LED ELECTRIC FLY KILLERS
LED ELECTRIC FLY KILLERS (EFKs)
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WHY IS HAVING GOOD FLY MANAGEMENT IN PLACE SO IMPORTANT FOR BUSINESSES THAT HANDLE FOOD?
While we all know that it is essential for food businesses to ensure that their premises are free from rats and mice to avoid harmful contamination, flies can actually pose an even greater risk of contamination to food products and packaging.
It is much easier for flies to gain access to buildings than it is for rodents, due to their size, ability to fly and the fact that they are generally a much more accepted part of everyday life than rats and mice. However, just like rodents, flies can carry and spread a range of nasty diseases and bacteria, with the WHO (World Health Organization) estimating that houseflies alone can transmit at least 65 different diseases.
Which Species of Fly Are A Problem?
There are many different species of fly, but in the UK, the ones most commonly found at food processing plants are, fruit flies, drain flies, flesh flies and filth flies, which is the category that house flies fall into. Different species of fly are attracted to different types of food, including fermenting sugars, oils and fats, carbohydrates, decaying proteins, such as meat and vegetable matter.
Between these 4 species of fly, they are known to be able to carry over 100 different pathogens, capable of causing disease in humans. These include many serious and potentially fatal diseases, including Salmonella, E. coli, Cholera, Shigella, Campylobacter and Tuberculosis.
How Does Contamination Happen?
Flies don’t always find their food in nice, hygienic food processing plants, and they will also happily feed on faecal matter, dead animal carcasses, rotting food and other contaminated materials. So as flies flit from contaminated to clean food sources, it is easy for them to pick up bacteria and pathogens and spread them around.
There are 3 main ways that flies can cause contamination in food processing plants:
- When flies land on contaminated materials, it can physically stick to them, often adhering to hair on their body or the sticky pads on their feet. This can then easily be transferred to other surfaces they land on subsequently.
- When a fly consumes contaminated materials and then defecates or regurgitates digestive juices (something that flies do when they eat) onto another surface, the bacteria that they have consumed can be transferred to the surface as well.
- These species of fly only have lifespans ranging from 7-50 days, so if your premises are attracting these flies when they are alive, it is likely that you will find dead flies in the same areas. This means that the actual flies themselves can pose a contamination risk as a foreign body, if they fall onto the production line or into packaging materials etc.
LED ELECTRIC FLY KILLERS ARE IDEAL FOR LOTS OF SECTORS, INCLUDING:
BRC Accredited Businesses
Takeaways & Restaurants
Bars, Pubs & Nightclubs
Retail / Shops
Factories & Warehouses
BRC Accredited Businesses
Takeaways & Restaurants
Hospitality & Hotels
Bars, Pubs & Nightclubs
Retail / Shops Selling Food
Factories & Warehouses
WHAT ARE ELECTRIC FLY KILLERS
& HOW DO THEY WORK?
Electric fly killers (EFKs), also known as electric fly control units or fly zappers, are electric powered boxes that are mounted on the wall or suspended from the ceiling, using of a commercial premises, to eliminate flies.
There are 2 main elements to an EFK:
- Attract - An intense UV light source is used to attract flies and other flying insects into the unit.
- Kill - Once they enter the unit to get to the light, the flies are met by either an electrified grid that electrocutes and kills them, or a glue board that the flies become stuck to and eventually causes them to die.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC FLY KILLERS & LED ELECTRIC FLY KILLERS?
Traditional electric fly killers, use old fashioned fluorescent UV bulbs as their UV light source. These sorts of bulbs, contain mercury phosphor which emits visible and invisible UV light when excited by an electric charge.
LED electric fly killers, don't contain mercury phosphor and work quite differently. UV LED lights work by allowing the current to flow between the positive and negative sides of a circuit, emitting light at a very short bandwidth, producing invisible UV rays.
While both types of UV source are effective at attracting flies, there are many advantages to using LED over traditional EFKs.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LED ELECTRIC FLY KILLERS?
More Energy Efficient - LED electric fly killers, are up to 80% more energy efficient than traditional fluorescent bulb units. This means that making the switch is a great way to help reduce your carbon footprint.
Lower Running Costs - Better energy efficiency, also mean lower running costs. With the Energy Price Cap rising by 54% from 1st April 2022, switching to LED EFKs will significantly reduce your energy usage and costs, with most LED EFKs paying for themselves within 3 years.
No Excessive Heat Output - LED bulbs generate less than a fifth of the heat created by a fluorescent tube bulb. This means that not only do LED EFKs pose far less of a fire risk than traditional units, but they also won't be churning out unwanted heat on hot days and making it uncomfortable to work near them.
More Hardwearing Than Traditional EFKs - The long glass fluorescent tube bulbs in traditional EFKs are fragile, meaning that they can easily be broken if they are knocked or dropped. LEDs on the other hand, are tiny and far less delicate, making LED EFKs much more robust.
Less Harmful to the Environment - LEDs don't contain mercury phosphor or other toxic chemicals, as fluorescent bulbs do.
No Annoying Noise - Fluorescent bulb EFKs often emit a low level humming sound created by the magnetic ballasts in the fluorescent tubes. LED EFKs however, are completely silent.
No Need To Change Bulbs Every Year - The mercury phosphor in traditional fluorescent tube bulbs starts to degrade after around 12 months. This means that bulbs in traditional EFKs need to be changed every year in order to keep them working optimally. Not only can this be an inconvenience and additional expense, but due to their mercury content, fluorescent bulbs need to be specially disposed of. LEDs on the other hand, usually last for around 10 years / 20,000 hours of continuous use, before needing to be replaced.
More Lightweight - As LEDs are so small, LED EFKs are usually much more lightweight than traditional EFKs. This makes them safer and easier to mount or hang.
OUR RANGE OF LED ELECTRIC FLY KILLERS
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH ELECTRIC FLY KILLER I NEED?
When choosing an EFK, there are a number of factors to consider, including:
The size of area that needs to be covered - You may need a larger unit if the room is very big.
The number of entry points - Ideally you would have an EFK situated at each entry point.
The size of the catch tray - If you know that an area is particularly prone to flies, it is important to ensure that you choose a unit with a catch tray large enough for the anticipated volume of flies.
How it will be mounted - EFKs can either be mounted on a wall or suspended from a ceiling. So it is important to make sure that you choose one with appropriate fixings.
How close it will be to the production line or food prep areas - If the ELK is going to be located close to an area handling food, it is usually advisable to choose an ELK with a glue board rather than an electrified grid. This is due to the fact that small particles of fly can sometimes be flicked out of units with electrified grids when the fly hits it.
WHERE SHOULD MY ELECTRIC FLY KILLERS BE LOCATED?
EFKs should be mounted somewhere between the flies' point of entry, and the food source that they are trying to reach. This means that the best place to install them is usually just inside or above doors, so that they can be lured away and killed before they have a chance to get further into the building and closer to the food source.
It is also important to ensure the following:
- Units should not be positioned directly above areas that handle food.
- Units should be mounted in a position that can be easily accessed for emptying and maintenance.
- Units should not be located in a position that will attract insects from outside of the building, inside.
OUR LED ELECTRIC FLY KILLER SERVICE
We oﬀer the latest in fly killer solutions, following this simple process:
Call or email us to discuss your fly control requirements and we will arrange for our local technician to make a site visit.
One of our experienced technicians will carry out a site survey and provide you with a quote for our recommendations.
Abate Pest Management, BPCA certified technicians will visit your premises to install the LED electric fly killers.
We will proactively monitor the devices to identify trends, allowing preventative measures to be put in place.
ELECTRIC FLY KILLER FAQs
Yes! LED fly killers use UV LED lights to attract flies into the unit, in the same way that traditional fluorescent UV bulbs do. An electrified grid inside the the unit then delivers a 2000 volt electric shock to the fly, which kills them instantly.
Electric fly killers need to be mounted somewhere between the fly's most likely point of entry, and the food source that they are trying to reach. This means that the best place to install them is usually just inside or above doors, so that they can be lured away and killed before they have a chance to get further into the building and closer to the food source.
On average, LED electric fly killers, cost less than half the amount a traditional fluorescent fly killer costs to run. So if you have more than once EFK, your savings could be considerable, and most LED EFKs have paid for themselves within 3 years.
The exact amount they use will depend on its size, whether of not it uses traditional fluorescent UV bulbs or UV LEDs and whether is uses an electrified grid or glue boards to dispatch the flies.
Yes! Electric fly killers are a very effective way of controlling flies without harmful chemicals.
EFKs are a great way of controlling flies and other flying insects. They are highly effective and ideal in commercial premises that handle food, as they don't use any harmful chemicals.