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Placing Fly Traps

A List Of Don'ts

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  • Do not use ceiling-hung flytraps in food processing areas. Use only low, wall mounted, professional flytraps at low height. And, keep them at least 5ft. (FDA Interpretation) away from open product. Where reasonable, considering all factors, including overall effectiveness, a 10, 20, or perhaps even 30 ft. distance may not be a bad idea. Though our traps are escape-resistant (designed to retain the insect within the device); lightweight insect fragments can, on occasion, bounce or be blown out of any flytrap (including glueboards, especially when servicing boards that may have dried out). However, try not let "Chicken Little" freak you out.
  • Do not use light traps where their attractant light shines directly out glass doors or doors to be open after dusk. Outside insects can be attracted in.
  • Do not forget ADA Guidelines when installing flytraps.
  • Do not use any electric flytraps in explosion sensitive areas. See the National Electric Code.
    Remember that UV from flytraps can color-fade wall paper, carpet, fabrics, etc.
  • Do not place flytraps in direct sunlight. Sunlight contains all the wavelengths of energy that both humans and insects see as light, including the wavelengths that attract insects to flytraps. This does not mean that the darkest spot in the room is always the best place for a light trap.
  • Do not place UV light traps of any kind so that employees are required to work continuously in close eye level proximity (i.e. over a sink or table where an employee would be stationed continuously within one meter).
  • Do not overestimate the ability of light meters; especially, cheap, little ones. If properly used (and that's the crux of the matter); they can distinguish an old lamp from a new one, but "if" and only "if" comparing the exact same brand and model of lamp. METERS ARE NOT FLIES! They cannot evaluate trap designs, the comparative effectiveness of different lamps, or shatter-proof coatings. Only good, honest research with insects can do that. Seen any?
  • Study

Learn as much as you can about the nature and habits of flying insects. Be aware of the effect odor, temperature, wind and light have on them. Use all preventative procedures to keep the number of flying insects in your facility to a minimum. Pro flytraps are one tool!