider vestibules, air curtains and plastic strips.
  2. Reduce exterior fly pressure: Use good sanitation, a targeted treatment of exterior surfaces and fly stations/traps.
  3. Eliminate interior fly activity: Ensure all indoor flies are eliminated and minimize additional entry opportunities.

When you partner with Ecolab, you get the best science and service.

Our protocols were developed by entomologists, so the science is strong, and the outcome is effective. 

Exterior: Your service specialist performs inspections to find breeding sites, fly attractants and entry points, and provides recommendations to correct those conditions. We treat fly resting sites and use our proprietary STEALTH Fly Station, as well as large fly traps to reduce local populations and mitigate pressure around the perimeter.

Interior: Your service specialist eliminates any flies that do make it inside. We use targeted treatments, proprietary equipment and proven inspection techniques to solve fly problems—helping prevent risk and eliminate flies. Our equipment, including our STEALTH CFL, is strategically placed to monitor and catch flies.

Tackling the root causes of fly activity is the goal of Ecolab’s fly program. We use fly lights as part of that effort, but we have enough experience to know fly lights aren't a comprehensive solution. Our approach not only helps in keeping your facility fly-free; it helps protect your bottom line, food safety, guest satisfaction and ultimately your brand.


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