With summer and spring come flies, which often means contaminated food and bug bites. As the weather becomes warmer, more and more houseflies crop up, swarming together, rubbing their segmented limbs together on your meals, and transmitting diseases. This nuisance can turn into a problem, especially outdoors. Your home might be safe to a degree, but during muggy and humid days, these repulsive pests can take over your outdoor living space.
Fortunately, there are a handful of different kinds of outdoor fly traps that you can use to neutralize those pesky unwanted guests. This article will break down a few useful types of fly traps. And also a few safety considerations to help you pick a fly trap that will tackle your exact fly problem. We’ll also cover some of the benefits of using these simple devices.
How do they work?
Even though different outdoor fly traps use varying trapping mechanisms, they stink more often than not. Outdoor traps are built to attract and terminate many flying insects over as large an area as possible. But to attract flies in such numbers, these traps use foul-smelling lures (which house flies are commonly attracted to).
Once the insects find their way inside the trap, they become trapped and eventually die. Some of these products use water reservoirs to drown the flies. The contents can be disposed of, and the trap can be refilled.
Note that this already foul-smelling container becomes truly putrid when thousands of flies’ carcasses start collecting inside it. So to avoid the stench, you’re advised to hang these traps far away from your home. These fly traps are strictly designed for outdoor use and not within your home.
Benefits of Using a Fly Trap
Fly traps are a great way to get rid of flies. They work by attracting flies and trapping them, so you don’t have to worry about spraying chemicals or to use other methods that might harm your family or pets.
Here are some of the benefits of fly traps:
This is because they use a passive method of killing flies. Fly traps are made with a sticky substance that attracts flies when they land on them. When the flies land, they get stuck and die from starvation or dehydration. This means that the fly trap does not need to be cleaned out like other types of fly traps do.
They’re Environmentally Friendly
Fly traps are environmentally friendly because they don’t use any pesticides or chemicals to kill the flies. Instead, they use a combination of organic materials like natural attractants and food that will lure the flies into their trap. This means you don’t have to worry about your family or pets getting poisoned by insecticides if they eat the dead flies in the trap. It also means that the fly trap won’t contaminate the local water supply or cause other environmental problems.
They Are a Safer Alternative to Chemicals
Fly traps are an organic way to keep your home free from pests and other unwanted intruders. They use natural ingredients like water, vinegar, and essential oils to attract and kill insects. They’re also easy to set up if you follow the directions carefully.
They may not be as effective at eliminating pests as chemical-based products. Still, they’re not harmful to humans or pets (and they don’t smell bad!). Plus, they’re an affordable option if you don’t want to pay for expensive pest control services.
They’re Cost Effective
The first reason why fly traps are cost-effective is that they’re reusable. Once you’ve purchased one, you’ll have it for a long time and can use it repeatedly. You don’t have to spend money buying more fly traps every few weeks as you might with other methods of eliminating flies from your home.
They’re Convenient and Easy to Use
You can set up a fly trap in your home or yard and be done with it without having to worry about the hassle of refills or disposing of dead flies. Fly traps are also great for those who don’t have time for regular pest control treatments or don’t want to use insecticides around their children.
You can set up a fly trap in just about any area of your home or yard. You can place them on your countertop, hang them from your ceiling fan, or get creative with how you want to set them up. Once you’ve placed your fly traps in your preferred location, they’ll start attracting flies within minutes!
Different Kinds of Traps
These traps are plastic containers hanging with a rope and holding fly bait to attract air-borne pests. The opening on the top gradually narrows, trapping the insects that fly into the container. The attractant is often either rotten meat or spoiling fruits, hence the stench mentioned above. Some of these traps are designed to become more malodorous as it gets warmer –attracting more flies in the hotter season.
If the outdoor fly infestation isn’t too bad, you can also use odorless bait-based traps. They release a sweet fragrance, attracting fruit flies and house flies. But as you can imagine, they’re hardly as effective because they can’t lure in most species.
Unlike odorous solid-bait containing traps, containers use powdered-bait mixed with water. The liquid bait is used to drown the pests. You can find both disposable and reusable variants. As the name implies, disposable traps will be discarded once used to their capacity. They’re more sanitary than their reusable counterparts since you don’t have to handle the flies or the bait directly. Reusable containers are more economical, but emptying and refilling the box’s contents can be unpleasant.
A Few Considerations
A caveat, however, is if you have pets or children in your home, you wouldn’t want to leave them unattended where they can reach the traps. If that is the case, try to find products with non-toxic baits that are equally effective.
You’ll also need to consider the airborne-pest species you aim to exterminate. These products are commonly built to lure house flies. Still, suppose you need to neutralize a specific species or a kind that feeds and nests on a particular source present in your outdoors. In that case, you’ll have to find a trap built to eradicate them.
As a rule of thumb, outdoor traps will last a month and can kill as many as 20,000 flies each. But depending on the season or the frequency of use, you can buy reusable traps that either last a whole season or choose disposable ones if you only need them for a few weeks.
Flies aren’t just a nuisance, they’re also germ vehicles since they thrive on excrement and garbage, and these germ vehicles find their way into your food and skin. But when their number grows into hundreds and thousands in summer, you need an effective way to clear your outdoors of these disgusting pests. Outdoor fly traps are designed for that purpose, making them the ideal solution to any fly problem.