Em here, so today we have a great Pinstrosity, Eden, did the foot work for us and did this science-fair-project-status. This is a great project to have on hand, especially this summer with everyone coming in and out of the house all season. She gave us what worked, what kinda worked, and what bombed.
Eden had a need, a need for a speedy way to get rid of those pesky flies. Her husband, trying to help, bought one of those disgusting fly tape traps that just kinda hang there like a reminder to the other flies to stay away (which usually doesn’t work thankfully), and as a way to make you stop in your tracks and rethink that sandwich in your hands. Gross right?
So she took to her Pinterest account and went fly hunting (cyber speaking).
She decided on six tests, here they are:
Test 1: I gallon Jug with several pen cap size holes in it, contains 1 C. syrup, 1 C. apple cider vinegar
Test 2:Open jar with equal parts sugar and soap (she used floor soap)
Test 3: 2 liter bottle with the top cut off and inverted into the bottom of the bottle (she hot glued hers) containing 1/4 C. apple cider vinegar, 1/4 C dish soap (again she used floor soap), cut fruit (she used browned bananas)
Test 4: 1 gallon jug with holes, 1/2 C. water, 1 TBSP sugar, 1 TBSP soap, 1 TBSP syrup
Test 5: Inverted top 2 liter bottle contains 1 tsp. active dry yeast, 1/2 C. sugar, 1 C. lukewarm water
Test 6: Inverted top 2 liter bottle 12 oz. carbonated soda, 1 egg whisked
Control: Fly strip
Control: Fly strip
She gave each test 24 hours in her kitchen, at which time she found Test 6 had one fly, and the control had 7 or 8 flies. Wanting to give them all a fair shot, she put them outside and gave them another 24 hours when she found these much more promising results!
Test 1: 1 fly
Test 2: 2 flies
Test 3 and 4: No flies
Test 5: LOTS!
Test 6: 9 flies
She concluded that indoors they didn’t seem to be as effective. However outside they were much more effective.
Good luck with getting rid of the pests, and as Eden put it, Happy Hunting!