If you live within striking distance of cattle, dog kennels or horse stables, you’ve probably struggled with “visitor flies.” Regardless of how perfectly maintained your property is, some flies just want to hop the fence and see what goodies you might have stashed in your garbage, yard or swimming pool. The more nearby livestock you’ve got, the bigger the potential for problems. But, regardless of the depth of the problem, we’ve got suggestions that could turn you into a steam rolling fly killer.
Truly knowing how to get rid of flies, using organic fly control methods simply requires that you have the right tools. Of course, we can never encourage faultless sanitation routines enough, but even the most pristine property can be savaged by flies if you’re not prepared. While today’s article is focused on fly traps, we also want to encourage you to do your due diligence and learn about poisonous bait traps as well as beneficial insects such as flying wasps. Used in conjunction with fly traps, these fly fighting weapons can help turn a fly war zone into a pest free détente.
Without visitor flies to deal with, controlling flies would be fairly simple. However, your neighbor’s flies can be a catalyst for a serious fly infestation, so, you’ve got to learn everything about fly control that you can. You can no longer rely on just homemade fly trap solutions. The days of insect repellent, exterminators, fumigation and insecticides may be going the way of the buffalo, as entities like the EPA do more to discourage the use of toxic chemicals. Utilizing these, “best practice,” fly-fighting strategies should help you get a leg up on the problem, quickly.
How to pick the best kind of fly trap for your situation.
It takes a variety of fly trap products to really bring the flies to heel. The following are recommended for people dealing with surrounding livestock problems who are desperate to become fly killer experts:
1. Odor Traps For House Flies
2. Sticky Traps for House Flies
3. Biting Stable Fly Trap
Traps used to capture houseflies fall into two basic categories, i.e., Scent Lures & Sticky Traps. The best scent lures utilize a variety of “attractants.” These are odors specifically designed to mimic the scents that flies associate with food and sex. Many commercial house fly trap products use a variety of acids, feeding stimulants and sex pheromones to create odors that house flies cannot resist. Once the fly ventures into the trap, it’s almost impossible for it to escape.
Sticky traps lure flies through an informed combination of strategic placement and visual cues. These cues include the color yellow and bright, flat surfaces.
Biting Stable Fly Traps rely on truly ingenious visual cues to capture the biting fly’s attention. Thinking it has chanced upon a worthwhile mammal victim, the fly is lured into a cylinder that it can rarely escape from.
Now, it’s important to place odor traps away from your house or animals, otherwise you’ll end up drawing the pests to the very place you want to rid them from, most. The idea is to make sure there are never flies in the house, let alone near your animals. Same idea with biting stable fly traps. The placement of sticky fly traps, however, can be outside your home, your pet’s kennels and everywhere that flies are hanging around.
Choosing the correct fly traps for the right pest takes a bit of analysis. First, you must understand which insects you’re dealing with. Then, which fly traps to use and a bit of fly biology to help you keep your fly trap strategies on target.
Distinguishing One Flying Pest From The Next.
Common houseflies are roughly 1/4″ in length. Their mouths are designed to lap up liquids around an animal’s eyes, nose, mouth and, what have you.
While they do resemble houseflies, somewhat, biting stable flies use their needle-like mouths to bite. And, they are notoriously, relentless.
Horse & Deer Flies
Members of the same Tabanidae species, Deer Flies are about 1/2″ long while horse flies are about 3/4″ in length.
Known to plague dairies and cattle ranches, horn flies can also be found harassing mules, dogs, horses, goats & sheep. They become a perpetual nightmare for their host, alternating between the animal’s stomach and back.
If you’re plagued by mosquitoes during daylight hours, you’ve probably got floodwater mosquitoes. The mosquitoes that attack during the evening and earliest morning hours are Semi-Permanent.
Regardless of whether you’re keen to understand how to get rid of flies in the house, concerned about having to fight a fly infestation or you’re living within striking distance of, or even on a barn, dairy or breeding operation, these tips should get you on track for successfully controlling flies.
Once you’ve got your flying pests under control, you may want to drop by your neighbor’s property to gently drop some hints about organic pest control. Invite them over and let them see just how fly free your establishment is.