Ultimate Guide on getting the MOST out of The Ranch Fly Trap
Whether you're a first-time buyer or returning customer, remember to take note of all the points we raise on this page so you can get to work on reducing those flies on your property to an absolute minimum!
FINDING THE RIGHT BAIT
From property to property, different baits can have more success than others, meaning it's completely possible for the same bait to work on property (A) but not work on property (B). This is why it's essential to experiment with different baits, and test a variety of (ideally) smelly foods or recipes you think may attract flies away from your animals and into the trap. To do this it's important that the bait is almost repulsive to smell, because this will begin to draw flies.
So what should you use as bait?
Here are a few of the most common baits used by our customers who have had awesome results:
Wet Cat Food - It's no secret that cat food doesn't smell very good, this is what makes it a great starting bait to test because it has a strong, unpleasant smell and is also fairly moist which flies love. We highly recommend 'fancy feast' cat food which you can buy in most pet stores or online, the fishy cat food goes down very well with flies. To make your cat food bait even better, add some beer or milk and let it turn inside the bait bowl.
Fish - Many customers have found success using sardines as bait, once they are outside and exposed to the elements for a little while, they become lovely and stinky, making the trap super appealing to flies. In general, flies are very attracted to the pungent aroma that fish let off, so it's definitely worth testing any fish you have available. Honorable mentions to tuna, kippers, and salmon also. TIP: Once in the open, fish will dry up quickly, so make sure you add some olive oil to the bait bowl or milk or beer.
Feeling creative? - Mix 65% powdered egg or 2 raw eggs with 25% yeast, 15% sodium bicarbonate and then mix with water to make a thick solution. Leave for a couple of days to let it become nice and stinky and you're all set.
POOP! - Pretty gross, but if you live on a ranch with lot's of animals, you'll have this in abundance, so it does make sense to use it. Feel free to add it to any of the above, combinations of every bait we mentioned works great.
NOTE: ALL BAIT MUST BE KEPT MOIST/HYDRATED
Flies thrive off standing, smelly liquid. So make sure your bait is not dry or it will not attract flies.
Again, there is no right answer on what bait to use, but if your bait bowl is not the smelliest or most foul substance/item on your farm then you may be reducing the effectiveness of your Ranch Fly Trap. It's important to remember we are dealing with live creatures here, creatures that are thriving off hanging onto your animals. If the bait bowl isn't smelly enough to draw them from your horse, they will never leave.
Once you hit the sweet spot you will know right away, similar to the snowball effect, flies will be drawn to where other flies are congregating and your trap will be almost full before you know it.
Hanging Your Ranch Fly Trap
Height - The height placement of your Ranch Fly Trap is absolutely vital. The lower you can hang the trap to the ground, the better. Generally, flies always fly, eat, poop, and breed no more than 5ft off the ground. Placing a trap above 5 ft or hanging it off the ceiling of a high barn, for example, will seriously negate the effectiveness of your trap. We've had customers in the past originally hang their fly trap above our recommended maximum of 5ft with no luck but then found instant success after placing it below our guidelines.
Location - The location of your trap must be carefully considered because if the trap is placed in an enclosed area where flies can't access easily then for obvious reasons it won't have any success. Similarly, if you place a trap away from your animals or where there aren't many flies in the area then it would be pretty difficult for your trap to attract those flies that are currently on your animals from a distance. So if you own a horse, for example, we highly recommend placing traps around the paddocks and fences that your horse is grazing in.
Experimentation - Similar to baits, trying different locations is often necessary. There are hundreds of variables that can affect the success of your fly trap. So be sure to move your trap(s) around different locations of your farm to maximize results.
Are you struggling to achieve results with The Ranch Fly Trap?
Our support team is available24/7and want to help you. Please send an email to Support@theranchflytrap.com with the subject 'Talk To An Expert' and a support member who has expertise in trapping flies using The Ranch Fly Trap will assist you as soon as possible.
*Once we receive your email, you may be asked to answer a few questions about what you've tried so far so our expert can offer help where necessary.