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Friday, July 25, 2014

Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me

Living on a small farm comes with perks, and pests. Poo, like rabbit and chicken poo will work wonders for your garden, but it sure does draw the pests. House flies love it. They can find it from miles around (I am sure).  What can we do about it? Trap them!

Sure, eliminating the poo would be ideal, but not possible. Besides, my worms would not appreciate it and my plants would not be as green. 

Making a fly trap is easy! 

You will need:
A plastic 2 liter soda bottle
Sturdy tape, such as duct tape or packaging tape
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Syrup - maple, pancake syrup, or dark corn syrup
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Drop of Dish Soap

Easy Directions
Cut the top off the soda bottle at the "shoulders" so it will invert and fit down inside the bottom part of the bottle. Kitchen shears work great. 

Mix the sugar, syrup, and apple cider vinegar in the bottom part of the bottle. Stir well until all ingredients are dissolved.

Add a drop of liquid dish soap.
Invert the top of the bottle and place on the lower portion, lining up the cut areas. 

Use tape to secure all the way around. Do not leave any gaps. Carefully add water to bring the liquid level up to about 1 1/2 inches below the opening of the bottle.

Place your trap in areas you have fly problems. 

When full, or just extremely gross, toss/recycle and make another. 

Some of the liquid will evaporate, as you can see in the picture. But, how gross is that?