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From: xxx (Brian Ring)
Newsgroups: bionet.drosophila
Subject: Re: Invaded by fruit flies
Date: 4 Sep 1997 14:59:29 -0700
Organization: BIOSCI International Newsgroups for Molecular Biology


Sure, just apply a few "fly traps" about the bar...a fly trap could be an empty beer bottle with the following inside it:
            - an old banana peel
            - some bakers yeast
            - unsulfured molasses, (i.e. Grandma's Molasses, the brand name)
            - a few drops of corn meal
            - plus a bit of water to give the mixture some moisture

Then, place a funnel on the top of the bottle with the smallest opening into the bottle...If these traps are placed low and high behind the bar and near the trash can, they will fill up with flies within a few long as the flies can't get out you'll trap them all...don't let the traps get to crowded or to old because you will start to go through new generations of flies...Be aware of the ebony or black flies, they are probably virilis and will take a while to get rid of!!

Well good luck John and remember I am a starving graduate student in need of a case of SAm Adams beer....we have a lot of hard working Drosophilist in the lab as well who would appreciate the gesture...

Brian Ring @ the bio zoo



Dept.of Biology
Bio Unit 1
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Fla. 32306-2043
email: xxx

On 31 Aug 1997, John Fernicola wrote:
> Date: 31 Aug 1997 13:09:39 GMT
> From: John Fernicola <xxx>
> To:
> Subject: Invaded by fruit flies
> HELP!!!!!!!!!
> I am a bar owner whose establishment has been invaded by fruit flies. I
> keep the bar area clean, have had the bar "bombed" and nothing seems to
> work. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would really appreciate the
> help. And there is a case of your favorite beer as a reward.
> Thanks
> John