A good fly attractant is like
an old sourdough start. Once you get it going, keep feeding it. Being a horse person I hang my fly traps on the corral fence
and put a 3lb coffee can on the ground under the cone. The files come to the bait and when they take off they fly "up" into
the cone and walk on up into the trap.
At the beginning of the season I start out with a commercial
attractant. There are several on the market. I add a little fresh dog poop from time to time. I also throw in some decaying
vegetable cutting from the garden. What ever smells is the key. Be sure and keep water in your bait can. You don't want to
let it dry out.
Placement of your fly trap is important also. If it
is not working well where you hang it, move it five feet. Don't ask me why this makes a difference. I know one year it works
on this part of the fence and next year it wants a new spot.
If you are a dog person you may want to take a little
extra time and screw three or four legs on to the bottom of your bucket. That way just find the freshest poop in the morning,
set it down and before you go to work you will have captured several hundred files.