If you are a business owner frustrated dealing with flies at your factory, warehouse, or office, you should ideally opt for an integrated approach to fly elimination. Just in case you are not familiar with this approach, it includes both preventive measures as well as improving your hygiene practices to eliminate factors that attract flies to your facility.
One of the most important parts of an integrated fly-control and management approach is to use fly light traps that allow technicians to count and record the species and number of flies captured and killed by the trap. Integrated fly control also requires you to ensure that all your exclusion policies and equipment are working in the right manner. Finally, the most critical component of this fly control approach is to ensure the fly light trap is capable of removing flies quickly.
In today’s thriving market for fly control and elimination, there are numerous models of fly light traps with different sizes, shapes, lamp types, and elimination methods. This is why it can sometimes be difficult to choose the fly light trap that is both appropriate for your situation and effective at catching flies.
Mentioned below are some important factors that must be taken into account while selecting a light trap for fly elimination.
- Attractiveness to flies: First and foremost, the fly light trap that you choose should be able to attract flies. It is important to remember that all UV lamps used in these units are not the same. There are many different ways to manufacture fluorescent lamps to alter the wavelengths emitted. It is possible to manufacture LED lamps capable of emitting particular wavelengths too. For attracting flies, the most critical factor is the relative intensity above the levels of ambient light. This is why flies are attracted more towards wavelengths outside the range of visible light. Many cheap lamps simply do not put out much light in the UV-A range. You need to remember, people cannot see UV-A light, it is invisible to us. So just because the trap has a blue light, doesn’t mean it will catch flies. You need to check the specs and use a UV-A light meter if you want to know what is going on.
- Protection Area: It is also important to consider the shape and size of the room where the light trap will be placed. Don’t forget to check the covered area rating provided by the manufacturer. While deciding on the number of units, ensure that all parts of the space receive adequate light and there are no hidden spaces and corners. Remember too, many unethical marketers will make claims that are just not true. Check the power of the lamps and how much UV-A light they provide.
- Energy Efficiency: Light traps generally operate for extended periods, and this is why it is important for them to be energy efficient. Lower energy consumption will significantly reduce your running costs as well as environmental footprint. This is why a good LED Trap is best.
- Servicing: The lamp and the glueboard are the two components of a quality fly light trap that need to be replaced from time to time. The ease of accessing or opening the unit to replace the parts depends on its design. It is always more convenient to opt for one that can be opened and serviced easily.
- You should only use glueboard models as electrocutor models will frazzle flies into tiny particles that contaminate food and the air you breathe.
- Aesthetics: In your commercial facility, it may not be appropriate to use light traps that are the typical metal box containing a metal grid. Nowadays, there are many stylish and unobtrusive models that match different environments while delivering excellent results.
These were a few factors to consider while choosing your fly light trap. However, if you want to avoid the hard work, you can come straight to Vectothor. We have a wide selection of premium light traps with the highest catch rates. Please contact our experts to find out more.