Fly Killer Guide For Commercial Kitchens

Why do I need a fly killer in my commercial kitchen?

According to the "Food Hygiene Regulations 2006", it is a legal requirement for a business to implement a food hygiene plan based on the HACCP principles.

This means that all businesses who manufacture, prepare and stored food are required to have appropriate fly killer, screen and doors in place to protect the food.


How do fly killers work?

Flies are attracted to the UV light emitted by the bulbs / tubes and are either zapped by the killing grid or get stuck to a Glueboards.

There are 3 types if fly killers:

Electric Fly Killers

Flies are attracted by the UV tubes and are zapped by a high voltage and caught in a tray.          

Glueboard Fly Killers

Flies are attracted by the UV tubes and the pheromone impregnated glueboards and get stuck to the sticky surface.

Decorative Fly Killers

Are the same as glueboard fly killer but are used in front of house situations as they are more discrete and stylish.

Which fly killer do I need?

How to position your fly killer

Every application is unique, so each situation requires an individual assessment for fly killer siting, however there are some basic principles that should be followed:

  1. Consider the size of the area you wish to cover and choose a fly killer with appropriate coverage. If required use multiple units for large rooms.
  2. Install electric fly killers away from sources of light competition, such as windows doors and high-powered lights. Otherwise the effectiveness of the UV tubes will be significantly reduced.
  3. Wherever possible position them at a 90-degree angle to light sources.
  4. Consider sources of heat and airflow, such as heater or AC units.
  5. Do not install electric fly killers above sensitive areas such as food preparation areas as the flies could fall onto the food. Glue board Fly Killers should be used in these areas as the flies stick to them.
  6. Consider access for installation and future servicing.
  7. Position your units between potential entry points to intercept flying insects before they reach sensitive areas.
  8. The optimum height to position the unit for most flying insects is 2m, do not site much higher or lower than this.

Replacement Tubes & Glueboards

Glueboards - Need to be changed every six weeks dependent on insect activity. They may need to be changed sooner than this in peak insect season.

UV Tubes - Need to be changed every 12 months (use dependent). They will continue to glow indefinitely, however after approximately 8,000 hours the amount of useful UV emitted drops to a level where it is no longer attractive to flying insects.

Tubes come in a shatterproof option which ensures that glass shards are contains if the tube is damaged. These are essential for areas that operate a glass free policy.

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