Where and how you position your fly killer can make a significant different in how it performs. Before we think about positioning lets cover the different mounting options available:
The vast majority of our machines are able to be wall mounted and it is often the only option available with some machines, particularly discreet glueboard machines. The advantages of wall
mounting are discretion and safety. The safety aspect is particularly important if the machine is located in an area where children may be present, such as a restaurant or shop. A wall mounted unit can be placed well out of
The downside of a wall mounted unit is that it limits the exposure of the machine by half. UV light is only coming out of one side. However, some machines are designed with this in mind.
Table Top/Counter Top:
Having your machine resting on top of a table, cabinet of shelving is another option. Requires zero installation, is easy to move and do maintenance work. The downsides to not mounting your
machine is that it could be a hazard - especially to children - if it can be reached. It could also be more easily damaged or knocked over.
This is often the most time consuming and fiddly mount to set up and maintain. It’s also the most effective.
Suspending your fly killing machine from the ceiling by chains means the UV light is going to be broadcast far and wide in all directions. This is the mounting option we would recommend
in larger kitchens and any industrial areas.
Positioning Fly Killer Machines
When siting your fly killer machine, you may wish to consider the following points:
1. The machine must be in the line of sight of flying insects. For example, in an L-shaped room, at least 2 fly killers will be required, one for each 'leg' of the 'L'
2. Avoid placing it near 'competing light'; that is bright light sources such as large windows or very bright lights
3. The machine must not be placed above food production areas
4. Consider the IP rating of the machine to ensure that it has sufficient compliance to deal with wet or volatile environments
5. Ensure that the machine is easily accessible so that tasks such as inspections or changing lamps or glue boards can be carried out
6. Many units attract flying insects from both sides. Where this is the case avoid fixing it to a wall as this will considerably reduce the effectiveness of the machine. Instead, where practical, hang the machine using the chains provided.
7. It is best placed as near as possible to 2m (6' 7'') above the ground
8. The machine must have sufficient coverage for the room it is in. Always check the coverage specification against the dimensions of the room. This is always measured as the squared area of the room and not the cubed area (height is disregarded as flying insects usually tend to stay within a limited vertical zone). In order to reach the required coverage, more than one machine maybe required or a more powerful machine (or a mixture of the two)
9. To maximise protection in high risk areas such as a room where there is open food, placing one of more fly killers between the external entrance and the entrance to the high risk area will intercept flying insects before they reach the high risk area
10. Depending on the model, electrical flex will typically be 1.7 metres (67") long. As such, planning for safe electricity supply must be undertaken before the machine can be used. This may require fitting a new mains socket either on a wall or ceiling
11. Consideration must be given to the airflow in order to ensure that insects are not carried away from the machine by air currents. This may particularly apply to air conditioning units or heaters.