Ultraviolet Fly Trap Problems
Customers will occasionally comment that their ultraviolet trap (used for trapping fruit flies, house flies and other indoor flying insects) are not performing as well as expected. In almost every case, with a little investigating, the problems can be resolved.
There are several things to look at to determine the problem. The first, of course, is the type of trap purchased. When a fly trap is purchased is too small for the job it simply cannot keep up with demand. On the other hand, a trap that is too large for the fly infested area can also be a problem. Too much ultraviolet light and/or fly pheromones in an area will simply result in over-kill. More is not always better!
Fly Trap Coverage
A good example of too much UV power in an area would
be to examine the capabilities of the Flytrap
Professional, a very powerful
lighted fly trap. If an 80 watt unit is used in a small room, the fly
pests will become confused and most likely will not land on the trap's capture
pad, unless they just get unlucky. Ultraviolet light (UV rays) give certain
flying insects a sense that flying towards the light is the path of least
resistance and, therefore, the easiest and most pleasant direction to fly.
Too Much Pest Pheromone In Treatment Area
Pheromones (such as those impregnated on Flytrap Professional capture pads and non-lighted fly traps such as the Gold Stick) can also be overused. Professional clothes moth traps and flour moth traps also contain powerful pheromones to attract a targeted pest. When flies (or other pests) sense the pheromone attractant and they can easily fly towards the source, traps will work as designed. But, when too many traps are used in a small area fruit flies or moths can be confused. When a room (or area) is totally filled with pheromones, the flying pests do not know where to go; they simply fly around in a frenzy while hoping to locate the source of the attractant. Again, more is not better.
UV Bulb Maintenance
The light bulbs in a lighted fly trap must be
in perfect working condition to give desired results. The UV ray used to
attract and capture flies or flying insects is precise. Always use the
correct bulb for each unit. As fly trap lights age, the "wave"
of UV can deteriorate. When this happens, flies will not be as attracted
to the trap nearly as well as when the trap was new. Do not throw away the
trap! Simply purchase replacement bulbs to take your fly trap back up to
Traps that utilize several bulbs will not perform as expected if one or more of the bulbs burn out or are accidentally broken. If your trap is designed for four bulbs, do not expect to control pests with only two or three bulbs!
Competing Light Sources
If ultraviolet fly trap (lighted fly trap) is in use in a restaurant or resort kitchen that never closes, flies will eventually be attracted to the trap but not as quickly as a commercial kitchen that is closed during nights and/or weekends.
In areas that are constantly lighted, a lighted fly trap is not as desirable target as a trap that is the only light source in the area. It would not be rational to insist that fly traps be the sole light source in infested rooms, but this does help convey the message that well-lit areas will not have the same fly control as areas that have no competing light sources during at least a few hours every day.
Hospitals and other buildings that are in constant operation or are open on a 24 hour/ 7 day schedule can still reach an acceptable level in fly control - it will just take a longer time to achieve goals.
You would think that this problem would be simple for
the consumer to spot but surprisingly, we run into many customers with this
problem. Fly overload simply means that there are too many flies in the
area, resulting in trap capture pads needing replacement too often and a failure
to control flies in the area.
The fix for fly overload problem is simple:
locate the source of the fly population and do something to eliminate or reduce
the actual breeding, feeding and influx of flies.
When delivery doors (in restaurants, hospitals, etc.) are constantly left wide open, more flies will indeed enter the building. If nearby garbage cans, dumpsters or other receptacles are not cleaned on a regular basis and functioning lids are not being used, there will be more flies to control. Trash receptacles that are not in good working order, are not emptied in a timely manner or are otherwise a fly magnet are being used, it is not the fault of your fly trap if it cannot keep up with the number of flies entering the building.
Remember the rules
of indoor fly control: What kind of flies are the targeted pest?
Identify the pest! What is the source of the fly's feeding and breeding
material? (Different fly species will feed on different sources; not all
flies are attracted to household garbage.) Eliminate or reduce the source and most of your fly problems
will probably be solved, requiring fewer lighted fly traps and less maintenance
for your traps.
When you first use your trap you should use the following check list: