Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me
Nothing can ruin backyard grilling or a picnic faster than flies buzzing around, but one device created in Gainesville could solve the problem.
A group of University of Florida researchers have invented a new fly trap. It was designed to be used by soldiers deployed overseas. After a couple years of research, they came up with a collapsible model.
Flies are attracted to the trap's blue color, as well as black cords soaked with a chemical attractant and insecticide. After eating the mixture the flies quickly die, landing in the trap.
"We're producing fairly large quantities for our own experiments, but no commercial quantities and that's why we need a partner," said Roberto Pereira, who is one of the inventors.
There's also another model planned for everyday use in homes and restaurants. The team is currently trying to patent the device and find a company to manufacture it. It's been tested in parts of Florida and overseas in Egypt and Greece.
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