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1 April 2007 FLYBRELLA: A Device to Attract and Kill House Flies
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FLYBRELLA is a lightweight inexpensive trap that can be suspended like an upside-down umbrella in prominent locations where house flies, Musca domestica L., rest. It consists of a solid, cylindrical backbone to which is attached a perforated transparent tube, or baffle, with a commercial sugar/toxicant strip affixed inside. Centered directly beneath the tube and also attached to the backbone is a 10-cm-diameter inverted opaque plastic cone. House flies readily enter the tube, feed on the fast-acting toxicant, and then fall directly down the tube where they are collected in and concealed by the cone. The cone may be emptied easily through a capped opening in the bottom. In paired indoor tests, the efficacy of the commercial sugar/toxicant strip was increased significantly by the individual addition of several other attractant materials. Variants of the original design were tested, including a more efficient design featuring two concentric tubes with offset perforations. The toxicant strip may be easily removed and/or replaced when desired.

D. A. Carlson and J. A. Hogsette "FLYBRELLA: A Device to Attract and Kill House Flies," Journal of Economic Entomology 100(2), 483-487, (1 April 2007). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-0493(2007)100[483:FADTAA]2.0.CO;2
Received: 3 July 2006; Accepted: 28 November 2006; Published: 1 April 2007
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