At-Home Science Experiment

"Hey, can my friends and I stay a while?"

In the warmer months, many people brace themselves for an array of unwanted housepests.

In Southern California, that can even extend to houseguests, but we’ll save that for another post.

Some of my most unwelcome housepests include flie of the house, fruit and bot variety (more on bot flies in a future post!) 

With cats, a Chihuahua, and an army of rabbits it often feels like we live in the Kingdom of Poop.  On warm days, even overzealous use of my handy “Stool Tool” (for the dog), vigorous litter box cleaning (cats and rabbits) seems to make little difference to the flies that know our house is a virtual “All You Can Eat”Deluxe Buffet.

In warmer climates like Southern California fruit flies can be a problem throughout the year. Especially when bunnies leave bits of salad behind that they do not approve of, or pieces of veggies are dropped into litter boxes.

So what is a poor bunny slave to do?

Fly Be Gone fly trap

We have recently begun to experiment with fly traps outside and like a product called Fly Be Gone (See photo). The product description is:

Effective for up to 4 weeks with a range of 50 to 100 yards. That’s powerful. Strongly effective in decreasing the fly problem of an area, even pesticide resistant flies. NO toxins, NO poisons, NO insecticides. Catches up to 20,000 flies in each trap and up to ten times faster than other traps.a Maintenance free and completely disposable. Nothing to clean up. Highly effective even on fruit flies. Used extensively in the pest control industry. User friendly, environmentally friendly, ozone friendly. Costs only a fraction of insecticides and works far more effectively. Successful fly control since 1981. Used in 27 countries worldwide.

OK, I’m sold.

These traps typically cost less than $20. They’re stinky (they smell like rotting meat), so keeping them away from common areas is highly recommended. I can’t say that there are 20,000 flies in my trap yet, but a lot of flies have succumbed to that irresistible rotten-meat smell.

For those pesky little fruit flies, try a simple non-toxic recipe:

  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • Water

Mix vinegar and sugar in a jar. Add enough water to fill the jar to the halfway mark.

Punch a few small in the jar lid.

I save jars with screw-on lids from products such as salsa, jam, and baby food. I fill the jars with the “recipe” above and place the jars around rabbit pens.

It works! Try it. Just remember to keep those non-toxic fly traps about 30 feet away from common areas!