Fly Traps: Big Stinky Brand Really Works

| 6/7/2010 11:06:00 AM

Tags: animals, pests, flies, traps,

GRIT Editor Hank Will at the wheel of his 1964 IH pickup.I’ve fought flies around the farm for a good chunk of my life, and even though I first heard of Big Stinky fly traps more than 30 years ago, it wasn’t until about a week ago that my first set of Big Stinky fly traps went to work. Big Stinky fly traps use proven science, and a fantastically elegant design, to capture and kill all manner of flies.  That these fly traps are see-through only adds to my fascination – that the Big Stinky fly traps are reusable makes me wince at the thought of the day I need to empty them.

According to the Big Stinky fly traps website, the device was the brainchild of an inventor and scientist by the name of Bill Brown. Mr. Brown created a trap that relied on attracting flies with lean meat – particularly female flies – and a chemical solution that makes the flies that enter the trap release more female fly pheromones. Essentially, the raw meat or fish gets the ball rolling and then the flies do all the rest – to their own demise.

Big Stinky Fly Trap

Courtesy Big Stinky

I followed the directions provided with my Big Stinky fly traps more or less to a T. Since I didn’t want to waste any of my good grassfed meat on the traps, I bought some ground beef at the local market (Big Stinky advocates not using ground meat) that wasn’t too fatty and used it to “bait” my traps. Essentially, you drop the meat into a clear bottle, add some water and a capful of the Big Stinky formula and set the traps away from places where you will be annoyed by the smell or convergence of flies. Most notable among the instructions was to place the traps as close to the ground as you dared – considering the local dog pack and the like. I placed one trap at the far end of the pig pen and one on a corral panel. Both are about 2 feet from the ground and thankfully our Border Collies, Gus and Clover, have left the fly traps alone.

Big Stinky Glass Jar filling with flies.

Hank Will_2
8/3/2011 1:55:06 PM

MBD -- Defnitely don't want these traps in the house. They stink like rotting meat ... seriously.

Muck Boot Diva
8/3/2011 1:42:10 PM

Ok -- I admit -- I skimmed your article with GREAT excitement!!!!! Can I put these in my HOUSE! I HATE flies. Where can I get them??? GREAT TOPIC MBD

Oz Girl
8/28/2010 5:03:08 PM

Thanks Hank... I didn't think they did anything to the horseflies. Man, they've been bad lately. I'm hoping the weather break will get rid of them. I'm still going to try these traps though... maybe next year! :)

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