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Home and garden flying pest – DIY fly trap

Food, fly bait for your fly trap.
Of the many species of fly’s in and around homes and barns you will most generally be faced with one or more of the most common three fly pest.

Feeding Habits of Flies

Adult flies feed and harvest their larvae on organic decaying material. This includes, fruit, vegetables, meat, animal, plant secretions and human feces. Both male and female flies suck nectar from flowers as well.

Flies are most active when it is warm, for this is when their larvae are most likely to hatch. They are attracted to buildings because of the heat and odors they may emit.

What Do Common House Flies Eat?

House flies are general feeders, which mean they will eat everything from food to animal and human fecal matter. Because of their sponging mouths, they only feed on liquids, which means they must liquefy food through regurgitation. They are attracted to a variety of substances such as:

Overripe fruit and vegetables
Animal feces
Sugary substances

What Do Fruit Flies Eat?

Fruit Flies are attracted to fermented food and liquid sources, which is why they are so common in homes and the food industry. Fruit flies search for foods such as:

Liquids: beer, wine, cider, vinegar
Fruits such as bananas, grapes, peaches, pineapples, tomatoes, mustard pickles, potatoes, onions, etc.
Sugary substances, like candy

What Do Blow (Bottle) Flies Eat?

Blow/bottle flies are fairly large flies with metallic blue, green, bronze or black sheen. They are infamously known for burrowing themselves into their food, which is where they develop. They are usually the first insects to arrive after an animal dies. These flies prefer:

Fresh or decaying meat
Animal carcasses

Traps can be baited with molasses, sugar, fruit, meat and/or rotting shrimp.
Bait and water mixture should be within 2 inches of the trap funnel opening. To make the liquid more effective in killing fly’s add a few drops of dish soap and a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your trap water.

Fly bait stinks so keep in mind you want to attract fly’s away from your home. Place your traps 50 to 100 feet distance from your home.

DIY – Fly Trap This link presents several pictures and hints on building your first DIY fly trap.

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Merry Christmas

A White House Christmas — Merry Christmas America

For the first time in a very long time my house, your house, the White House has a real Christmas Holiday look and feel within.

Not Politically Correct Seasons Greetings – Merry Christmas

Tis 21 days till Christmas.
A mess is all around the house.
Even my mouse is seeking a better house.

Think before you spend. Young children are more likely to play with the box your expensive gift came in.

Older children, like me, would prefer to be with family, sharing the warmth of the fire, laughing, getting kid hugs, hugs from older kids, like my 48 year old are some of the best.

Merry Christmas to all

Common Sense Will Avoid Big Debts

Equinox arrives at Tiny Farm on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm CDT. This is the official start of Oklahoma’s Fall season.
Sun rise 7:22 am
Sunset: 7:29 pm

We are still having a few day’s reaching near 100 degrees, Monday’s forecast is calling for a high of 97 degrees, but, most day’s are now topping out closer to the mid-80’s and lows have been dropping into the high 50’s and low 60’s just before sunrise.

The holiday season count down begins.
1 day till Labor day
3 weeks to the start of Fall.
8 weeks to Halloween
12 weeks to Thanksgiving feast
16 weeks till Christmas
17 weeks and it will the start of our 2018 gardening season

Those fine folk at all those ‘mart’ stores are gearing up to relieve you of carrying around all that excess cash. Holiday sales are being advertised every where.

Don’t let all those store and website flashy sales pitches trick you into an impulse buy of products you don’t really need.
Ask yourself, do I really need a TV/entertainment system that cost more that my yearly food expense?

Make yourself a holiday budget and ‘Stick’ to your budget.
Don’t spring for a $1000.00 smart phone when the phone you have is working fine.

Treat yourself to an evening cuddled up with a cup of tea or hot coco and a good seed catalog.

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Dad’s Day To Get The Kids Off To School

Daughter: Dad can you put my hair up in a pony tail?
Dad: Sure no problem


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Grandson’s DIY House Project, July Update

Grandson’s home/hand built house is now dried in. Walls, roof sheeting, windows and doors are in place. Roof, window, door and corner flashing were completed this weekend. Now begins the long and costly process of interior framing, installation of plumbing and routing electrical wiring to wall plugs and lighting. Wall and ceiling insulating (fiberglass R19) will soon follow.

A few isolated thunderstorms have passed over southwest Oklahoma in the past few day’s but in my little corner of SW OK I recorded just over 1/2 inch of rain. Not very helpful, but, it’s better than nothing. So hose watering trees and vines continue.

I must be getting old, when I hear the popping sounds of fireworks my first thought is to set a sprinkler to wet grass neat my tiny home.
This year we have had enough spring and summer rains to produce a good amount of hay. That means that in most places pasture grass lands have been mowed and bailed for hay. Wheat has been harvested and fields plowed. This will be very helpful in limiting the spread of any accidental fires set by careless people discharging fireworks this July holiday.
Just to be on the safe side today I will mow grass and weeds very short around my tiny house, chicken coop and storage building and keep a water hose at the ready in the event a fire does breakout.

I’m not sure if this is good or bad news, but, a good number of city sponsored firework displays have been canceled due to funding short falls.

Happy and safe 4th holiday.

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Handmade Home Project

north east house view

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Grandson’s handmade house project is off and running again this year after an infusion of cash received from his income tax refund check. Grandson’s house project is a multi-year project, but, in the end he will not have a 30 year home bank loan to deal with. This project is being bought and paid for as cash and time allows.

The plan. My original plan called for the concrete slab to be 51 feet 2 inches by 30 feet 2 inches. As with many concrete form-up jobs, things did not go by the original plan. The slab was actually closed to 50 foot 9 inches on one side and 50 foot 7 inches on the other. What the heck, what’s 5 or 7 inches one way or the other. Grin… to late to be overly concerned the concrete is poured and cured.

Concrete slab was poured and red iron steel frame up work was accomplished last summer(2016). Wall height is 10 feet from floor to the bottom of the roof sheeting with a 4 in 12 roof pitch. This year(2017) Wall sheeting, roof sheet, trim, windows and outside doors will be in place in another weekend or maybe two weekends.

southwest view of house Once dried in, grandson can work in a dry environment and begin interior framing of room walls and doors. Installing electrical wiring, plumbing for bathroom, washroom and kitchen.

Note: Carport project is on hold until son-n-law and grandson complete drying in the house project.

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First Speeding Ticket??

This is just to good not to pass on.

1896 Arnold Benz Motor Carriage is largely held to be the very first car to receive a speeding ticket.

The 19th century was a tough place to have an automobile. The law at the time required drivers to maintain a speed of no more than 2 mph and be proceeded by someone walking in front of the vehicle waving a red flag. For reference, that’s a little quicker than the average speed of an ambling cow.

Exceeding the speed limit, traveling at an estimated 8 mph. To make maters worse, no one was running ahead, waving a red flag. He was convicted of speeding and made to pay a lofty fine of a shilling “plus costs.”