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Reduce Mosquitoes and Flies in NJ

Thursday, June 14th, 2018 by Bill Cowley

Customers eating at a restaurant


Managing pests inside of your business is a no-brainer. Most any commercial business, especially restaurants, will move mountains to ensure that their indoor environment remains pest-free for their patrons. While businesses tend to focus on inside pest activity, please don't overlook the importance of outdoor pest management, especially if your business is offering outdoor seating to its patrons during the summer months.

Flies, mosquitoes, and other flying insects can easily turn a what-should-have been enjoyable evening into a miserable experience where all that’s remembered is being bitten alive by mosquitoes or pestered by dirty flies. And there is nothing quite like these pests to trigger negative comments on Yelp and other sites offering crowd-sourced reviews.

Outdoor pest management bolsters indoor pest management. If ignored and left untreated, it’s only a matter of time before outdoor pest issues become indoor pest headaches. Addressing outdoor pest issues BEFORE these pests have a chance to find their way inside your business is a key pest prevention strategy. By taking a few preventive steps for common outdoor pests, especially for flies and mosquitoes, you’ll go a long way making sure that your customers have an enjoyable indoor or outdoor experience on your property. 
Outdoor Fly Control

The most common outdoor “hot spots” for pest problems are the garbage disposal areas. Rotting, smelling food debris that accumulates on the dumpsters and surrounding areas is trouble waiting to happen. This stuff is a magnet for flies and other outdoor pests to breed and thrive.

Prevent your dumpster area from turning into a fly-breeding facility by:

  • Having your staff or a professional service power wash this area regularly to blast away these materials with a high-pressure stream of hit water.
  • Ensuring trash is collected in a timely manner.
  • Not allowing your trash containers to overflow – either by ordering larger containers or scheduling more frequent trash pick-ups.

Also, I wanted to shed a little light on an overlooked attractor of flying insects to your outdoor space: Lighting!  While outdoor lighting is necessary for your business, keep in mind that lighting also attracts pests. When selecting outdoor lighting, remember that as the heat and brightness of the bulb increases, the more the bulb will attract pests. One great compromise is replacing traditional outdoor bulbs with yellow bulbs. These bulbs provide good illumination while minimizing their attractiveness to insects. Until the next Thomas Edison invents a 100% fully bug proof light bulb, this adjustment can make your property less attractive to flying insects.

Mosquito Control 

The key to controlling mosquito populations around your property is reducing, and preferably eliminating, standing water. Mosquitoes can breed in standing water in as little as 10 days.

Some often over-looked areas of standing water include: 

  • Fountains that aren't running

  • Clogged gutters and improperly positioned downspouts

  • Artificial and decorative containers, including bird baths

  • Ornamental ponds

  • Drainage ditches near roadways or on the perimeter of the property 

  • Leaking outdoor water connections

  • Overwatered gardens and flower pots

Every business environment is dynamic and unique. While preventive steps can help to lower pest populations, none of them are foolproof. Also, you can’t control what’s going on in your neighborhood and you may be visited by flies and mosquitoes that are breeding somewhere nearby.