Do Electric Fly Control Units Really Work?

Known to some as “bug zappers” or electric fly killers, these devices work by luring in flying insects and other insects into the unit with intense UV light. Inside the unit the insects are then met with an electric grid of 2,000 volts or a glue board. They make an excellent addition to your Integrated Pest Management programme.

So yes, electric fly control units do actually work!

Why do electric fly control units work?

It must firstly be emphasized that not all insects will be drawn to UV light, because not all are positively phototactic. Cockroaches, for example, are negatively phototactic thus explaining their scurrying behaviour when the lights are turned on. Fortunately, many insects are positively phototactic such as flies, wasps and moths. These insects use natural light, either from the sun or the moon, as a means of orientation and navigation. For example; maintaining an angle to the sun or moon’s rays, they maintain a straight trajectory and a steady flight path.

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Such attraction to light underlines the effectiveness of electric fly control units. Their basic design ensures that positively phototactic insects, especially flies, are drawn to the units.

Electric fly control units are an effective pest control tool, but with the wide range on the market place selecting the correct unit for your business can be time consuming.

Should you require assistance in selecting, installing or maintaining electric fly control units, please get in touch using our Contact Page.


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