Utilizing UV (Ultraviolet) Rays in
Flying Insect Control, Integrated Pest Management
The use of ultraviolet rays has been a major integrated pest management tool in eliminating certain
flying insect pests, fruit flies, drain
flies (or Moth Fly,) house
flies in commercial kitchens, restaurants, lounges, hospitals and other
structures. By incorporating UV rays into an integrated pest management program, we
are less dependent on insect sprays and insecticide
dusts. By using professional fly traps indoors we can limit insect
sprays to more important areas: in and around dumpsters, in cracks around
windows and doors on exterior of buildings.
When flies see ultraviolet light, they are naturally lured in the
direction of the source of UV rays. The light from an ultraviolet trap
gives the fly the impression that it is flying in the easiest path.
Certain flies (such as the Vinegar Fly) are not impressed by ultraviolet.
That is why professional traps (Flytrap
Professional, Luralite Fly Trap, Satalite
Fly Traps) also incorporate
pheromones in the trapping system. Indoor flies will be attracted to
either the UV rays or the fly pheromones.
Once attracted by UV rays, the insects must be captured, killed or
contained. Some of the first traps introduced would electrocute the flying
insects on a grid. These traps are still available and are more powerful
and efficient than their original cousins. The Exocutor
Ultraviolet Fly Zapper and Insectaflash Ultraviolet
Fly Zapper are excellent zappers; for areas that are hosed down regularly or
where moist conditions are present the Splashproof
Ultraviolet Fly Zapper is needed.
The main draw back to using a zapper (any fly trap that electrocutes
flies) is sanitation. There are bound to be tiny particles of dead insects
in an area where this type of fly trap is used, which is totally unacceptable in
food handling areas. In commercial kitchens, a fly trap that captures
flies instead of electrocuting them is cleaner. The Fly
Trap Professional offers powerful ultraviolet bulbs in a special unit which
will attract fruit flies, gnats over a wide area. This fly trap also uses sticky pads
that are impregnated with a sexual pheromone that flies find hard to resist.
Replacement pads for the Flytrap Professional.
There are areas where the sight of captured flies is not desirable.
These front end areas need the use of a different type of fly trap. There
have been many different designs of front end type fly traps. Most looked
nice but did not capture flies. There are two traps that blend in with
public areas and will capture flies: Satalite
Fly Trap and Luralite Fly Trap. In dark
night clubs the best trap to use is the Satalite,
a trap that is more likely to blend in with the surroundings while trapping
fruit flies, gnats, flies and other flying insects. For well lit
areas in restaurants and buffets, the Luralite is
Satalite replacement pads Luralite
For more information on different types of fly traps, fly control products
Fly Elimination Fly
Control Products UV Rays
Fly Trap Replacement Pads
Fly Traps Pest Management Fruit Flies