Shoo fly/come hither, fly
August 17, 2013 12:16 PM Subscribe
I believe that attractant-type insect traps like bug zappers, fly bags, CO2 traps et cetera work best if you put them in the vicinity but not too close - 15-20 feet. You want them to go "oooh, hey, what's that over there? Hey, everybody, this thing is over here!"
My husband would wear a bug zapper around his neck like Flava Flav if that were feasible, on the principle that he wants all the bugs that come near him to go there instead.
posted by Lyn Never to home & garden (7 answers total)
If you've ever smelled a fly bag, you understand why I want to be right. Also, I think it's just drawing more bugs into our immediate vicinity, so we're getting even more traffic than if there was no attractant - and flies (non-biting) are definitely our biggest irritant, just being up in our face and doing laps in our wine, we have almost no mosquitoes or yellow jackets/wasps.
Who's right? Is there a formula for determining how far away these things should be?