Guide to Electric Insect Systems or Insectocutors

Insects left unchecked and given a conducive environment can multiply rapidly in little time. Besides being a nuisance, some insects can also pose a health risk in commercial kitchens.

  • The presence of flies indicates low levels of hygiene and can damage the reputation of an eating establishment. In addition, restaurant owners may lose their licenses for not complying with health and safety regulations.
  • Some insects can cause direct bodily harm through bites.

Insectocutors have proven to be the most reliable way of dealing with flying insects. Alternatively known as electric insect control systems, these are devices designed that attract and kill insects by means of electrocution.

How Do Insectocutors Work?

Electric insect control systems are designed to attract insects using ultraviolet light and kill them by electrocution. Ultraviolet light (blacklight) is invisible to humans. However, insects have numerous and sensitive photoreceptor cells that are can pick up the light.

Their ability to detect blacklight and their innate phototactic tendencies are what make electrocutors effective. The UV light draws them in and to get to it they must go through an electrified mesh. These devices have simple designs that comprise of three following parts:

  • The exterior casing: This is also referred to as the housing. It is shaped like a lantern and generally made of plastic or electrically grounded metal. This is what provides the structure that keeps everything else in place. For safety reasons they are designed in a way that can prevent children or animals from touching the electrified grids inside.
  • Light source: These are mostly fluorescent bulbs that emit mercury, neon or ultraviolet light.
  • Electrified grid: The light bulbs are surrounded by electrified wire mesh to kill the insects. There are usually two layers of mesh. As the insect tries to crawl through both, it completes the circuit and gets electrocuted.
  • Transformer: This is the part that powers the device. Some transmit up to 2,000 volts to the electrified mesh.

Electric insect control systems are very effective. However, there a few species of insects that are not attracted to ultraviolet light like mosquitoes.

Types of Insectocutors

Die-Pat offers a range of insectocutors combining contemporary design with high specification features. They are available in a range of white, stainless steel or aluminium finishes with a choice of 16w and 30w models.

Premium Insectocutor - Stainless Steel - 16 watt

Premium Insectocutor - Stainless Steel - 16 watt

Part No. DPFK126

View this Insectocutor

 

Premium Insectocutor - Stainless Steel - 30 watt

Premium Insectocutor - Stainless Steel - 30 watt

Part No. DPFK127

View this Insectocutor

 

Economy Insectocutor - Aluminium - 16 watt

Economy Insectocutor - Aluminium - 16 watt

Part No. DPFK121

View this Insectocutor

 

Economy Insectocutor - Aluminium - 30 watt

Economy Insectocutor - Aluminium - 30 watt

Part No. DPFK122

View this Insectocutor

 

Economy Insectocutor - White Powder Coated - 16 watt

Economy Insectocutor - White Powder Coated - 16 watt

Part No. DPFK123

View this Insectocutor

 

Things To Consider When Positioning Your Insectocutor

The only thing left after purchasing your device is installing it. For safety reasons and to get maximum protection, you must be mindful of where you position it.

1. Install the unit away from other light sources

The basic concept behind these devices is using light to bait insects. You want it to be the only thing attracting bugs. Placing the device near competing light sources will reduce its effectiveness.

2. The device should not face entry points

The purpose of installing an electric insect control system in a commercial establishemnt is to kill insects inside the premesis. The light they produce should only be visible inside and they should be placed between entry points so that they can intercept bugs before they reach sensitive areas.

3. Take advantage of heat sources

Insects are also attracted to heat sources, especially at night. You can take advantage and place the device near equipment that emit heat.

4. Do not position the device directly above foor prep

If placed above a food prep area, debris may fall from system.

5. Find the perfect spot

The ideal position should be at least two meters off the ground and easily accessible for maintenance. Near entrances, but not in entry points

You should choose one that suits your requirements and will be effective for the space you need it to cover.

Why Should you Use an Insectocutor?

1. Has no impact on the environment

Unlike insecticides, these devices do not use chemicals. Chemicals can have an adverse effect on the environment and can find their way into the soil and water sources.

2. They’re more effective

Based on the sheer number of insects killed, electric insect control systems are by far the most effective method of dealing with flying insects. They also work on an array of insect species.

As far as getting rid of insects is concerned, electric insect control systems check all the right boxes. They get the job done better than the alternatives and are better for the environment.

Further Information...

Find out more about us and our products by calling us on 01327 311144 or emailing us at sales@die-pat.co.uk

What is the difference between Jacketed and Non-Jacketed Heat Lamps?

Commercial heat lamps are energy efficient, infrared and designed to produce more heat than light. Jacketed Heat Lamps Die-Pat’s jacketed heat lamps are fitted with an outer quartz glass... > More

What is the difference between 304 and 430 stainless steel?

There are many grades of stainless steel available, each offering their own unique characteristics for specific applications. However, the two most common grades are 304 and 430. 304 is... > More

How do I measure for a baffle grease filter?

Filters must be installed with baffles running in the vertical (top to bottom) position so the grease will run down to the grease trough in the hood. Standard sizes are ordered with the vertical (top... > More