Horse Flies are really annoying. In our neck of the woods it’s already hot… but you go outside anyway to do chores or perhaps even enjoy the sprinkler or the pool and, then, here comes this monster of a fly to ruin your day. If the buzzing isn’t enough to set your nerves on fire, just wait until one bites you.
Biting flies like horse flies and deer flies have ruined too many good days. But how do you get rid of these viscous bugs?
Several years ago we searched for that answer and settled in on buying the HorsePal Fly Trap, which claimed to capture all these different biting flies, yet all the trap did was sit there. No chemicals. No electricity. It just… sits there. Could that really work?
I’m here to tell you, yes. Yes, it absolutely works and it works extremely well.
Fly Trap: 5 Years Later
Here is a new picture from 2016. We had to replace the jar and screen on top and just a few hours later… boom, well over 2 dozen biting flies captured. Tell me that wouldn’t make you happy!
Why did we have to replace the glass and screen? Well, that was my fault. The trap comes with a rebar stake to make sure winds don’t blow it over. I neglected using it and the trap fell, busting the plastic jar that came with it (which was 5 years old, so that’s a pretty good run for a plastic jar, I’d say), and the mesh insert went missing.
Get Rid of Flies
The great thing about the HorsePal Fly Trap is how it works. It was developed because a person took the time to observe the behavior of biting flies and then designed a way to make that behavior work against the horse and deer flies we all despise.
The design is also known as a Manitoba Trap. However, the design of the HorsePal is perhaps a bit more compact and mobile than a traditional Manitoba Trap. Since it still works like a charm, we think going with the compact HorsePal is the better option than designing our own Manitoba Trap. There are also other pre-made Manitoba Traps available.
For 5 seasons now this trap has serviced us well. We wouldn’t use any other trap to help lower the horsefly population, though we do encourage bats to roost on the property as well.
Does the Horse Pal Trap Work?
YES. Plain and simple. Just, yes.
For the record: We do not earn any commission or affiliate payment from bitingflies.com, HorsePal, or anything. It is just that good of a product that we want to share it with you.
Yes, it costs a lot of money and yes, you could make one yourself. However, we are very happy with ours and it has survived hurricanes and thunderstorms for years.
Here is the original “How it Works” video:
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