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[Drosophila] Re: Fly trap for research Grant Alexander Giliomee

GRANT ALEXANDER GILIOMEE via dros%40net.bio.net (by flybraai from gmail.com)
Tue Feb 27 13:10:43 EST 2007

On 2/25/07, GRANT ALEXANDER GILIOMEE <flybraai from gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi
> I made a trap using a grid which is laser cut and a voltage multiplier
> made from diode bridges and capacitors meant for ceiling fans. This
> gives enough energy to burn meat or fish if a piece is left on the
> energised grid.
> It is something that needs to be handled with extreme respect for high
> voltage as you can see from the photo seeing the ionised gasses from
> the burning fly. The reason for the high current and voltage is to
> self clean the grid so that swarms can be tackled without the grid
> getting clogged  up.
> I fit the grid into a dustbin lid and put whatever bait I choose for a
> particular fly species in the bag inside the bin. I kill thousands of
> flies daily. I remove entire blue fly swarms.
> Fruit flies are easily attracted to highly concentrated sugar water
> sprayed on the grid before energising. Especially if the trap is
> placed near a english ivy or related greanery.
> The downside is the price of a 150W inverter with a battery plus the
> price of the laser cutting, stainless sheet, battery charger &
> housings etc etc.
> Adds up to about R2000.00 south african rands.
> I am trying to drum up some interest from the red cross, cdc, unsusa,
> reuters and have had no response from anyone yet for the removal of
> flies for disaster management regarding food and disease control. Mybe
> they prefer children being eaten alive by flies.
> The one species I battle to trap is the stomoxy (stable fly), but I
> will eventually figure a way to design something specifically for that
> species.
> Good luck, It's easy once you figure out their breeding patterns and
> use their own genetic program as a means to kill them. In amongst the
> essay is good advice... try it.
>  I had a late uncle who was a Director of one of the divisions of
> Union Carbide that was interested in agriculture for the feeding of
> countries such as India and Ehtiopia in the late seventies and I guess
> I have been influenced indirectly regarding non toxic mechanisms and
> helping in the same manner free of exclusion and/or caste orientated
> societies.

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