Aaron Emberson

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Greetings Permies! It's a pleasure!

There's a cherry tree on a 1 acre property with an uncontrolled fruit fly problem. Anyone have some experience with mitigating this?

I did a quick search and discovered that when the larvae are ready, they exit the cherry and drop onto the ground to become flies the following summer. Has anyone experimented with catching the larvae "on the drop" and feeding them to chickens?

Should I instead harvest all of the cherries now and feed them to the chickens?

In 2011 Suzy Bean posted about the 1gal. milk jug prevention technique. http://www.permies.com/t/10889/bugs/Milk-Jug-Fly-Traps-fruit

Another fly catching possibility is the coloured sticky surfaces. Stefan Sobkowiak (the permaculture orchard in Quebec) seems to be quite fond of this method.

Thoughts or suggestions? This is very new territory for me, any help would be greatly appreciated!

Love and kindness,

Aaron Emberson
3 years ago
good points! I've always found myself to be a bit nomadic.. Perhaps that's why I've focused on the transportation factor. I've been contemplating sizing down even more then this for more ease of heating/transportation/and general cost. But the main issue I keep coming back to is heating! for instance.. could i heat the cap/cover of a truck with a renewable heat source without having a large cost? would a mini pocket rocket work? is there even a possibility of a functional thermal mass in a space that small?

I've been thinking about insulating a very very small area so it could be heated very simply without fossil fuels.. perhaps electricity (battery bank and solar panels?) would be the best solution?
4 years ago
I guess you're right! maybe I'm being a bit over prepared! haha It will be on wheels and maybe that's why? taking it to whistler for a ski strip might need a bit more powah! I've been thinking that maybe a water tank for thermal mass would work best? then it could be drained when I want to hit the road again... but.. water brings a whole new element of over heating the thermal mass I would think? uncharted territory for me!
4 years ago
Thank you thank you thank you! I'm in the process of building a tiny house right now and have been contemplating whether it's feasible to use a RMH! I have been also trying to integrate this as a passive solar heating thermal mass! I've done the winter sun calculations (nanaimo, BC) and it's looking very possible!

Any thoughts?

ps. I'm a little new to this concept :S
4 years ago