Almost everyone has observed insects being attracted to lights at some point or another. Everything from moths to mosquitoes to a wide variety of other flying insects are quickly attracted to lights hanging above doors, in hallways, or even on the other side of a window. Scientists have discovered, however, that not all lights attract as many insects or in the same way. The number of insects attracted depends more on the spectrum of light being emitted by the particular bulb. As LED lights have gained popularity across the country, thanks to their energy conservation and high lighting quality, people have struggled to understand why these particular light sources tend to draw in more bugs than normal bulbs.
The answer is that most LED lights emit a more significant amount of blue light than traditional bulbs—and blue light has been confirmed to attract more bugs. Therefore, the more LED lights in a home or business, the more insects could be lured to the area. Not wanting to get rid of all the environmental and financial benefits LED lights provide, scientists have been working on LED bulb variants that mingle blue, red, white, and green light in the hopes of finding a combination that reduces insect attraction. Until these designs are perfected, there remain a number of ways people can reduce insect presence while still employing green pest control and keeping negative environmental factors under control.
Save Energy with Pest Control
1. Keep the Property Clean
One of the easiest ways to engage in pest control without introducing new toxins or traps to the environment is to keep the area clean of garbage, dirt, and clutter. All of these attract insects as potential food sources and hiding places, and eliminating them can make the area less conducive to pest populations.
2. Use Vacuum Cleaners
If insects are bothering you, whether at your home or office building, consider using a vacuum cleaner to suck them up. The vacuum bag will contain them and can be thrown away once full, plus you can get some general cleaning done while hunting down insects in the first place.
3. Seal Your Property
Insects, rodents, and other pests can slip through the smallest holes and cracks into your property. Rather than disperse pesticides and insecticides across the area, consider making the effort to find and repair any openings in the walls, doors, and windows to prevent insect ingress.
4. Employ Traps
Bug and rodent traps are commonly available and are available in both lethal and non-lethal forms. Setting up traps around a property can quickly reduce pest presence, if not eliminate entire populations over time, without requiring any extra energy or effort beyond the initial installment.
Contact OmniShield today to learn more about managing insect populations in your area.