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Old 02-11-2019, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default Flys in Restaurants - Is it just me?

Just curious if it's me they're attracted to or does everyone notice it? lol. We made a trip to Houston for shopping and trying to find all y'alls leftovers at Academy on Saturday and decided on a late lunch, early dinner about 4pm at Liberty Kitchen at the Treehouse, west side of Houston off I10. First time there but been to the Heights location many times. Anyway, a couple of drinks, some deviled eggs, and our entrees. I noticed a gnat or fruit fly flitting about above our food and it just irked me.

This has happened at some nice places that you would think should not be having these issues. I guess I seem to notice it but I don't think I should be having flies flitting about while I am eating, or even in the place? I get it if you would be eating outside, a BBQ, fish fry or crawfish boil but not in a sit down spot.

It is slowly becoming my pet peeve, especially the more the meal cost. Has anyone else noticed? If so, do you complain?
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:13 PM   #2
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I've learned to live with it in Houston. Drives me nuts in my home still, we keep everything clean, and take out garbage religiously. There's always a few that just never seem to leave. So in a business centered around food, I guess it makes sense for it to occur.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:15 PM   #3
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We occasionally have them at home, probably come in on produce from the grocery store. We also seem to have a "fly season" here in Austin that last a month or two where there always seems to be a house fly or 3 buzzing around. Our home is kept very clean, never a dish left in the sink overnight, no food left out, counters wiped, lid on trash can, etc....yet we still get the occasional fly or gnat.

I can't see holding a restaurant to a higher standard than I am able to maintain in my own clean home.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:18 PM   #4
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Roaches are far cleaner than flies. If flies are problematic in a restaurant, I leave. Been in the pest management industry for 30 plus years.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:35 PM   #5
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Last year the fly's were bad. Kept the vacuum cleaner at the french door and sucked them up......
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:44 PM   #6
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I spent a few weeks in Western Australia in the summer time. I will never complain about flies here again.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:47 PM   #7
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bug-a-salt rifle is endless fun
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:49 PM   #8
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Just cut a hole in the seat of your pants and the flies won't be up around your face.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:52 PM   #9
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bug-a-salt rifle is endless fun
Yes, but you have to be careful. The people at the next table might be on a low sodium diet.
I just go out to my truck and get my electric flyswatter.

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Old 02-11-2019, 02:16 PM   #10
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I second the bug-a-salt rifle
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:54 PM   #11
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As a restaurant operator I can tell you they are sometimes impossible to totally wipe out. Last summer was the worst mainly due to them coming in on potatoes. We only saw a few here and there but no matter how hard we tried they didn’t completely disappear until winter arrived. Sometimes what you see at restaurants/bars are drain flies and that is a cleaning issue for sure. They are both tiny flies so hard to tell the difference.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:07 PM   #12
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I quit going to Cheddars here by the house because of them.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:24 PM   #13
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I second the bug-a-salt rifle
Ill 3rd the bug-a-salt santa brought me one this year.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:30 PM   #14
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15 degrees here with 30 inches of snow right now. Haven't had a fly problem for a couple months!
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:39 PM   #15
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Just cut a hole in the seat of your pants and the flies won't be up around your face.
I don't know what today's prize is, but you just won it.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:54 PM   #16
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I battle flies year round in RGV. Tacolandia has too many!
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:16 PM   #17
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Bug a salt x4
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:29 PM   #18
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I go to the one in the Heights semi frequently. I will take the food quality & expense with a little annoyance of a few bugs rather than some not so clean places around here that have resulted in food poisoning.

Should be some protein in the lil flies too.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:20 PM   #19
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Yes. Ill complain if there are numerous. One here or there...I dont complain...theyre sneaky buggers and hard to control. I like it when restaurants have the front door blowers to keepem out.

Sweeping in the eating area, especially under my table, while Im eating bothers me more.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:48 PM   #20
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We were at dinner a couple of months ago at a winery/nice restaurant, two flies keep bombing our appetizer. Called the waiter over and he said nothing they could do. Won’t be going back.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:05 PM   #21
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If itís a BBQ place with a screendoor I generally donít mind. Thatís where I go to get good outside meat. I just go sit outdoors and expect a few flies.

Fruit flies are never a good thing with me. I will go back once since I am going to say something about it. Probably calling the health dept if it is like that a second time.

If you want an idea if the fruit fly got in accidently, hold up the pepper sauce and look at the bottom of the bottle. If you see dead fruit flies or larvae floating or swimming leave.

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Old 02-11-2019, 08:20 PM   #22
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Just dog azzed flys, they gotta be clean, my dog always licks herself clean.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:39 PM   #23
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We were at dinner a couple of months ago at a winery/nice restaurant, two flies keep bombing our appetizer. Called the waiter over and he said nothing they could do. Wonít be going back.

If you go out to eat often bad things will happen. I am just curious of what your solution the staff could have done to fix the problem?

Lil trick that works (sometimes) if they are swarming your table. Asked to be moved to another table but make them leave some scraps on the table for the flies. Then they can take care of the problem.

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Old 02-11-2019, 08:56 PM   #24
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Yes. Ill complain if there are numerous. One here or there...I dont complain...theyre sneaky buggers and hard to control. I like it when restaurants have the front door blowers to keepem out.

Sweeping in the eating area, especially under my table, while Im eating bothers me more.
Oh me too. Nasty
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