FLYBRELLA describes lightweight inexpensive traps that can be hung like an upside-down umbrella where house flies prefer to rest. It has a perforated transparent tube that house flies were found to enter readily and contains a strip of rapid-acting sugar-based toxicant. An opaque cone is attached under the tube to collect flies that feed, then fall straight down. Paired indoor tests with several attractant materials showed increased proportions of captured flies compared to the large fraction captured by the toxicant strip alone. Variants of this design were tested including a design with two concentric perforated baffles, and another with larger diameter tubing. The baffle with its toxicant strip may be removed and/or easily replaced. These devices are inexpensive, attractive in appearance, unobtrusive and may remain in place indefinitely.
Species 1: Diptera Muscidae Musca domestica (house fly)
Keywords: toxicant, attractant
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