What Are Electric Fly Killer Units?
Electric Fly killers work in different ways to eliminate flies and other bugs from offices, food premises and homes.
Fly zappers and Glue boards flycatchers, also known as electric fly killers, attract flying bugs with UV lights to get rid of them without the use of pesticides, making them the ideal choice in areas where hygiene is essential, such as restaurant kitchens.
The main types of flying insects eliminated by electric Fly Killers include Bluebottle flies (Blowflies), Cluster flies, wasps, moths, midges, mosquitoes, gnats.
Electric fly killer units are available in an array of Sizes, Power, Materials and Colours, but they all work with the same principle:
- Flying insects are attracted to the UV light emitted by fluorescent or more recently LED lamps
- Flies are then killed by a High-voltage electric grill or stuck to a glue-coated cardboard (Glueboard).
Types of Electric fly Killers
A fly zapper works with two main parts:
- Some Bulbs/tubes produce a fluorescent or LED ultra-violet light
- A high-tension electric metal grid which “zap” the insect dead.
As UV light appeals to most flying insects, the tubes attract the pest flies onto the electrified grid, which then kill them instantly on contact.
- Fly zappers are effective: they kill in an instant.
- No Mess: the dead insect debris fall into a collection tray that is easy to remove and clean.
- Little maintenance: Usually the fly trays can hold hundreds or thousands of insects so they don’t need to be emptied very often.
Glue board electric fly killers are also called “glue traps”. They work with two main parts:
- Ultra-violet fluorescent or LED tube(s)
- A cardboard (or sometimes plastic board) coated with sticky glue retains the insect that subsequently dies on it. The glue boards can then be replaced.
- No noise: Unlike electric grids, glueboards kill insects silently.
- More Discreet: Glue board fly killers are usually thinner than zappers as there is no space needed for an electric grid.
- Clean: glue boards electric fly killers are easy to keep clean by changing the board when needed.
For good hygiene, it is recommended to change the boards at regular intervals, especially during the summer months when more flies get caught.
Discreet or “Decorative” electric fly killers are designed for use in front-of-house areas. Areas which are visible to customers are discreetly protected by these types or fly catchers.
They are a specific type of glue board fly killers with a discreet element to their design. The most common ones are the Uplighter Fly Killers.
Discreet units are most suited for use in cafes, restaurants, hotel lobbies, food service, reception and dining areas.
Best Place to Install Electric fly Killers
Fly Killer Positioning
- Electric fly killers should not be located directly above or near areas where food is prepared to prevent contamination risk with insect body parts falling from the fly machines.
- Only Glue Board electric fly killers should be used near food production or preparation areas.
- Do not place the fly trap near a source of natural light (windows, skylights, etc.) as it will reduce the attraction to the UV tubes.
- Try to position your fly killers between the fly entry points and the food / sensitive areas.
- Height: Most species of flying insects move around the lower parts of a room. Position your units not higher than 2 metres where possible. This will also make the routine maintenance much easier, e.g. cleaning, changing glue boards and UV tubes.
- Keep your electric fly killer away from air conditioning units, heaters, and fans as they will reduce performance of the machine.
- Lastly, make sure you install the appropriate number of units and the right type in your premises. Check the coverage (square metres) indicated by the manufacturer. More coverage is achieved with higher wattage units.
The Diagram below gives you an example of positioning in a restaurant:
How to Reduce Fly Activity in Your Business?
In a commercial environment, it is essential not to rely solely on electric fly killers to protect both your customers and your business.
- Flies are attracted to waste and food, therefore make sure that you keep the premises clean at all times.
- Maintain a high level of hygiene in all areas of the business: Dispose of the waste in a clean and effective way; store all food in sealed containers; remove any damaged food or spillages without delay; discard contaminated food and keep all surfaces perfectly clean.
- Train staff about the importance safe food practices and good hygiene. Staff awareness will help preventing pest problems and benefit your business in the long run.
- Use regular training and scheduled checklists maintain high standards.