Shocking facts about electric fly killers

FliesIf you want your business to be buzzing with customers rather than flies then you may be considering installing an electric fly killer unit. It’s an obvious move for any commercial enterprise aware of the harm that can be caused by flies:

  • Possible spread of disease including salmonella and e.coli
  • Contaminated food
  • General nuisance
  • Damage to reputation
  • Failure to comply with health legislation
  • Bites from some species

But are electric zapper fly killers the best way to get rid of these flying pests?

Pros and cons of electric fly killers

Electric fly killers attract flies with long-wavelength ultraviolet light and then eliminate them – often by electrocution. They are only really suitable for indoor use as outdoors they could attract other insects such as moths that were not originally a problem.

Although effective at killing flies indoors, there is a problem. When the fly gets zapped, small particles of it can be projected into the air, where they can contaminate food or be inhaled by people.

The Luminos solution

Rentokil have developed unique encapsulation technology to reduce the risk of contamination from flying insects and the fragmentation or ‘blow out’ of dead insects associated with electric grid fly zappers.

The Luminos range of electric fly killers all use adhesive film or glue boards – avoiding the problem of insect fragments.

Extensive testing was carried out to ensure the Luminos fly killers were absolutely  effective. The Rentokil test was based on releasing house flies in a room and then recording the number of flies captured at regular intervals over a seven-hour period. This was repeated at least six times to ensure an accurate measurement of performance over time.

The figures suggested that an adhesive Luminos surface unit caught flies twice as fast as the equivalent electrified grid unit. This translates to a big reduction in the risk of disease than when using an electric grid unit in food preparation areas.

Encapsulation units, like Luminos 3 Plus capture flies in a rolling film. The advantage of this type of trap is that the catch surface is routinely refreshed, reducing problems in dusty environments and hygienically sealing in fly fragments.

Watch the video below to see the dangers of contamination from flying insect fragmentation associated with electric grid fly zappers.

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