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Fly infestations are more common among food processors and retailers

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

In many industries, especially the food and beverage and food production industries, flies are well-known for spreading diseases. An outbreak could lead to hundreds of thousands of ringgit in lost sales due to product recalls or tampered production. Moreover, recent studies indicate that flies may pose a much higher hygiene risk than previously believed. Flies are extremely common in Malaysia, with many restaurants and factories suffering from fly infestations, jeopardizing food safety. It is crucial to understand fly behavior in order to prevent and eliminate them successfully.


In the course of their normal behavior, flies come into contact with a variety of microorganisms and bacteria. In spite of the fact that there are numerous species of flies, they all feed on feces and rotting food. There are many bacteria that can cause severe harm to humans when they come into contact with flies. A genetic test revealed that individual flies can carry hundreds of different bacteria species, many of which are extremely dangerous and harmful. Approximately 1,300 types of bacteria were found on the flies using one technique. It is extremely alarming for food processing and retail businesses, making prevention and elimination much more imperative than before to ensure consume.

Bacteria, Diseases and Infections from Flies:

Microscopic hair on flies' bodies picks up millions of bacteria from their surroundings. The flies carry not only faeces and rotting matter, but also dangerous parasites and pathogens. It can cause food spoilage to extreme infections that can mutate and adapt to its surroundings. There has been evidence that some of the most prominent bacteria found on flies are Salmonella, which causes food-borne illnesses, E.coli, which causes inflammation in the digestive system, and Helicobacter pylori, which is linked to ulcers and stomach cancer. As a result of these harmful bacteria, a fly landing on any surface could contaminate nearby food.

Contamination Methods:

Food is contaminated by flies in three main ways: vomiting enzymes during feeding, excreting faeces, and simply landing on surfaces. While the first two tend to be revolting in nature, the latter is the most dangerous. According to research, flies' feet are the most contaminated parts of their bodies. Despite many steps, bacteria remain on flies' feet and are sufficient to pollute surfaces. A fly excretes or vomits feces less frequently since vomiting enzymes only occur when the fly plans to feast while vomiting enzymes do not occur always. There is a higher incidence of landing on surfaces and a higher number of bacteria on them.

For food producers and retailers, fly control is vital to ensuring consumer safety and meeting audit compliance. Using ecoCare integrated fly management (IFM), we provide solutions to eliminate flies at every stage of their life cycle. With our integrated fly management system, we provide a holistic four-step programme that includes exclusion, restriction, treatment, and monitoring to address all levels of fly infestation. We will conduct a preliminary survey, recommend solutions, and perform the most effective treatment to eliminate flies. In addition, we are constantly striving to innovate our solutions, which has culminated in our insect light trap. We can provide you with more information about flies by calling +60361504188.

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