Jun 14 2009
I live in an RV and some parks have a LOT of flies. I found the Pic Window Fly Trap to be easy to use and fairly effective. As advertised, there are no vapors, is sticky and catches flying insects.
It’s also advertised as transparent on windows, which isn’t exactly correct; it’s translucent, like a foggy shower stall. This doesn’t detract from the usefulness of the product, however; it eventually fills up with dead fly bodies.
The pack of four traps is easy to use: you remove the red strip from the back and place it on the window or other clean, hard surface of your choice. Once applied, then you remove the front sticker that contains the gel-like bait. Unless very carefully applied, you do get some on your fingers. Just wash that off.
The trap takes a while to work. It’s not like the flies will zoom right at it. As I watched the first trap, it took about 45 for the first fly to get stuck on the goo. Slowly, more flies approached and got stuck. Some enterprising flies managed to unstick themselves and fly off, but for the most part, the trap works as I’d hoped.
It seems to work best if you stick the trap to the top of each window, where flies are apt to congregate. I put three traps on various windows…by the end of several days I had dozens of dead and dying flies on the traps. While not a pretty sight, it does work.
The package does not list any ingredients but offers assurances it is non-toxic and can be used in food preparation areas. I would have preferred to check the toxicity myself via ingredients listings. What exactly attracts the flies? What if my dog licks the patch?
For people in a big hurry to trap flies, this isn’t the right product: it seems to take time (hours and days) to really entice its prey. However, I do recommend it as much cleaner and simpler to handle than old fashioned fly paper. It applies easily, cleans up quickly, and has room on each patch for dozens of flies. For people in RVs, for barns, or for those with an annoying fly problem at home/the office, I’d suggest stocking up on a six pack of these packages. Apply liberally to windows and forget about it!
Amazon sells these, as well as my local RV country store:
Window Fly Trap, 4 pack