Now is the time to do annual maintenance on your insect electrocutor units. Late winter is the perfect time to check your insect units to make sure they are working properly, and to do an annual bulb change.
Here are two common questions to remember before spring insect hatchings happen:
My lamps are lit, why do I need to change them?
A lamp that is still lit may not be doing the job you need it to. Black light (UV) lamps are most effective when new. They lose their ability to attract insects long before they actually burn out. UV light is invisible and while the lamps remain lit the UV producing phosphor only has an effective life of 7000 hours or about 9 months.
When should I change my bulbs?
It is essential to replace lamps at least annually. Most users choose to change their lamps in the spring, which is the beginning of the insect season. Each lamp comes standard with a year/date label for audit compliance, but also to aid in yearly replacement of lamps.
Take advantage of our Insect-O-Cutor® Sale running until April 30, 2014. Featuring sale pricing on new units with free upgrades to shatterproof bulbs, and on replacement lamps – both Shat-R-Shield® and standard bulbs. For more information, see our Insect-O-Cutor Sale flyer.
Setting up a Preventive Maintenance Program for your insect electrocutors is the best way to ensure that your units are working to their full potential. Ideally, you would choose a month each year for your PM program to be done on the units. It is suggested that this is in the beginning of the year or Spring, with a new insect season.
The PM program should include checking the bulbs for their effectiveness, and making sure there are no other issues with the unit. Fluorescent bulbs that are used in insect electrocutors have an effective life span of 7000 hours or about 9 months. For your convenience, all of our Shat-R-Shield® or Insect-O-Cutor® bulbs come with year labels on them. This aids in your PM program as you are able to tell from a distance what year is labeled on the bulb, and whether it is time to be changed.
Even though a bulb may still be lit, does not mean it is attracting insects, so changing out yearly is recommended. For more information, visit our Learning Center.
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When you hear about pest control in the food industry, one of the most common forms you hear about are insects. Depending on your geographic location, insects can be a problem year round, or rather be an extreme issue in the Spring of the year when the climate is prone to producing the proper temperatures for population growth and potential infestation.
In a recent Food Quality article, Jim Fredericks, PhD does a great job at addressing some of the pests that aren’t as commonly acknowledged. Touching base on pests from cockroaches to stored product pests, Dr. Fredericks discusses the issues associated with these organisms, as well as, ways to detect and control their population. Read the complete article here.
Nelson-Jameson, Inc. is armed with products to control pest problems before they start. From fly and rodent traps to insect electrocutors, we are able to help with your pest control needs. From now until April 30th, we have Insect-O-Cutor® units and replacement bulbs on sale to help protect your plant at a discount! Contact one of our sales team members to determine which unit is right for your needs or view our sales flyer here.