Rotorua Review - - GARDENING -

The first blowfy buzzed by and re­minded me to re­fresh the fly traps. A fe­male blowfly can lay around 2,000 eggs in a life­time. Deal­ing to a few flies in early sum­mer will cut down the num­bers later. Use a com­mer­cial trap and bait or make your own. Cut across a plas­tic bot­tle about one third of the way down from the top. Put bait in the bot­tom sec­tion. I use a mix­ture of yeast, a lit­tle sugar and some warm wa­ter which builds up a stink after a cou­ple of days. Or use a small piece of meat, rot­ting fruit or cat food. In­vert the top. Add a wire han­dle and hang where flies tend to con­gre­gate – usu­ally in sunny, shel­tered spots – but where the smell won’t bother you or the neigh­bours.

The flies can get in the hole at

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