How effective are fly traps around the barn?
Well, in a nutshell they are awesome. I have never hung a flytrap and had it remain empty for long. Downside is the smell, and they are not so appealing to look at. But - fly control at the horse barn is a multi pronged approach - you need to attack all stages of the fly life cycle. So you have attacked the source of fly food and egg laying goodness (manure) and provided your horses with a breeze (nature made or fan based!) But you still have flies. So time to work on getting rid of the adults flying around.
A sticky trap version of things.
You can buy fly traps, or you can try your hand at making your own. It’s easy - you only need a few things. A container, some bait (AKA really stinky stuff) and also a place to hang it. Away from the people. A location far away does a few things - keeps the stink from the bait away, and lures the flies away from the horses and you.
40,000 flies is a lot of flies. A LOT.
What you need to make a bottle type fly trap:
-A two liter bottle. You can also make smaller traps with smaller plastic beverage bottles, but then you may just be making more of them more often.
-Some bait. This is what lures your flies to their doom. (Insert ominous music here and also maybe some diabolical laughter). You have a few choices
- Decaying fruits and veggies.
- Manure of some sort. Horse, dog, cat. It may not be effective when dried out.
- A sugar water solution. Add vinegar or not, your choice.
A craft so simple even I can do it.
It’s that simple. The how-to of making your trap:
-Cut your bottle so that you can separate the top from the bottom, about 1/3 of the way down.
-Fill the bottom with your fly bait of choice.
-Put the top into the bottom upside down and secure with tape.
-Hang your trap!
I used old fruit as bait an a bit of string to hang this bad boy.
Do you use fly traps around the barn? Why or why not?