Accession Number:

ADA184537

Title:

Operational Testing of Electrocutor Traps for Fly Control in Dining Facilities

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

Testing of electrocutor traps, equipped with ultraviolet lamps, was conducted in two dining halls. Two traps in each facility were turned on during 1 wk, and then off during the next, for an 8-wk period. Insect activity primarily that of muscoid flies was monitored by counting number of specimens collected on flypaper, active insects observed on tables and countertops, and specimens collected in the electrocutor traps. More than 200 house flies, Musca domestica L., were collected in electrocutor traps during each week that traps were operated. Seventy-two percent fewer house flies were observed when traps were on than when traps were off. Populations of other flies and insects were apparently not reduced and even increased in one facility with electrocutors operating. However, as shown by this study, electrocutor traps show promise as pest-management devices in dining facilities.

Subject Categories:

  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Hygiene and Sanitation
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE