Today's market has hundred's of different brand name baits and attractants.
All of these brands fall into 1 of 2 categories: chemical or natural.
The largest segment of the market uses a chemical based attractant called
pheromone or sex lure. This compound emits a scent given off by the
Chemical based attractants are attractive to purchasers due to its packaging
(easy dispensing) and shelf life. There is no mixing to be done by
However, there are some definite
dis-advantages of using chemical attractants (especially those which
use the chemical pheromone).
1. Female Flies
are not attracted to pheromone, only males.
2. There is not
one chemical product that will attract all fly species.
3. There is a small time window (first 6 days of their life)
where male flies would be attracted to the female fly smell. After the first 6 days, male flies do not
4. Resistance, as discussed previously, is also a complex
problem associated with chemical management of insects.
5. Extremely foul chemical odor is
associated with most chemical-based attractants.
Until recently, commercial natural baits consisted of sugars, yeast and
alcohol. The mixtures come in different measurements and proved semi
The single most advantageous property of natural attractants is, it is
considered a food source for flies, not just a sex lure. Flies are
constantly searching for food sources.
(food attractant) attracts both the male & female flies.
The biggest downfall of natural
attractants is the repugnant odors, messy mixing and clean up. Fly Banquet
does not have a bad chemical odor.