One of the concerns in restaurants is mosquitoes. Not only are they very bothersome pests, but they also carry diseases that are harmful to humans. Restaurants, especially those with outdoor dining areas and those located in tropical areas, should have to have insect killing lights or insect light traps.
Insect killing lights offer a lot of benefits to restaurants. One, it is a very effective method that can be used against mosquitoes. The ultraviolet light that these units emit attract mosquitoes, and when they touch the electric grid that covers the light source, the mosquitoes get electrocuted and instantly die. Two, insect killing lights are also very safe. The electric grid is covered by a safety cover that protects humans as well as pets from getting into contact with the electric grid. The safety cover though allows mosquitoes as well as small insects and flies to pass through. Three, insect killing lights are better than glue strips. With glue strips, you have to replace them frequently, but with insect killing lights, you only have to clean the unit. Plus, insect killing lights also lasts a lot longer than glue strips and needs less maintenance.
The dead insects like mosquitoes, bugs, and flies drop to the collection pan, and the kitchen steward has to regularly dispose of the dead insects to comply with health and safety policies and regulations of the restaurant. Aside from this, the kitchen steward also has to clean the unit just as regularly. Not only does a clean insect killing light function properly and effectively, but is also lessens the occurrence of accidents.
So, what is the right procedure in cleaning insect killing lights?
The things that the kitchen steward will need in cleaning insect killing lights are clean cloth as well as a bucket. He will also need a ladder to safely reach hanging insect killing lights.
The first thing that he has to do is to prop the ladder open, making sure that the ladder is not only stable but firm as well. Next, he should then switch off the unit and then unplug it from the socket.
In cleaning the insect killing light, the kitchen steward first has to open the safety cover and brush away the dead insects still clinging on the electric grid. Once done, he then has to pour a little cleaning solution into the bucket containing water, and with the clean cloth, he then has to clean the unit, making sure that he cleans not only the safety cover but also the electric grid and the light. He has to make sure though that he is very careful in cleaning the light and the electric grid. After cleaning the unit, he can then clean the collecting tray, making sure that he gets rid of any dead insects.
With a dry cloth, the kitchen steward then has to wipe dry the unit, making sure to wipe all the areas dry, especially the light itself and the electric grid. The kitchen steward also has to wipe dry the collecting tray. After this is done, he can then return the tray back into its original position and close the safety cover.
Last, he then has to make sure that the light is still working by switching on the main switch of the unit.
Once the process of cleaning the insect killing light is done, he has to switch the unit off and then return the unit back to its original place before switching it back on.
Of course, the kitchen steward also has to clean the place up where he cleaned the insect killing light. He has to sweep off any dirt and dead insects from the floor and then wipe off any water spills on the floor.