Should I get an Electronic Fly Machine (EFK) for my kitchen or restaurant?

Should I get an Electronic Fly Machine (EFK) for my kitchen or restaurant?

Electronic Fly Machine

The decision to install electronic fly machines in a kitchen to control flies depends on various factors, including the specific context, the level of fly infestation, and the potential benefits and drawbacks of using such devices. Let’s discuss some key points to consider:

1. Hygiene and Food Safety:

Kitchens, especially in restaurants, cafes, and food processing establishments, must maintain high standards of hygiene and food safety. Flies can carry harmful bacteria and pathogens, posing a risk of contamination to food and food preparation surfaces. Electronic fly machines can be a proactive measure to minimise this risk.

2. Effectiveness:

Electronic fly machines can be effective in capturing and killing flies in the immediate vicinity. However, their effectiveness may vary depending on the model, the number of machines installed, and the size of the kitchen.

3. Chemical-Free Option:

Many electronic fly machines use non-toxic methods, such as UV light, adhesive traps, or fans, to catch flies. This can be advantageous for those who prefer chemical-free pest control solutions.

4. Environmentally Friendly: 

Compared to using insecticides or sprays, electronic fly machines can be considered more environmentally friendly since they do not release harmful chemicals into the air.

5. Noise and Aesthetics:

Some electronic fly machines can produce a low-level buzzing noise, which might be a consideration in a quiet kitchen environment. Additionally, the appearance of the machines may need to blend well with the kitchen’s aesthetics.

6. Cost:

The cost of installing electronic fly machines should be taken into account. While initial investment may be required, it can potentially save costs in the long run by reducing the need for pest control treatments or the risk of food contamination. A rough cost is: Kill grid units cost £70 a year to run. LED units with sticky boards are about £20 a year (Jan 2023 prices).

7. Maintenance:

Regular maintenance and cleaning of electronic fly machines are crucial for their optimal functioning. Dust and debris can affect their efficiency, so ensuring proper upkeep is essential.

Tubes should be shatterproof and changed every 12 months, using WEEE disposal system. For sticky board machines, boards should be changed on a regular basis in the summer months, as they fill up with flies. With a service every 3 months, this will keep the machine in excellent and efficient working order all year.

8. Integrated Pest Management (IPM):

Installing electronic fly machines should ideally be part of a comprehensive IPM approach that includes hygiene practices, sealing entry points. Such as using fly screens and chain doors and proper waste management to prevent and control fly infestations effectively. Fly bags around bins can be effective at reducing numbers.

9. Health and Safety Regulations:

Before installing electronic fly machines, it is essential to comply with health and safety regulations and any relevant local or industry-specific guidelines. A suitably qualified electrician should be used to install an EFK. A pest control professional can advise on its best location to install.

10. Alternative Methods:

Besides electronic fly machines, there are other methods to control flies, such as sticky traps, screens on windows and chins on doors, and good hygiene practices. The most appropriate method depends on the unique needs and circumstances of the kitchen.

In conclusion, the decision to fit electronic fly machines in a kitchen should be made after careful consideration of hygiene requirements, effectiveness, cost, environmental impact, and other relevant factors. Consulting with pest control experts can help in determining the most suitable pest management strategy for maintaining a fly-free and hygienic kitchen environment.

Did you know? Discreet fly machines are available for front of house use. Disguised as a light. Sticky boards can be hidden in them for discreet fly control. So your clients are not annoyed by them.

Call us today on 01525 863 951 to discuss your fly issues.