Flies are vexing little creatures. These winged six-legged insects are annoying and really don’t respect personal space!
Be it in your kitchen, restaurant, school space, maybe a canteen or a lab, flies are bound to make you fidget or wave your hands around.
Flies are abundant, vigilant and fast, which makes them difficult to capture compared to other insects. Natural remedies might work to some degree at home but they are not suitable in a commercial environment.
Because flies have compound eyes that are multidirectional and sensitive to the movement of large objects, they are equipped with the ability to detect predators better, and act in self-defence as quickly as possible. Compound eyes are a contributing factor to why you can’t capture a fly even when you’re attempting stealth mode.
Flies act as natural pollinators, and their importance is only second to bees in this regard. They feed on parasites and eggs of other insects like caterpillars and grasshoppers, which would otherwise destroy food crops. Flies also work as scavengers and consume rotting organic matter, thus, playing a passive role in waste management.
Besides being annoying, flies have some severe detrimental effects on human life. Flies breed and nest in dung, decaying material, or open wounds of mammals and these sites have no scarcity of harmful microorganisms. You really don’t want flies inside and sitting on your dinner. Flies can spread diseases including food poisoning, cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery, tuberculosis, eye infections and a tropical infection called yaws. Managing flies near and inside your home, café, restaurant or food preparation area is crucial.
There are a number of ways to keep flies at bay.
At home, you can experiment with remedies like planting herbs and fragrant flowers or brewing a simple formula using vinegar and dishwashing soap. These remedies can be effective against scattered incidences of fly infestation and smaller swarms.
When the infestation becomes a constant problem, where you’re encountering multiple flies at a time in different intervals, a better option to consider is setting up indoor fly traps. Below we explore the pros and cons of the 4 main types of fly and insect traps.
Sticky Fly Trap
Sticky fly traps are perhaps the most basic fly traps available. They are made out of sticky paper, and the stickiness is the product of either artificial fragrance or poisonous substances. They are basically like glued paper, but for flies. These fly traps can be set up both indoors and outdoors fairly easily.
Electronic zappers rely on electrocution to kill insects which produces unwanted outcomes:
- Many insects shatter on contact with the electrically charged grid, sending bits of insect flying in all directions and possibly falling into and contaminating food
- Insects caught on the electronic grid burn and produce unpleasant smells
- Regular cleaning can also be a time consuming and distasteful process to remove the dead insects.
Electric Fly Trap or Light Traps
Electric fly traps are a more modern take on a regular fly trap. These fly traps lure flies using light. Then, when the flies take the bait and get close to the machine, they are either electrocuted or trapped based on the type of electric fly trap you have installed.
The EnviroBug Commercial-Grade Fly and Insect Traps
The EnviroBug electronically operated traps are wall mounted and use a combination of LED UV Light and discrete hidden glue board inserts to lure and trap flies and other flying insects on sticky glue board which can be regularly replaced. To clean our insect traps, simply switch off the unit, remove the magnetically held cover, and replace the glue board. Place the cover back on and switched the trap on.
EnviroBug fly and insect traps are commercially appropriate and are installed in many IGA stores, delis, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, food and beverage kitchens and outlets. They are reliable, efficient and cost effective.
Flies come with health hazards, so it is important to manage fly infestations inside and outside your house. Some preventive measures you can take include keeping your house clean, getting rid of food waste and covering rubbish. However, when the infestation are too much, or you’re in a commercial environment, fly traps are an efficient way to eliminate flies in your house.