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Metal Traps for Flies And Yellow Jackets


How it works

How to use the traps

Sagebrush metal fly trap diagram of how to place bait to attract and control flies and yellow jackets.

  1. Place trap over bait.
  2. Fly enters through side holes drawn to scent of bait, to access bait.
  3. Fly drawn to light when leaving bait and travels through screen cone into containment area.
  4. Fly is unable to escape containment and dies.


  • Established and proven cone style design.
  • All metal construction: stainless steel clamp, aluminum screen, and galvanized steel.
  • Bait with compost, manure, farm waste, and commercial fluid baits.
  • Large size for low maintenance.

Place the trap so that light enters the trap through the top. So the bait will last longer, a piece of screen can be placed over the bucket and under the trap for preventing flies from breeding and dying in the bait. Some flies are particular to location so place the trap where flies are located. A wood box open at the top can be constructed and placed around the trap to protect it from livestock when trapping ground hovering flies. When placed on a bucket, the bucket can be wired to a fence stake to prevent it from being knocked over. Remove dead flies by unscrewing the hose clamp and slipping the top off. Tap out flies, then replace screen and clamp.

Some recommended baits include, fish, shellfish, chicken scraps, chicken or dog manure, compost, and commercial fluid baits (2 oz/5 gal Farnam Brand Fly Trap Attractant works good with horses). Meat baits work best when rotten and manure baits work best when fresh. Most baits will need to be kept wet for effectiveness so add water as necessary to keep the bait from drying out. Yellow Jackets are an easy catch and just about any odorous meat scrap or bones will work. Some varieties of flies are more particular and experimenting with baits may be necessary. Fluid baits are low maintenance in hot, dry weather.

Manufactured by David Olkowski, SAGEBRUSH COMPANY, California, USA


H1 Hanging Model

7 inch wide, 10 inch tall, wire bail, holds tuna can

S2 Standing Model

10 inch wide, 10 inch tall, fits over pie pan

Sagebrush fly trap hanging model for yellow jackets and near pets

S2 Standing Sagebrush fly distributed by Rincon-Vitova Insectaries pioneers in biocontrol of flies

Ideal for yellow Jackets using meat baits

Use around pets that are attracted to bait

Economy, holds larger baits

Good for ground hovering flies

E2 Exclusion Trap

13 inch wide, 13 inch tall, fits over 5 gallon bucket

S3 Standing Model

12 ¾ inch wide, 10 inch tall fits over a 5 gallon bucket

Sagebrush E2 Exclusion Trap available from Rincon-Vitova Insectaries

Sagebrush S3 Standing fly trap from Rincon-Vitova Insectaries

Prevents flies breeding in bait

Keeps bait attractive, decreases flies

Economy, holds larger baits

Use in hot dry conditions, mix bait with 5 gallons water

S5 Drum Trap

24 inch wide, 16 inch tall, fits over 55 gallon drum

Sagebrush Family of Traps

Sagebrush S5 Drum Trap for fly control at feedlots, dairies and compost facilities

Sagebrush fly and yellow jacket traps sold by Rincon-Vitova Insectaries

Sits on drum or garbage can 24" diameter or less

Use around large animals and in high fly areas

Sagebrush traps E2, H1, S5 rear, S2, S3

See also

Catalog of Fly Control in pdf