Kitchen lamps as a cause of mortality for urban insects


mortality of urban insects
harmful cooking oil fumes
insects in cities

How to Cite

Monge-Nájera, J. (2018). Kitchen lamps as a cause of mortality for urban insects. UNED Research Journal, 10.


Fluorescent lamps in kitchens accumulate grease from cooking oil fumes and become traps for insects, particularly dipterans. New smaller lamps may be less harmful for urban insect populations.


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