IMPORTANCE OF UV-A LIGHT TRAPS FOR THE MONITORING AND CONTROL OF FLYING INSECTS IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY

2019-01-30T19:59:37+00:00

UV-A light traps within the wide variety of products offered as solutions for the control of pests in the food industry are of vital importance, considering the strict standards of safety and good manufacturing practices that effectively mimic the use of pesticides, in attention to the contamination risk of the food that is elaborated or processed.

Thus, these products are essential in the programs of Integrated Urban Pest Management (which seek to combine several strategies generating interaction and synergy between them) since they are physical methods that do not contain toxic substances or dangerous agents that could contaminate any process of food production, and that help in an important way to comply with the HACCP system, as well as other international food safety standards.

The versatility of these units allows the monitoring of the diversity and abundance of flying insects to assess seasonality, faults in the hermetic windows or doors of the facilities and eventually efficiency of chemical control actions, all with the aim of redirecting Integrated Urban Pest Management strategies, including the design and sanitary maintenance as well as the measures of exclusion and cleaning that contribute with the innocuousness of the foods that are manufactured. Additionally, they favor the control of pests as they capture all the specimens that are attracted by the UV-A radiation, as they get stuck in the glued sheets.

The effectiveness and efficiency of a UV-A light trap is linked to the use of fluorescents with higher production of UV-A radiation, to the design that allows the greater diffusion of radiation, to the short space between the adhesive and the fluorescent sheet to maximize the capture and energy saving in its operation.

In that order of ideas, the UV-A AROD light traps, leader in Latin American in the manufacture and sale of these devices, uses PHILIPS ACTINIC SECURA fluorescents, which produce more UV-A radiation than those of other brands and are shatterproof.

Likewise, the design of the Bugster 60, 30 and 15 models allows a greater diffusion of the radiation and they are very compact to ensure the capture, without losing the touch of elegance and discretion.

Choosing a good brand of UV-A light trap should go hand in hand with proper installation.

To define the places where the equipment must be installed, it is necessary to consider the competition with the natural solar UV-A radiation and the behavior patterns of the pests including the flight ranges.

In this context it is necessary to have a good technical support of adequately trained and prepared personnel to get the most out of these UV-A traps. INREP SAC puts at your disposal its professionals of recognized trajectory to advise and assist customers in the Integrated Management of Urban Pest Control.

Flies and UV-A light equipment

Flying insects, besides being a nuisance, can be a major threat to health. Any insect that enters a dining room, place of food preparation or a hospital room can become highly polluting and therefore, dangerous.

Let’s talk about flies. Flies lick, sting and even suck through their proboscis. They feed on blood, carrion, garbage, fruit and decaying organic material, which makes them great disease vectors. In addition, an average fly can carry up to 1.9 million bacteria in its body, causing food to become unfit for consumption once a fly has contact with it.

How can we capture these insects to keep our spaces healthy?

There are 2 types of traps for flying insects: active and passive. The active ones are those that attract or make the insect fall by means of priming, special mechanisms, UV-A light, etc. Unlike these, passive traps are those where insects fall simply by standing in their way.

UV-A light equipment falls into the category of active traps, as it attracts flying insects through UV-A light radiation.

The spectrum of UV-A light, which is between 350 and 400 Nanometers, is the maximum attraction for insects of positive photosyntaxis such as the fly, and at the same time is a range of UV radiation that does not present any damage or risk to the human being or any other complex organism. This light is imperceptible to the human eye, but it is of great help for the fly and other flying insects as it helps them to guide them in flight.

Once the insects are attracted to the light, most of them remain attached to the sticky sheets of the unit, this is because the head of the flies is composed of hundreds of facets and individual lenses, which allows them to detect the polarization of light and light spectra that humans cannot identify.

An efficient product to capture flies is the Bugster 60, manufactured by the leading company in Latin America AROD. Its 4 PHILIPS ACTINIC SECURA lamps make this unit one of the most powerful in the market for the capture of flying insects.

Besides, it is made of anticorrosive aluminum and not PVC or any other plastic like other brands. This makes it a lightweight, durable, easy to clean and aesthetic looking piece of equipment. Its practical and elegant design makes it adaptable to any space without affecting the image of the business or home.

One of the benefits of capture and not of extermination devices (such as the Bugster 60), is the fact that the flying insects are retained in the trap and are not scattered all over the place. Remember that it is important to take care of the areas where food is being processed, since any distraction could put our health in danger and our clients at risk.