Outdoor Deck dining- Bugs!

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by canyonriverchef, May 17, 2013.

  1. canyonriverchef

    canyonriverchef

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    Greetings,

    I have recently signed on as the Exec at a new restaurant located in a Fly Fishing Resort on the river. Amazing opportunity, amazing owners, no better location on earth except for the evening hatch of flies that grace us around 5pm. Does anyone have any experience dealing with outdoor dining on a river? We, of course, want to keep the pest control as eco-friendly as possible but also want to ensure our guests are not being pestered by various bugs and flies while enjoying their drinks and meal al fresco. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. I should note we are contacting a pest control specialist to assist but if there is experience out there with a similar issue I would love some insider info.

    Thanks!
     
  2. pollopicu

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    What about mosquito magnet? we used to use one, and it worked pretty good.
     
  3. butzy

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    We are based on a river as well and have a similar problem (except with us it is malaria mosquito's, so not just annoying, but dangerous as well)

    One of the things you could look at is changing the light bulbs to yellow.

    We have a lot less problems that way. If you can't find yellow light bulbs, then just get a yellow spray can and spray them.

    I would also look at citronella candles, or citronella lamp oil.

    How is the fishing? What are the main fish species there?
     
  4. flipflopgirl

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    You are on the water.

    You will have bugs.

    Place a sign near the patio entry stating this in a non threatening manner.

    Forbid the FOH to try to apologize or explain anything as this will only make things worse.

    IMO bug zappers are creepy and unappetizing.

    Search for a screen system that can be removed after bug season.

    mimi
     
  5. dcarch

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    Mosquito net is the only solution, IMHO.

    dcarch
     
  6. pollopicu

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  8. pollopicu

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    I posted a random image of a mosquito magnet product. Do you mean this particular product, or the magnet in general?

    I lived in South Jersey (mosquito kingdom) and we used a magnet and it had about 75% success rate. Without it we couldn't go out, couldn't even step out of the car without being swarmed by them. It was hellish. It's not 100%, but it's better than nothing, and attractive compared to other options, especially when it comes to outdoor entertaining and food service.
     
  9. dcarch

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    If you read the reviews for all brands of this type of machines, not just the one you linked, the user opinions are extremely poor.

    Besides, they have no effect on other insects like flies and bees, which are drawn to sweet foods. 

    I have a mosquito net tent for my backyard. It is 100% effective against all insects. If done properly, you can hardly see the net.

    dcarch
     
  10. pollopicu

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    How big do those come in?

    I never had problems with flies. We since moved to CT and haven't had to use the magnet, but we do have issues with bees here. Residents enjoy farming them in our town, not sure if it's related.
     
  11. dcarch

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    First, very very very important to all. When you are outside, never drink any soda or sweet drinks from a can. 

    A bee can get inside the can when you are not looking. You know what can happen if you take a swallow -----.

    Mosquito net material can come in any size and you can make your own tent. Or get a tent that would fit a king-size bed. Check eBay.

    dcarch
     
  12. pollopicu

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    I don't think that would be big enough for the amount of guests he's talking about. Unless they're a talented seamstress I don't think making your own tent for an upscale event would look good. Nothing worse than a crappy diy job, ykwim?