Evaluation of Commercial and Field-Expedient Baited Traps for House Flies, Musca domestica L. (Diptera: Muscidae)
AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE GAINESVILLE FL CENTER FOR MEDICAL AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY ENTOMOLOGY
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A comparison of nine commercial baited fly traps on Florida dairy farms demonstrated that Terminator traps collected significantly more 13,323trap house flies Musca domestica L. than the others tested. Final Flight, Fly Magnet, and FliesBeGone traps collected intermediate numbers of flies 834-2,166, and relatively few were caught with ISCA, Advantage, Fermone Big Boy, Squeeze Snap, or OakStump traps 300. Terminator traps collected about twice as many flies 799.8trap as FliesBeGone traps 343.8 when each trap was baited with its respective attractant, but when the attractants were switched between the two trap types, collections were significantly lower 77-108 than was observed with traps baited with their respective attractant. Solutions of molasses were significantly more attractive to house flies than honey, maple syrup, or jaggery date palm sugar. Field-expedient traps constructed from discarded PET water bottles were much less effective than commercial traps, but painting the tops of such traps with black spray paint resulted in a six-fold increase in trap capture.
- Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine