Best Practices

Where to set up your H-Trap

Our horse fly traps are meant for outdoors and work best when set in hot, sunny locations on properties with damp areas or water bodies, the likely source of horse fly breeding.

Once you have verified that you indeed have horse flies (tabanids) on your property, begin sleuthing to find where horse flies are likely breeding.

Knowing their flight patterns is key to your success in collapsing the horse fly populations on your property.

If you can identify their breeding ground relative to where horses and humans congregate on your property, you can determine whether you want to trap horse flies where they are emerging as adults or closer to where you and your animals are.

If you believe that inside a paddock or cattle yard is the best possible location for your horse fly trap, you will need to create a suitable barrier to keep your animals a proper distance away, as is shown in the image here. You don’t want a horse to brush up against the horse fly trap because this situation could spook your animal, injure the animal in the process, and damage your trap.

If your property is over 2.5 acres and you have more than five horses needing protection from biting horse flies, you may consider setting up more than one trap and placing them in both locations.
If you find that you are seeing horse flies but are not catching enough of them, try moving your horse fly trap to a new location. Often, rethinking and repositioning your horse fly trap will reap the best results.

If you are uncertain about which location would work best on your property, even before purchase, please contact us, and we will review your property on Google Maps to help.


When to Set Up Your Horse Fly Trap

For best results in reducing a horse fly population, install your horse fly trap(s) just before the first adult horse flies emerge in your area, usually around late spring and early summer.

Tips and Tricks

Adding a chemical lure has been proven to attract more horse flies! It’s called the Bite-Lite® Biting Insect Lure, and this attractant will complement the H-Trap Professional Horse Fly Control System in catching more biting horse flies. Using attractive chemical lures such as the Bite-Lite® Biting Insect lure can increase the trap collection. You can find more information here.

Some customers prefer adding water to the maximum line on the collection bin because they tell us that some larger and heavier tabanids “fall out” when there is no water. While filling the collection bin with water may be messier to clean and smelly, our customers tell us they get great satisfaction in catching every tabanid they can on their properties.