Results for the Flies Away Fly Bait Trap Experiment

July 3, 2010

Freaky, Reviews

From this the first two weeks…

Fly Bait Trap

Looks innocuous enough...

To this last week….

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Um, getting kind of gross now....

To this, THIS week.

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OMG, WHAT IS THAT DISGUSTING FRANKENSTEIN-LOOKING BLACK SCUM IN MY YARD?!

And MAN the thing reeks like you wouldn’t believe! I had to move it far away from the clothesline to the back of the garden. It’s filled with flies, all right… but I do wonder if the thing is exacerbating the problem by encouraging flies to come to the trap and breed like, like.. like flies. …. I don’t know.

We still do have flies in the garage. If you’re wondering what this is all about, check out this post and this post and this post. In a nutshell, I’ve been experimenting with some wacky fly repellent/bait gimmicks. We currently have our kitchen in our garage, because we are renovating the house right now. And the flies are a real pain. They come in through the garage door and are everywhere. I hate them. I can’t seem to find any of those old sticky fly ribbons from the olden days…. so I settled with a weirdo urban-legend trick (didn’t work) and this goofy, expensive gadget that, apparently, works a little TOO well.

The plastic baggy filled with water method was a CROCK. What a joke! Didn’t work. This thing here is a fancy gizmo called the Flies Away Fly Bait Trap (“as seen on TV!”). Here are my thoughts:

    Pros:

  • It certainly does attract the flies. It takes a while to “ripen” but once the thing starts to produce a really strong stench of dead meat (see “Cons” about that), the flies do come.
  • It’s “out there” away from where you’re working.
  • It’s not sticky, like those ribbons that hang down from the ceiling. Ever get one of those caught in your long hair? NOT FUN.
  • It’s better then those dumb plastic baggies filled with water. LOL.
    Cons:

  • It produces a really strong stench of dead meat. :sik: Not recommended if you’re having a garden wedding or a barbeque….
  • It looks as disgusting as it smells.
  • It’s expensive. $10 on sale ($15 + $8 shipping at the website) and they say you have to replace it every month. Flies will cost me $154 for the summer?!?! No way, dude, NO WAY.
  • How the heck do you dispose of the thing?!
  • Sometimes, the cure is worse than the disease…

The disposal problem has us stumped. It’s liquid. It’s PUTRID. There is no way I am dumping this down my drain. Do I dump it in the weeds?! Lordy, it will smell awful. Then again, maybe I can use it as a deer repellent. Hmmm… I can’t just dump it in the trash bag– it’s liquid. If a hole gets in the trash bag, and the liquid gets in the garbage can, my husband will KILL ME. What do I do, what do I do?! Because we can’t figure out how to get rid of it, it’s just sitting there, on the garden fence. Repelling the deer. I hope…

Anyone have any suggestions on how to dispose of the thing?

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9 Responses to “Results for the Flies Away Fly Bait Trap Experiment”

  1. Karen & Gerard Zemek Says:

    At least it worked. If you have a cullendar (sp?), you could try draining the water off in the yard and then dumping the bag with the flies into the garbage.

  2. Renee Says:

    I would probably tie it shut, if that is possible… then put it in another bag tied shut, then into another bag tied shut, then into another bag tied shut, etc. until you are sure it won’t be spilling out! LOL I hate flies, too, and one fly in my house drives me crazy. I know how you feel.

    The sticky fly ribbons are sold at Wal-Mart at the end of the detergent aisle where they keep the bug repellents. They’re sold in a little box with about four in a box.

    Hope that helps!

  3. Rebecca Says:

    Karen- right you are! At least it worked. There are officially 2,000 fewer flies in the world by now!!

    Renee– you know me… you do realize that I could wrap this thing 10 times and somehow SOME WAY a hole would develop in THIS very bag that I do not want a hole to develop! Besides, who knows how toxic this stuff is?! It could burn right through! LOL

    Thanks for the tip about the fly ribbons!! I had looked there months ago… maybe I looked too soon (before the Big Fly Season began).

  4. Katherine Says:

    YARD – A – PULT! Got a neighbor you don’t particularly like? THAT is how you get rid of it! LOL!

  5. Rebecca Says:

    KATHERINE!!!!!!!!! OMG that’s BRILLIANT!!!!! ROFL

  6. bjr118 Says:

    Well, you might bury it somewhere. I believe the plastic will eventually rot.

  7. Fida abbott Says:

    Thank you for sharing this to us. Flies are everywhere during this summer. There is the food, There is the fly.

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  8. Lin Says:

    I like the burying idea or wrapping it in a thousand bags and ditching it. Maybe in a dumpster somewhere?? Ugh.

  9. raymond Says:

    i hate flies with a passion. bleck! but i do have an idea for disposal. buy a cheap trash bin or laundry bin. put the fly trap inside and tape shut with duct tape. throw the entire bin away. make sure to take it out and give it to the garbage man on your trash pick up day to make sure he knows the whole thing is trash. hope this helps. btw you could probably even use one of those big popcorn tins, if the trap will fit inside. good luck!