Window bait station
Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Tired of having my bait concoctions drummed out of existence by recent downpours, I decided to pick an area sheltered from the rain yet easily accessible.
I settled on one of my bedroom windows, where I used various wood scraps to build a level mounting surface that would allow closing the sash. Using double-stick foam mounting tape, I secured a tupperware container on this surface, filled the bottom with water as an ant barrier, and placed my leftovers container, holding its mix of molasses, water, brewers' yeast, and wadded paper towel, in the middle of the tupperware container. Water will have to be added as the bait mixture evaporates. Active brewers' yeast can be purchased from home brewing suppliers. Check your Yellow Pages.
I saw the first fruit flies and one sap beetle arrive, but also fished one of the fruit flies, a mo*th, and a cli*ck beetle out of the ant moat. At that point I decided some sort of landing deck was in order, so I traced the rim of a leftovers container on a piece of foamcore art board, cut an opening with a scalpel, and mounted the landing pad.
The downside of this design is that you need to open the screen and must therefore keep the sash closed when not shooting arrivals. I'm glad it's not my only window :-)
I offer this system especially to those who are confined by circumstance or disability. Try a variety of baits and see what you can lure.
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