I am TOTALLY re-running a post from last summer! The fly problem is gearing up again and my homemade fly trap, on the patio table, is already filling up quickly. So watch and learn! And show me how many flies your trap is catching!
Sometimes dogs and flies go together, right? Always chickens and flies go together. Living things which are natural, including fruit, tend to attract flies. This all means that I have beaucoup flies all over my back yard and in my house. Rather, I did.
It’s the dog days of summer, right? August? So the heat, fruit rotting, poop fermenting, compost ripening – these attract flies. I hate flies. And they’re everywhere. How do you deal with flies? I’ll tell ya how I deal with them. Homemade fly traps.
Okay, so the dogs aren’t really homemade fly traps. I’ll get to that in a second. First, a question – do your dogs try to catch flies? Do they actually catch them? Mine are always snapping at them, and occasionally I catch them chewing one up. Yes, Flash and Patches are quick enough to catch flies with their mouths and I’m duly impressed.
But the fly problem was much larger than three dogs could handle. Mister Miyagi they ain’t. So I turned to the interwebs to find a cheap solution to my fly problem and came up with this beauty:
Take any plastic drink bottle, cut the top off right where it begins to taper up. Drop some ripe fruit in the bottom – something sweet like watermelon – then invert the top and stuff it back into the bottle. Make sure the lid is off. The top will then act like a funnel. The flies smell the fruit, crawl down inside to get it, crawl back up the sides of the bottle instead of flying through the small opening. It’s genius. DO NOT USE FROZEN, BAGGED FRUIT.
Y’all, after three days the bottle was SWARMING with flies. No more sight of watermelon. They were drowning in the juice, then eating each other. It’s actually really gross to watch. I had to walk away. They just keep coming and dying. Ew.
The good news is, I can now sit on my back porch without being covered in flies. It works. The bad news is I have to figure out what to do with this bottle of dead flies.
What does any of this dead fly business have to do with dog treats and Jones? It doesn’t. I just thought y’all would like to see a working model of a homemade fly trap. But! Jones! The giveaway is still happening, so if you haven’t entered, go HERE! Go NOW! Enter to win and see your dog smile! Your dog will thank you.
Until I write again …