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July 16, 2018


Electric Fly Zappers: Why Do We Need Them?

We’ve talked a lot about flies recently because this hot weather we are currently experiencing in the UK has meant we are seeing a lot more of them. When a fly or other flying insect lands on an unhygienic substance, such as rotten food or other rubbish, it can pick up disease pathogens in its numerous body hairs or through its gut. It then flies away from this disgusting habitat and carries these disease pathogens into our human food chain, by coming into our kitchens and food storage areas and landing on our food.

If a fly manages to land directly on food, cooked or uncooked, then there is a good chance it will contaminate it with the disease-causing pathogen, which may include:

  • Campylobacter (the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK, usually found in chicken)
  • E Coli
  • Meningitis (a recent study in America showed for the first time that common house flies carry bacteria linked to Meningitis)
  • Salmonella
  • Streptococci 

Flying insects are filthy creatures that live, feed and breed in disgusting areas - after all, they are most at home on decaying food and excrement. Their digestive system is also a little disgusting as it does not allow them to eat solid food, and so they vomit on the food to make it edible and then suck it back up again!

Food Hygiene Legislation

When it comes to food businesses and pest control, there are quite a few hygiene laws within the UK including the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006and Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs. The 2006 regulations are based on EU legislation and incorporate many points from previous UK food hygiene and safety acts - such as it being a legal requirement for food businesses to implement a food hygiene plan based on HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) principles. Did you also know that fly screens are a legal requirement for any door or window which opens to the outside? If you take a closer look at Regulation (EC) No 852/2005 of the European Parliament and the Council of 29th April 2004 of the Hygiene of Foodstuffs, you will discover that:

  • Premises and vending machines are to be sited, designed, constructed and kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition to avoid the risk of contamination, in particular by animals and pests.
  • Adequate procedures need to be put in place to control pests
  • Windows which can be opened to the outside environment are, where necessary, to be fitted with an insect-proof screen which can be easily removed for cleaning.

Where is Flying Insect Control Required

Flying insects are obviously a problem, both for businesses and their customers, and are not only an irritant but also unhygienic and disease-carrying as well. The above legislation covers food manufacturing, preparation and storage areas but there are other areas of your business that may benefit from flying insect control and bug zappers, especially those areas that are customer facing as this is where the customer will judge the business on cleanliness and perceived hygiene.   

Electric Fly Killers

We are on a bit of a mission at Strip Curtains Direct to help companies with their pest control, which is why we have introduced a new product line: electronic fly zappers. These are highly efficient at controlling flies, as they use a UV bulb to attract the flies and the fly then gets zapped by the electronic grid and falls onto the easily removable and cleanable tray.

These insect killers work on the premise that insects are attracted to blue ultraviolet light at a UV wavelength of approximately 368 nanometers. The Vermatik fly zappers that we offer all run on low energy bulbs which means that they have low operating costs. The room coverage they offer will vary on the model bought and should be used as a general figure and not an exact quotation. The distance at which an insect responds is not only determined by the lamp type and unit design but also by how many other insects killing devices are in the area as well.  Houseflies have been shown to respond at 10 metres, while some insects don’t respond to bug zappers which are more than 30 metres away.

If you require any further information about our range of electric fly zappers or anything related to insect control, then please call our experts on 0333 999 7171 or drop us an email to sales@stripcurtainsdirect.co.uk