These Sagebrush Company metal fly traps used in agriculture, food processing, livestock operations, waste management, horse ranches, recreation, and home. This trap is a significant step up from the standard Sagebrush Metal Fly Trap! The addition of a bottom screen acts as a lid over the bucket, keeping the liquid bait free from drowning flies, is a real time and bait saver. The traps are of the cone style type or modifications of this basic design. The operation of these traps is a simple process.
In mountainous regions good results catching flies have been observed baiting with salami peels, spoiled shrimp, and canned mackerel. Yellowjackets (sometimes called meat bees) are an easy catch when baiting with meat scraps, chicken bones, or cat food.
Catching flies in the presence of horses or livestock usually requires using commercial baits, such as our Fly Trap Bait. Commercial baits may need to be replaced every 4-6 weeks or so depending on the climate. Baits work best when moist because water mixed with a bait concentrate can produce a large vapor plume. A breezy location also helps draw vapors through the Exclusion Screen.
The Exclusion Screen forms a cover for the bucket to keep the flies out of the bait. Even though the flies cannot access the bait, the smell attracts them to the trap. It can also be placed on the ground over a bait and loose soil can be piled up around the edge of the trap to seal the flies out.
I've had this for less than a week, and the difference it has made is astounding. It has caught hundreds of flies! I have it just outside my chicken run.
I chose this over the prettier, wooden one because I want one that will really last, and the screw-on system for the top of the wooden fly trap seemed it would not last more than a year or two. So far, I am not disappointed.