Thursday, April 11, 2013

How to Install Horse Fly Trap

Fig.1 Top of fly container
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools: 
Clothe metal hanger (one for each bag)
Electrical wire tie (one for each bag)
Fly trap 
Ladder 4-foot
Measuring 4-cup
White electrical ties 

Dr. James lives in Blythe, Riverside. Known as one of the many rural sites in Riverside County. His house is near many agricultural and livestock farms. One of the many pest they endure transferred from these farm is the common horse fly. According to the University of Rhode Island Green Share Fact sheets states "The horse fly can range from 20 mm (3/4 inch) to more than 25 mm (1 inch) in length. The antennae of horse flies are thick and lengthen into 5 thinner segments. Their  wings are usually clear or completely dark. The horse fly have short tongued species of horse flies use their knife-like mandibles to rip and/or slice flesh apart. Only female horse flies feed on blood. These flies are vicious, painful biters which feed on the blood of cattle, horses, mules, hogs, dogs, deer and other mammals, including humans."

This post shows the thirteen steps to installing a outdoor fly trap in your patio area.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the top of the fly trap container. Presently the package is sealed, the package has this horrible smelling chemicals inside to draw flies inside. Caution if bag breaks or if the package leaks on you, the flies will swarm around you. 
Step 2: Fig.2 and fig.2a shows the scissors needed to cut a round circle around the top of the bag. Do not cut below the dotted lines otherwise it will damage the bag. The yellow flange is just big enough to hang from the cut hole, if the hole is bigger than the flange, the flange might push out and the bag would be useless. If the bag fails and falls all over the patio it will send all the contents and dead flies from the bag and bring in more flies to your home, and the patio area.  

Fig.2 Scissors
Fig.2a Scissors cut 
yellow flange out

Step 3: Fig.3 shows the yellow plastic flange starting to come out of the bag. 
Fig.3 Flange

Step 4: Fig.4 shows the yellow plastic flange completely out of the bag.
Fig.4 Plastic flange
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the placing the metal wire hanger to see if it will fit inside the white electrical ties. The tie is in a circle.
Fig.5 Used wire hanger
Step 6: Fig.6
shows the yellow water fill line. Notice the white area below, this area show a visual direction on how to install the fly trap bag.
Fig.7 Directions on bag

Step 8: Fig.7 shows how to remove the yellow flange.

Fig.7 Directions for flange
Step 9: Fig.8 shows to pour in water into the bag and hang it upwards.
Fig.8 Directions for water
Step 10: Fig.9 shows push it in when filled with flies and toss the bag into the trash can.

Fig.9 Full of flies

Step 11: Fig.10 shows the measuring cup that will be used to put in water into the fly trap bag. A water hose sometimes is easier to use to fill the bags.
Fig.10 Four Cup measuring

Step 12: Fig.11 shows the water being filled into the bag. 
Fig.11 pour water

Step 13: Fig.12 and fig.13 shows the fly mixture being mixed with water. The job is done. Two of these were placed in the patio to remove the flies so Dr. James family can enjoy their patio.
Fig.13 Bag ready
Fig.14 Water in the bag

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