News : Green Businesses Take a 'Bite' Out of Golf

Jun 16, 2015

Originally Published on Portsmouth Patch.

By Mark Quirk

There will be a few more traps at Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club this summer, but golfers need not worry, these traps will be installed to enhance the playing experience.

This summer Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control Services, LLC is working with Sagamore-Hampton Golf to test his Fly Cage at the 18-hole course. The Fly Cage, developed by Pray over the last year to control horseflies, greenheads and deerflies, will be positioned at two of the course’s holes with two traps at each hole to test the cage’s effectiveness.

“I want to put some out and see which spots will be best,” Pray said.

Richard Luff, the president of Sagamore-Hampton said he’d like to start testing at some of the holes on the course’s back nine. Holes 10, 11 and 12 wind through the woods and that’s where Luff said the deer-flies are most prevalent, especially in the morning.
“In those early morning rounds they can chase you around and make it unpleasant,” Luff said.

Luff said he has tried several other options to control the deerfly problem in the past, but none were successful. He hopes installing the Fly Cage will have better results.

The Fly Cage is a trap designed to catch biting flies in the family tabanidae, which includes greenheads, deerflies and horseflies. The trap does not use chemicals and is environmentally friendly, something both Ecotech and Sagamore advocate for. Pray built wooden greenhead traps while a student at the University of New Hampshire, earning a B.S. in Entomology, and based his new design on those early precursors.
It’s tent-like structure, with a black ball hanging at the bottom, can easily be set up and broken down.

The black ball works as a lure and draws the flies underneath the trap mimicking the underside of a large animal such as a deer or cow. Once the flies realize the ball is not flesh, they instinctively fly upward through the top of the tent, drawn toward the light, where they are caught between two layers of mesh netting and perish. It’s a design similar to lobster traps.

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