FlyTrap

I remain a bit distracted and silent these days, so please forgive me. I appreciate you all who continue to come to this site.  I'll be able to explain a bit more in the near future about my "distraction."

Meanwhile, I am posting a photo this evening of a homemade flytrap that was made by Lovina's Mom. I took this photo probably 10 years ago  Elizabeth would hang these from her apple trees.  She would put a homemade concoction of sugar, water, and banana peels into the bottle, filling it about 1/3 full.  Elizabeth always insisted it be a green bottle, like an empty 2-liter of 7-Up or Sprite.  Bugs would fly into the containers and never come out.  She'd say "they are done for."   I never could decide whether the traps were very effective (they would fill with insects) or simply a magnet for more bugs to come around that otherwise might not.  Anyway, if anyone wants to give it a try, that is the recipe!

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Used in open spaces such traps - whether selfmade or commercial, chemical or electrical - are utterly useless.

Given that it is absolutely pointless, the killing of thousands of animals, even if they are only insects, seems to me a bit unethical (Please  - I am not in any way affiliated with the radical animal rights movement, they are really silly and often make me angry. I prefer  the rational approach and just think even insects should not be killed without a reasonable cause. It has an aspect of self-discipline, too.) And the fraction of completely harmless or even beneficial, sometimes also beautiful or rare species in the catch of such traps is not insignificant.

In rooms, houses, barns the situation may be rather different if (and only then) the influx of insects is interrupted, e.g. by fly-screens and so on.

(Got a M.Sc. in entomology - sorry)

 

PS: A quite different matter are special traps with highly specific attractants, mostly pheromones, for pests, because they will only catch a certain noxious species. They are a priceless tool, especially in organic farming.

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You should be proud of your degree! However, the bugs do not have that. No offense intended, but these traps DO work. As I previously posted, mine are filling fast with flies and mosquitos and other unknown species. In my humble way of thinking, any natural pest control is better than the chemical-laden, over-priced stuff marketed for such purposes.

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Hi Kevin...hope all is well with you! Enjoy this site so much.  Carol

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My in-laws have a cherry tree in their backyard.  They have hung several of these on the branches (they use empty plastic milk jugs) in years past.  Most of their cherries would be bug-free when it came time to pit them when they used the milk jug traps.  My mom-in-law would then can the cherries and use them in pies, cobblers, etc.  She hasn't picked cherries or used the milk jugs in a few years, though.  My in-laws are keeping way too busy in the late years of their work lives to keep up with the tree.  The birds love it when the cherries ripen, though! 

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My in-laws have a cherry tree in their backyard.  They have hung several of these on the branches (they use empty plastic milk jugs) in years past.  Most of their cherries would be bug-free when it came time to pit them when they used the milk jug traps.  My mom-in-law would then can the cherries and use them in pies, cobblers, etc.  She hasn't picked cherries or used the milk jugs in a few years, though.  My in-laws are keeping way too busy in the late years of their work lives to keep up with the tree.  The birds love it when the cherries ripen, though! 

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Kevin!! After buying your books, I made 3 of these(a couple months ago), and they WORK!!! The bottle color doesn't seem to matter, I have 2 clear & 1 green. I put them in a sort of triangle shape (+/- 35' apart) around my yard. You cannot believe the bugs in them. Cheap,easy, and safe!!!!

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hi Kevin, I saw this in Elizabeth's book she made with you. I wonder why green colour.  maybe it blends in better with surroundings in a tree?

well, I know I'm a newbie around here and miss you, but I am looking forward to whatever you are working on. Knowing you, as little as I do now, it will be lots of fun!!Laughing

Take care and we'll see you when you get a chance to appear.

blessings,

Caryl

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Careful - peta will be breathing down your neck!!! (Ha ha, meant in jest!)

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LOL!  OMGosh, I can't believe what a stink they are making!  Too funny!!

Rebecca

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Between PETA and the environmental cops that want to tax cow farts I am not sure what is going to happen the agriculture in this country or perhaps the world

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