Easily recognised by their glowing green light, Synergetic® tubes have been developed to attract a much wider range of flying insects than traditional blue ultraviolet lamps.
Based upon a unique phosphor mix, patented technology ensures that a broader ‘two peak’ wavelength is maintained (368nm and 540nm) attracting a wide range of insects including stored product moths, whilst attracting the common housefly as effectively as traditional blue UV tubes, giving you the best of both UV technologies.
Insect-O-Cutor fly killers are fitted with the patented Synergetic Green lamp which combines two attractant phosphors to provide these important benefits:
- Catches common House flies, Blow flies and Fruit flies 30% faster than traditional UVA lamps (which appears blue to the human eye)
- Attracts a broader range of insects, including stored product moths, where lamps with only UVA light are less effective
- Keeps on working longer because the green light phosphor hardly ever degrades, unlike UVA lamps which lose up to 40% of their power after 6 months.
Figure 1 (above) shows the two wave length peaks for UVA-Green light
Figure 2 (above) shows the degradation of the UVA phosphor decreasing to output of 30% over 12 months and the green phosphor decreasing to output of 95% over the same period. (Based on tests by Insect-O-Matic and manufacturer’s information.)
Extensive testing has been carried out over many years by independent entomologists and test laboratories, showing the benefits of green light in combination with UV.
Common house flies, blow flies and fruit flies are more attracted to a combination of UVA and Green light.(Based on independent tests carried out by the Medical Entomology Centre at Cambridge in 1994).
A wide diversity of insects were shown to be more attracted to Synergetic® light, including greenhouse whiteflies, silverleaf whiteflies, thrips, leafhoppers, Indian meal moths, Mediterranean flour moths, tropical warehouse moths, warehouse moths, plus many more!
Did you know?
Many insect pests of public health, stored product and agricultural importance have evolved visual pigments which allow them to perceive green light.
Recordings of electroretinograms in housefly eyes found peaks in both UV (340-365nm) and blue green (450-550nm) with similar sensitivities found in other Diptera eg. Calliphora vicina Meig, Haematobia irritans L., Musca autumnalis De Geer, Stamoxys calcitrans L., Glossina morsitans morsitans, Westwood., and Fannia canicularis L., as well as the mosquito Aedes aegypti (323-345nm and 523nm)11. Several Tabanid species were also found to have a peak activity of 400-600nm12.