RidMax Fly Trap Bait
What kinds of bait can I use?
One of the greatest features of the Rid-Max Fly Trap is the fact that you can use and experiment with so many different types of bait. We recommend those which are non-toxic, readily available, low cost or absolutely free. These range from simple household food products to natural animal by-products. We have tested a wide range of baits and found that while all were successful in luring flies into the trap, some species of flies are more strongly attracted to certain types of baits than others.
For best results:
• Re-bait your Rid-Max Fly Trap daily with fresh attractant. If using commercial bait, add only as needed.
• There are hundreds of species of flies. Certain species are more (or less) attracted to certain types of baits. You may have to experiment to discover which bait is best suited for the specific types of flies in your area.
Some examples of baits successfully used with the Rid-Max Fly Trap are:
Other tried and recommended baits:
- Animal/Pet droppings:
Listed first because it is effective, free, non-toxic to other animals or wildlife, and in many cases available "fresh" every day. Just a small piece is all that's needed under the trap...using such a small amount works very effectively and is virtually odorless to humans, yet extremely attractive to insects. It is best to remove all other traces of animal/pet droppings, to make the "bait" under the Rid-Max most effective. Works well for all types of flies, especially those which are a nuisance to animals (i.e. dung-flies, bluebottles, horseflies, houseflies), and many other types of crawling and flying insects.
- Raw Meat, Fish scraps:
Works to catch a wide range of fly species, as well as many other crawling and flying insects. An especially effective bait for luring meat-eating flies, bees and wasps.
- Over-ripe fruit scraps:
Works well for many species of flies, wasps and other crawling and flying insects-- especially the fruit eating flies.
- Commercial bait (Fly Trap Bait):
The bait comes packaged as a medium-size plastic bag filled with yeast (tan granules) inside which is a smaller bag containing the catalyst, ammonium carbonate (white powder).
To prepare the bait, pour the yeast and and catalyst into a gallon jug (a plastic milk jug, for example). Add 1/2 gallon of warm water, cap and shake lightly to mix. Leave the cap loose for 4 days, which allows the brew to breathe. Store in a cool, dry, shady or dark place. After several days, add enough warm water to nearly fill the container and shake well to blend. After a few more days, it's ready to use. The longer it sits, the riper it gets.
For best results, add one tablespoon of bait to the bowl every day or every other day. One gallon of bait lasts about 4-6 weeks.
Because dry yeast has a limited shelf life, mix your bait as soon as you receive it, even if you won't be using it immediately. Store the mixture in a cool, dry, dark place. It gets better with age.
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