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How do glue board fly killers work

How do electric grid fly killers work

When do I need to change the lamps

To attract insects special type of fluorescent lamp is used. The insect attractant lamp, emits Ultra Violet (UV) light at a wavelength of 368 nanometres, which is very attractive to most flying insects. This UV light is invisible to human eyes, but these lamps also emit a blueish light visible to humans. The insect is electrocuted by high voltage (approx. 4,000 volts) carried between the bars of the killing grid. The bodies of killed insects fall into a collection tray. This should be emptied and cleaned regularly.

To attract insects a special type of fluorescent lamp is used. The insect attractant lamp, emits Ultra Violet (UV) light at a wavelength of 368 nanometres, which is very attractive to most flying insects. This UV light is invisible to human eyes, but these lamps also emit a blueish light visible to humans. The insects are trapped on a glue board within the unit. 

How often do I need to change the glue board

The glue board should be replaced regularly, at least every 12 weeks or sooner if they become full of flies.

What are the different types of stainless steel

There are 3 common grades of stainless steel.

Grade 430 is a lower cost option which offers good corrosion resistance, it is typically used for indoor applications such as kitchen appliances. 

Grade 304 is the most common type of stainless steel it offers excellent corrosion resistance, it is typically used in more corrosive environments such as food processing and dairies.

Grade 316 is even corrosion resistant than grade 304 and it is typically used for marine and coastal application and in food production as a food contact material.

What type of stainless steel do Simon-8 use

We use grade 304 for our fly killers because of it's decorative and hygienic finish together with high corrosion resistance it makes it ideal for commercial catering equipment.

What are Shatterproof lamps

Shatterproof lamps are lamps that are covered with FEP (Fluorinated ethylene propylene) an polymer that has very high transmission of UV light and well as excellent UV stability properties so that it will not degrade with use. Our shatterproof lamps also conform to the IEC61549 ‘Fragment Retention’ standard for areas where this is considered necessary, such as food processing factories.

The lamps cease to emit UV light at sufficiently high levels to be effective, after approximately 12 months of use so the lamps must be changed every year, even though they still glow blue, for this light alone is not effective at attracting insects. The insects are trapped on a glueboard within the unit. The best time to replace the lamp is spring ready for the new fly season.

Where is the best place to install a fly killer

To obtain maximum benefit from your fly killer it is most important that the unit is sited in the correct position. The following points should be taken into consideration: The unit should be sited, wherever possible, at 90° to the major light source, e g. largest window. Avoid siting too high, ideally the unit should be sited with the base as near to two metres (6ft 6in) from the floor as possible. Avoid siting the unit where air currents can blow flying insects away from the unit e.g. near open doors.

The unit must not be sited so that the light source is obscured; if flying insects can not see it, the unit will not be fully effective.

The unit should not be sited above a food preparation surface, as the intention of the unit is to attract insects away from such areas.