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How would you trap fruit flies so that you could feed them to foul (chickens,ducks, etc.) and fish? Answered

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I've often marvelled at how fast fruit flies appear after dumping a fresh supply of the morning's fruit juicer cocktail mush on the top of our worm box.

How can I trap those insects _economically_ and then feed them to livestock? Chickens, duck, fish etc. would readily gobble the fruit flies up IF the flies weren't flying around... how would you capture lots of wild fruit flies?

I have been thinking about a trap that allows them to fly in but not fly out and then throwing the trap into a freezer to slow them down and then throwing them to the birds... but I'd like to find something that could be done entirely outdoors WITHOUT electricity. Ideas?

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Re-designBest Answer (author)2010-09-13

There are several good answers on the right side of the screen listed under "RELATED'. Did you check out any of them?

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orksecurity (author)2010-09-14

Uhm... just wondering, but why do you think the flies would make better feed than the fruit mash?

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pleabargain (author)orksecurity2010-09-14

Very good point! For the fish, the flies would be better but for the foul the fruit mush would be better! D'oh!

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orksecurity (author)pleabargain2010-09-15

BTW: "fowl". Unless you haven't been mucking out their enclosure often enough, or they're missing the batter's box when you throw them.

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lemonie (author)2010-09-13


Why not just put the old-fruit within reach of the fowl? They can move their beaks when they want to...

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pleabargain (author)lemonie2010-09-14

Yes, I'm feeling the pain of not thinking out my goal. I want to convert the rapidly breeding fruit flies into a resource (probably food).

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lemonie (author)pleabargain2010-09-15

What about maggots? You only need dead-flesh, and they don't fly away until after pupating.

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Jayefuu (author)2010-09-12

How about a bug vacuum, but with something more powerful attached?

http://www.nauticalia.com/uk-info/tools_and_gadgets/on_board_boatyard_garage/bug_vacuum/96046.html

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pleabargain (author)Jayefuu2010-09-14

Not seen one of those. Thanks.

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rickharris (author)2010-09-13

Use traditional trap - Funnel and some kind of bait but without the water to drowned them.

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