By Marissa Holden – The ultimate pest of working in an insect laboratory is runaway specimens. Nothing breaks my heart more than opening the lab door every morning to find fugitives flies recklessly buzzing about the lab. Regardless of whether they sneakily fluttered out of their enclosure whilst a fellow inmate was being prepped for an experiment, or escaped as larvae, the outcome is always a lengthy chase around the lab with an oversized net. Unfortunately for future escapees, I have hung a solution from the ceiling. Fly papers, which were angrily purchased after a frantic 2 hour chase. Hopefully this $5 contraption will not only save hours of time, but also scare courageous flies out of making a foolish decision.
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