Yellow fly fighter: Building a better fly trap

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 09:47 AM.


With the lack of rain, South Walton Mosquito Control has reportedly been getting dozens of requests a day to deal with the yellow fly problem, according to commissioner Bob Hudson. The control district crew has been deploying “black balls” to fight the insect scourge. Hudson describes the device as “a 14-inch black beach ball that is coated with a product called "Tacky Foot". The ball is hung from a branch by a string. As the wind blows the ball moves and yellow flies are attracted to the black moving object and land on the ball. The yellow fly is then stuck to the ball by the gummy substance.” If you need a "black ball" call 267-2112 and ask to speak with Cynthia. You can also send her an email request to Make sure to include your street address and phone number. 


Emily Ellis lives in Inlet Beach. She is a painter, photographer, naturalist, music lover and prose attempter. She offers studio visits by appointment and can be reached at

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