• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Mike Jay
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Miles Flansburg
garden masters:
  • Dan Boone
  • Dave Burton
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Shawn Klassen-Koop
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Mike Barkley

Pee Jar Fly Trap

 
Posts: 21
Location: Seattle, WA
4
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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?
 
pollinator
Posts: 1283
Location: RRV of da Nort
125
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

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.
 
Mother Tree
Posts: 10876
Location: Portugal
1486
bee bike books duck forest garden greening the desert solar tiny house wofati
  • Likes 6
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
When my pee bucket starts to attract bees, I know it's time to get my blood sugars checked and sort my diet out again.  
 
He loves you so much! And I'm baking the cake! I'm going to put this tiny ad in the cake:
permaculture bootcamp - learn permaculture through a little hard work
https://permies.com/wiki/bootcamp
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!