On a whim I decided to test out sticky fly paper as a means of dealing with annoying (biting) flies that took over my worm room after bringing in a lot of aged manure. I honestly didn’t think it would work at all. These flies crave blood, not the same smelly stuff that normal house flies are attracted to. Nevertheless, I figured it was worth a shot – my daily fly-swatting missions just didn’t seem to be making a dent in the population, since new ones were emerging from the material constantly.
Let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness of the sticky traps. I set up 4 of them, and within a day or two I was no longer mobbed every time I opened the door. Since then, they almost seem to have disappeared – although judging by the fact that the concentration of flies on the strips has increased, I’m pretty sure they are simply getting trapped shortly after emerging. The ones that are working the best by far are hanging next to a fluorescent bulb that is on all the time. Insects are generally attracted to light, so this is almost certainly the reason behind these ones being so loaded.
Aside from taking care of my manure fly problem, I’ve been really pleased to see that a LOT of gnats are being trapped as well. I’ve been wondering how well the strips would work against fruit flies, but I’m definitely not brave enough to start up my own infestation on purpose.
They should make them with a watermelon odour – I bet that would make for an excellent fruit fly trap!
Anyway, check out the picture below (of one of the traps) and bow down before me…OH MIGHTY KILLER OF THE FLIES!!!!!!!
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