So, I don't have indoor plumbing. So I'm on the old side, so I usually have to get up in the middle of the night to...you know... So, I keep a half gallon narrow-mouth mason jar by the bed. Half gallon because I'm old, like I said, and sometimes I forget to take it out to the outhouse in the morning.
So, about a week ago, as I was heading out, in the morning, with the jar, to the outhouse, I got called away for an emergency, and I put the jar down on the back porch. And one thing led to another, and I went to visit my sister for a few days, and when I got back...there was the jar of...you know...rather older than usual.
So, I was about to take it out to the outhouse, when I noticed something swimming around in the...you know... It was a fly, and, actually, it wasn't swimming, it was drowning. And, then, I noticed that quite a number of its brethren (and sistren, I assume) had suffered a similar fate. So, I decided to watch for a bit, and, sure enough, another fly arrived, fiddled around a bit, then headed down into the jar. It tried to alight on the side, but...ooops...dropped right down into the...you know...
The jar has been out there for more than a week, now...I got another one to use for my nightly...you know... And has continued to collect victims, to the point that there is now more than an inch of fly bodies down at the bottom of the...you know...
So, I googled around the net, and here at Permies, and found lots of formulae for what to put in a jar to attract flies...maple syrup, rotting flesh, vinegar, beer, whatever. But no one seems to have thought of one of the most readily available, and cheap, fly attractants: PEE!
Anyone else tried this?
Just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should.
Gordon Shephard wrote: It was a fly, and, actually, it wasn't swimming, it was drowning. And, then, I noticed that quite a number of its brethren (and sistren, I assume) had suffered a similar fate. ........
Anyone else tried this?
Weellllllll, just what kind-a flies are we talking here? I mean, if these are house flies, blue/green bottle flies, or your standard B-52-sized "meat" fly that comes 'round when cooking out the dog-food, it would be of some value. But if you were talking stable flies (Stomoxys calcitrans), now I'm getting more interested. In another thread, someone was musing whether or not one could still be ethical if they hated fire ants. I'm thinking the stable fly is the fire ant of the north! They aren't bothersome to most urban dwellers, but a rural area next to any livestock rearing generally has them in abundance....and they have a nasty bite!
So being an "off the back deck"-er myself, I may fill a few containers "for the good of science"...... and if success abounds I'll report back.
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