The Bite-Lite H-Trap is the newest and most effective horse fly trap on the market today for catching tabanids (also known as greenheads, deer flies, yellow flies, and B-52 bombers). By placing this unique, study trap in a hot, sunny location near your horse paddock, swimming pool, pond, garden, water park, business park, vacation rental, campground, etc., you will start trapping female horse flies who are attracted to the inflated black ball by the infrared signature generated by the heat of the sun. Looking for a blood meal in order to reproduce, the female will try to bite its "victim", and after failing they will fly their typical vertical flight pattern, which in this case is up into the trap’s UV proof plastic collection bin. Each trap covers 2.5 acres or 5 horses.
“IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT EXPECTATIONS: The H-Trap is designed to catch horse flies from the Tabanidae family only and NOT biting stable flies or biting horn flies (family Muscidae). Horse fly eggs and larvae are found in wet, swampy areas. Stable flies and horn fly eggs and larvae are found in fecal matter, urine soaked bedding, or in the wet, decomposing straw found around round hay bales. Another difference is the way these different flies bite. Signs of horse fly bites are trails of blood from the wound that the horse fly leaves after cutting the skin and pumping in a substance that allows the blood to flow. Stable fly and horn fly bites tend to be less bloody, with much smaller ‘dots’ of blood left after feeding. If you are unsure about what type of flies are present on your property, please call us before purchasing an H-Trap. If you have pictures that can help our entomologist identify the flies that are bothering your animals and family, please send them to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another factor to consider before purchasing and/or locating your H-Trap is that certain elements on a property may compete with the effectiveness of one H-Trap. For example, the following could produce more thermal energy or heat signatures than the trap’s black ball and affect the successful location of the trap: blue plastic pool liners, dark horses, metal roofs, other blue or dark objects. If that is the case, we recommend an integrated pest management program, adding lures, white fly sheets, and fly sprays, etc. to your regimen.
Bite-Lite H-Trap Service Manual