Where is the best site for a trap?
Traps should be placed using the following criteria:-
- Select an area of tsetse habitat, such as woodland or thicket, and avoid open areas such as fields and open grasslands (vleis, dambos).
- Within the habitat, select an open site, ideally with paths or linear openings leading to the site that will make the trap clearly visible from a distance.
The specific point where the trap is erected should have:-
- No leafy canopy overhead, especially if this might shade the trap when tsetse are active in the early morning or late afternoon;
- No leafy bushes or obstructions, such as termite hills or dense bushes, within 3 m of the trap and;
- No fallen tree boles within 15 m of the trap.
Vale, G.A. (1999). Responses of tsetse flies (Diptera: Glossinidae) to vegetation inZimbabwe: implications for population distribution and bait siting. Bulletin of Entomological Research 88, Supplement 1, S7-S59.