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Fly Lights: The Easy Way To Do Fly Control

posted this on May 5, 2017


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If you’ve dealt with infestations of flies in the past, you would know that fly control is not the smoothest job to successfully pull off.


Getting rid of flies involves investigating what the fly attraction source is, carefully sanitizing the active area, applying fly control pesticides and preventative and exclusion measures.


Unfortunately, not everyone has the energy or time to conduct that kind of DIY fly control. So if you have a fly problem but can’t spare the sweat and hours to kill those pesky flies off, what do you do? Solutions Pest & Lawn has the hookup, literally, in the form of fly lights for effective fly control.


Fly lights are an excellent method of fly control and a  safe, low-key and low-effort alternative to applying fly control insecticides because flies (and other light-loving bugs) can’t resist the glow they bring.


Why Fly Lights are Ideal for Homes and Businesses

No matter the type, flies are always a nuisance. Houseflies specifically can be a troublesome problem, especially when they are present in restaurants and businesses where they can bother customers and ruin a dining experience.

In these sort of situations, insecticides are not always the best choice to perform fly control. It is common knowledge that flies and various other insects are not able to resist the allure of light, so by utilizing a brilliant light to lure in flies and a wide variety of other insects indoors and out and combining that light with a sticky trap or glue board, you have yourself the ultimate tool in fly control.

Frequently Asked Questions about Using Fly Lights for Fly Controldead flies courtesy of fly lights

What is an Ultraviolet Fly Light trap?

An Ultraviolet (or UV) fly Light Trap is a trap specifically designed for fly control which harnesses the power of ultraviolet rays to lures and captures flies and other unsuspecting flying insects. This eliminates the need for the usage of potentially harmful and toxic chemicals and the labor involved in applying such insecticides

In What Situations is a UV Fly Light Trap most Useful?

UV Fly Lights and traps are most useful settings and scenarios where using conventional fly control insecticides or pesticides would not be appropriate, or when it is preferred to conduct fly control that is more discreet and low-profile, for instance, in kitchens, restaurants or storefronts.

How Do Fly Lights Work So Effectively?

Depending on the insect, there are different wavelengths of light which attract a particular insect. However perhaps the most common light which a large number of insects readily are drawn towards lights which emit fluorescent UV rays.

The lights serve as an attractant and are set up usually to have glueboards attached to them which act as sticky traps that will capture the flies when they get close enough. While you can certainly use fly glue boards and traps on their own to capture flies, the addition of a fly light will significantly increase your ability to catch flies with glue traps.

Are Fly Lights the Same as Those Bug Zapper Things?

Many people associate fly lights with bug zappers but they aren’t necessarily the same thing. There are two general types of fly lights which are used for fly control: 

1) Fly lights that have bug zappers installed. These fly lights lure flies in with the attractive UV rays and once within the vicinity of the zapper, the flies are electrocuted, which usually makes a distinct “ZAP!” noise.

These zappers are usually inappropriate for residential areas, businesses or food preparation area and can actually be a hazard in some cases. Typically Fly lights with zappers are used in warehouses where there is lots of open space.

2) Fly lights which use glue boards.  The fly control traps also attract flies using ultraviolet light, but rather than being zapped to smithereens, the fly finds itself stuck on a removable glue strip or glueboard. These Glue strips often also have pheromones added which attract pesky flies even more than with light alone. This model is appropriate for most public and food settings because they are often seen as decorative and are not an eyesore.

No zapping means no disturbing noises and no fly body parts falling into food (if placed in a restaurant or dining area)

Fly Light Placement

If you are considering buying fly lights as part of your fly control efforts, there are a few things you must consider when choosing the type of fly light you wish to own and where to place it. At Solutions Pest & Lawn is primarily carry fly lights with the glue strip means of fly control rather than bug zapping.

We personally feel fly traps are better in most situations because bug zappers have a reputation for malfunctioning or for electrocuting bugs to the point that they explode and even have potential to start fires. Below you will find some placement tips for fly lights.

  • When placing fly lights indoors, hang fly lights in areas where they cannot be seen by outdoor flies. This will attract insects to come towards your windows.

  • Hang fly lights at least six feet off the floor (or closer to the floor than the ceiling) Flies have a tendency to fly lower to the ground rather than high towards the ceiling.

  • Place the light about fifteen feet away from doors and hallways (essentially in the middle of a room) so bugs will be attracted to one area and won’t be as likely to fly around the whole home or building.

  • Never place these lights near areas where food is prepared or processed.

  • Check and clean traps often, replacing full sticky traps to allow the light to do its job.

Fly Light Maintenance and Usage Tips

When installing a fly light be sure to install it away from sensitive areas.  This will help keep flies from being drawn toward areas where they could be a bother to customers or contaminate food.

It is important to perform regular maintenance on your fly light trap. These are the general guidelines that should be followed:

  • Fly replacement glue boards should be checked on a weekly basis. Glue boards that are dirty of have collected dust or are full of flies are ineffective and should be replaced.

  • Replace the light bulbs every 6 to 8 months, since the dimmer the bulbs are the less effective they will be. Keep in mind that a large majority of these devices are UV flytraps, but also black light traps and fluorescent light traps, so make sure you get the correct light bulbs. Spring is usually the ideal time for a replacement since it is right before fly season when flies are most active.

While fly light traps are a good form of fly control it should not be depended upon alone if you want to completely eliminate fly problems. It is merely a complimentary item to a fly control program which should include inspection, exclusion and good sanitation for the best results and most success.  Failure to include all of the above-mentioned components into your fly management program could lead to an ongoing fly issue and cause unsatisfactory conditions in sensitive areas.

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You can also check out our DIY fly control guide here!

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