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Does anyone make their own fruit fly culture lids?
I have a large number of lids that I would like to use up. I think I have a couple hundred lids. :eek:
I don't want to drill them, that would take too much time. Not sure what hole size to use to keep hydei in the container.
A hole punch and fabric would seem pretty easy, but I cannot find adhesive fabric in my internet searches.
Anyone have a suggestion?
Thanks much!!
 

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I had some containers that I wanted to use for fruit flies. I drilled a large hole in each lid using a keyhole saw, and glued a dishwashing pad over the hole.
 

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Do your lids have any ventilation in them already? If not, I would think that you could just cut the middle out of your lids and use Noseeum mesh with a hot glue gun. Noseeum mesh has the advantage that it isn't stretchy like panty hose is. Drilling thin plastic is a pill. Maybe cutting one big hole (roundish? square?) with a sharp blade or scissors would be easier and faster.

I will say that I have had great luck reusing the fabric lids that you can buy at various online resellers. I think I have been using the same set of 50 or so cups and lids for 2 years or more. So, that's something to consider, too. I know you already have bunch of lids you want to use, but for other folks, this could be an option.

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I made my own lids. I cut a hole about 2 1/4" and hot glued organza fabric over it. You can change the size of the hole depending on the humidity in your area.
 

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Do your lids have any ventilation in them already?
Thanks for the suggestions. No, mine don’t have any ventilation yet. I really should reuse my lids. I buy the punched lids from Josh’s. I can’t stand the smell of an old culture, so I can’t get them out of the house fast enough at that point. I’m also going to try a Hobby Shop. I’m surprised there is no cloth with adhesive on it.
 

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It seems to me that the addition of synthetic fabric and hot glue kind of negates the environmental benefit of reusing lids, especially since the homebaked lids are very unlikely to last through as many reuses as the commercially available fabric lids. I have years of use on my fabric lids (and cups), too.
 
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It seems to me that the addition of synthetic fabric and hot glue kind of negates the environmental benefit of reusing lids, especially since the homebaked lids are very unlikely to last through as many reuses as the commercially available fabric lids.
Almost all of my homemade lids have lasted more than five years of reuse and are still going. I use the heavy duty deli lids and containers so they are more durable then the regular ones. Also you can reuse the containers and lids you get from places like Costco and never have to buy them again. Another benefit is that they are easier to wash than the commercial fabric lids.
 

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Anyone have any recommendations on how to wash our proverbial commercial fabric lids? I use Wonton Soup containers from my local Chinese take-out (they're a lot sturdier than store bought) and I buy commercial fabric lids.
 

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Anyone have any recommendations on how to wash our proverbial commercial fabric lids? I use Wonton Soup containers from my local Chinese take-out (they're a lot sturdier than store bought) and I buy commercial fabric lids.
When my cxs are done, I put them in the freezer overnight. Then I pop out the frozen media and excelsior, and soak the cups and the lids in water (sometimes with dish soap, sometimes not) at least 24 hours. Then I hand wash the cups and fabric lids with hot soapy water and a sponge, air dry the cups and soak the lids overnight in my sanitize tub (2 tsp regular bleach in one gallon water). Any stuff that didn't get washed off the lids goes away during the sanitize soak (and after that I replace the sanitize solution, of course, which I always have sitting covered on the counter in the reptile room).

After clean and dry, the cups and lids get stored in the freezer to keep grain mites off until next use.
 

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Does anyone make their own fruit fly culture lids?
I have a large number of lids that I would like to use up. I think I have a couple hundred lids. :eek:
I don't want to drill them, that would take too much time. Not sure what hole size to use to keep hydei in the container.
A hole punch and fabric would seem pretty easy, but I cannot find adhesive fabric in my internet searches.
Anyone have a suggestion?
Thanks much!!
I use mason jars with coffee filter lids. Easy to use, plus you just wash the glass and the lid, throw away the biodegradeable coffee filter lid.
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Does anyone make their own fruit fly culture lids?
I have a large number of lids that I would like to use up. I think I have a couple hundred lids. :eek:
I don't want to drill them, that would take too much time. Not sure what hole size to use to keep hydei in the container.
A hole punch and fabric would seem pretty easy, but I cannot find adhesive fabric in my internet searches.
Anyone have a suggestion?
Thanks much!!
I use pint canning jars with the metal rings and cut paper towels that are held on by the rings. Cheapest resusable culture containers. Scrub the containers with a baby bottle brush and wash in the dishwasher. The rings I don't wash. They will rust when washed in the dishwasher. Been using the same containers and rings for 20 years.
 
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