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Deer Fly Traps – Homemade and Store Bought Options

by | Knowledge Bombs


Deer flies are unpleasant pests that can transmit several nasty diseases. If you’ve noticed some around your property, consider getting deer fly traps.

I’ve been through this struggle before, and I tried many solutions to get rid of them. In this article, I’m sharing with you the best of these solutions.

Now, you have to understand something. The way to get rid of deer flies is by attracting them to a sticky material.

This concept is what we’re using to make our traps. However, I understand that not all people like DIYs, so I listed options that you can buy as well.


Deer Fly Traps – Homemade


We’re going to be making together inexpensive deer fly traps at home. The homemade traps we’ll be making are 100% effective and require simple materials and instructions.

We’ll be making traps for personal protection and hanging traps.


Self-Protection Deer Fly Traps


Deer flies like to attack any moving thing, including you. So they’ll attack the highest point on your body, which is your head.

They are ambush predators that would very happily bite you on the back of the head. So, we’re going to make a trap that you can wear while working in your garden to protect you from these nasty pests.

Knowing that deer flies like the color blue, we’re going to use that in our favor. There are two DIY projects we can do for self-protection against deer flies. Let’s call the first one the cap trap and the second the helmet trap.


The Cap Trap


Here’s what you need for this project:


  • Blue plastic cups



  • An old cap or hat
  • Tanglefoot Tangle-Trap Sticky Coating



  • A needle and a thread or a stapler
  • Gloves
  • A brush or a wooden waxing stick


First, attach a blue cup to your cap. You can do this using a needle and a thread or by using a stapler. I recommend threading it to be more secure on your hat.

Now, it’s time to put the Tanglefoot Tangle Trap Sticky Coating on the cup. Keep in mind, this thing is super sticky and will stick to you. So, put on disposable gloves.

Make sure to have a brush or waxing stick to apply the sticky coating with. You don’t need a thick layer. The flies will stick to it anyway.

Once you’re done, you’ll be ready to go out and do your work in the garden or the farm without being bothered by deer flies. The flies will stick to the blue cup and won’t bite you while wearing this cap trap.


The Helmet Trap


The previous trap can make you look a bit ridiculous. However, it’s quite effective. If you don’t want to wear a blue cup on your head, then this project is for you.

This trap needs more work than the previous one, but it’s not too hard. Here’s what you need:


  • A blue plastic helmet



  • Tanglefoot Tangle-Trap Sticky Coating



  • A heat gun or a blow dryer



  • A piece of steel rod
  • A brush or a wooden waxing stick


You need to heat the back of the helmet first with your heat gun or a blow dryer. If you’re using a blow dryer, make sure to use the high heat setting.

The goal here is to warm the back of the helmet so that you can make some indentations with the steel rod. This will make the Tanglefoot sticky coating stick to the helmet without falling on your neck.

Once you notice that the back of the helmet is warmed up, turn off the heat gun and create indentations with the steel rod. Also, warm the back of the brim and bend it up. Again, this will prevent the Tanglefoot from sliding off the helmet and creating a pud

dle on your neck.

With a brush or a wooden waxing stick, apply the Tanglefoot on the back of the helmet where you created the indentations. Now, you’re ready to wear it and go out to the garden.

I prefer the blue helmet as it doesn’t look as silly as the blue cup. But the hat trap is way faster and easier to make.


A Scarecrow-Like Hanging Trap


We already mentioned that deer flies are attracted to tall, moving objects and the color blue. So, we’re going to make a scarecrow-like hanging trap for those annoying flies.

We’re going to use the fundamental materials we always use for the traps besides a couple of new things:


  • A plant support cage



  • A large Black plastic yard bag
  • Duct Tape
  • Twine string


To create the shape of the scarecrow, you need to bend the three upright wires of the plant support cage and bring them together to create “shoulders.” Don’t forget to create a loop with an end of one of the wires to attach the twine string.

Now, put the modified plant support cage inside the plastic yard bag. Seal the bag from below with duct tape. Then, make a hole in the blue cup or the helmet that you’ll use for the trap.

Here comes the usual step. Apply the Tanglefoot on the blue cup or the helmet. Attach the twine string to the loop in the wired body. Then, pass the other end of the string through the hole in the helmet or the cup.

The cup or the helmet should be facing upside down on the wired body. For more security, put duct tape around the loop of the wired body so the yard bag won’t tear away.

Make sure that the string is long enough to hang the trap where the most deer flies are. This hanging trap might be on the expensive side, but it’s worth it. It will stay in your yard for quite a long time, protecting you from the annoying deer flies.


Deer Fly Traps – Bought Options


If you’re not a fan of DIY projects, then this section of the article is for you. Several store-bought options are effective as well:


TredNot Deer Fly Patch


TredNot Deer Fly Patch can be used instead of the blue cup or helmet. All you need to do is to stick the patch to your hat or cap, and it should do the job. Make sure to follow the instructions well to avoid ruining your hat.



Horse Pal Fly Trap


The Horse Pal Fly Trap is an alternative for the hanging trap we DIYed. This works for horse and deer flies. This product is quite expensive, but it’s effective and won’t need any maintenance, except the occasional removal of the dead flies.


Bug Ball Fly and Insect Killer



This is another alternative to the DIY hanging trap and the Horse Pal Fly Trap. Bug Balls are affordable, plus they’re eco-friendly and safe for kids.

You’ll need to inflate the Bug Ball first before hanging it with the included rope or a shepherd’s hook. Then, apply the Catch EM’ liquid all over the ball. Don’t worry. It’s included too.


Deer Fly Traps – Final Thoughts


I hope these ideas work for you just like they worked for me. If you decide to go with a hanging trap, keep in mind that placement is key. Good luck with your homemade deer fly traps!

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