Waiter, There’s a Fly in my Soup…

Waiter, There’s a Fly in my Soup…

From a small fly problem so bad a restaurant had to close its soup and salad bar to a fruit fly problem in an empty apartment that “looked like a scene from a horror movie,” McCall Service in Tampa, Fla., deals with its share of commercial pest nightmares. “Often, restaurants have structural problems that can’t be fixed,” says Dave Johnson, branch manager of the mostly commercial operation. “But our customers still expect quick results – if their guests see even one cockroach, it’s a bad day for everyone!” Though cockroaches are the highest priority pest in commercial accounts, flies are the most persistent pest problem.  “People are just annoyed by flies,” says Johnson, who manages six technicians and handles accounts from horse farms to factories to apartment complexes. “And where there are flies, there are usually sanitation issues.” Because the McCall Tampa branch is largely commercial, they are often a test market for new products. So when EndZone™ insecticide stickers from FMC became available late last year, McCall was one of the first companies in Florida to try them out. EndZone stickers are 4″ x 4” clear adhesive squares that can be placed on windows, under counters, near floor drains or on other surfaces where flies congregate. An arrestant, Endzone contains a formulation of acetamiprid and a food source that kills flies as they feed on the sticker. Trial by Fire McCall technician Mark Hubbard first tested the product on an empty apartment. “The tenant had cleaned up the kitchen but unplugged the refrigerator without taking food out,” he explains. “Nobody knew there was a problem until they pulled...