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Self-made flytrap catches thousands of flies in a week
自製十元捕蠅器 一週抓上萬隻

Chen Ming-shun, person in charge at the Tung-Nien Holiday Resort, holds a net with dead flies in Chiayi County. One of the resort employees, Su Ying-chia, designed the flytrap using a net.
嘉義縣童年度假村負責人陳明順手拿著裝著死蒼蠅的網子。這個捕蠅器由度假村員工蘇盈嘉用網子設計作成。

Photo: Lin Yi-chang, Taipei Times
照片:自由時報記者林宜樟

The arrival of summer brings record high temperatures and all those annoying flies flying around everywhere. Customers at the Tung-Nien Holiday Resort in Chiayi County keep complaining about the huge amount of flies. Su Ying-chia, an employee at the resort, spent only a little more than NT$10 to design a flytrap that has managed to catch thousands of flies in a mere week’s time, so that now customers and people living in the neighborhood no longer have to tolerate all those bothersome flies.

Chen Ming-shun, the person in charge at the Tung-Nien Holiday Resort, said that as soon as summer arrives, flies scurry around all over the place, and are very difficult to catch. Even though a net surrounds the barbecue equipment, it is still hard to keep away all the flies, and customers often complain. If they used insecticides, it would pollute the environment and be poisonous to humans, so initially they did not know how to solve the issue.

In order to reduce the number of flies, Su spent a long time observing the insect’s behavior, and eventually discovered that whenever they got into small enclosed spaces, they would only fly upwards, sideways, and forwards, but never tried to get out from the bottom. Thus, Su came up with his simple flytrap design.

The flytrap is made from a net and an empty plastic bottle. First the bottle is cut in half, then a few holes are cut out near the bottom, and a raw fishtail is placed at the bottom. A metallic wire props up the net from inside, and the plastic bottle is fixed tightly to the bottom of the net using rubber bands or metallic wire after a hole is made in the net. The apparatus is then hung outdoors near an area where flies are found coming in and out.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. tolerate v.

忍受 (ren3 shou4)

例: I can no longer tolerate all the noise coming from next door.

(我無法再忍受從隔壁傳來的所有噪音。)

2. poisonous adj.

有毒的 (you3 du2 de5)

例: There are around a dozen kinds of poisonous snakes indigenous to Taiwan.

(台灣約有十來種本土毒蛇。)

3. apparatus n.

裝置 (zhuang1 zhi4)

例: He has to wear a breathing apparatus when sleeping because his narcolepsy is so severe.

(由於他猝睡症太嚴重,所以睡覺時必須穿帶呼吸裝置。)


Chen said the flies rush into the flytrap as soon as they smell the raw fish. Once they enter the trap, they can only fly around inside the net and eventually die after growing exhausted. An entire bag is usually filled up within just one or two days. With nets placed in several different spots, it is shocking to think that around a dozen bags of flies are thrown out within just a few days, weighing in at around 6kg, roughly estimated to be around 10,000 flies.

Chen said his invention is cheap, does not pollute the environment, and is easy to use. He has already made around a dozen for people in neighboring communities.

(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY TAIJING WU)

入夏後,氣溫屢創新高,惱人的蒼蠅四處飛,嘉義縣童年度假村因大量蒼蠅讓遊客抱怨連連。員工蘇盈嘉設計成本僅新台幣十多元的捕蠅器,短短一星期就抓了上萬隻蒼蠅,讓遊客及附近居民終於不必再忍受煩人的蒼蠅!

童年度假村負責人陳明順說,每年到了夏季,蒼蠅四處亂竄又難抓,度假村的烤肉設施,雖然架設紗網卻難以防範,遊客經常抱怨。但若噴灑殺蟲劑恐將造成污染,對人體也是有毒的,不知如何解決。

員工蘇盈嘉為減少蒼蠅,長期觀察蒼蠅的習性,發現蒼蠅若鑽到較小的密閉空間時,只會往上方、往旁與往前飛,不會從下方鑽出,因此構思設計簡易的捕蠅器。

簡易捕蠅器用紗網加上空寶特瓶做成,先將寶特瓶剪成一半,靠近底部附近剪出幾個小洞,底部則放入生魚尾巴。接著在紗網中用鐵絲撐開,下方剪開洞後將寶特瓶放入,用橡皮筋或鐵絲拴緊,最後這裝置懸掛在蒼蠅出沒的屋外附近。

陳明順說,蒼蠅聞到生魚味道不斷衝進捕蠅器,繞進去後,只能在網中飛舞,疲憊死亡後落在袋中,才放一、兩天就滿滿一袋,三、四個放置點,沒幾天共倒了十幾袋,秤重約有六公斤,粗估捕獲上萬隻蒼蠅,相當嚇人。

陳明順說,由於捕蠅器成本低又沒有污染,非常好用,他已製作十多個供附近社區民眾使用。

(自由時報記者林宜樟)

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