Eegaloo!

EEGALOO= Houseflies (In Telugu)

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Ever felt highly irritated at the nasty house fly that never gives up and keeps coming back to sit on your burger in spite of your repeated attempts at shoo-ing it away. In India, the problem of waste disposal has led to many house-fly breeding grounds. You have juice, coffee or tea at a “thela” and throw the plastic cups in the “dustbin area ” right next to the stall. Swarms of flies start  appearing in the entire area. They tend to sit on the food and drinks you consume. I especially avoid the ketchup bottle kept in the Food court of my college as the opening of the bottle is nowhere to be seen, covered entirely with flies. I flinch at the thought of all the places these flies have visited before sitting on the ketchup bottle and all the harmful bacterial diseases they are carrying. House flies are a sign of filth and lack of maintenance and cleanliness.  I carried on with life doing nothing about housefly manifestation but did my best to avoid such places.

One fine day, I noticed a cool plastic sheet with many conical protrusions lying on one of the desks of our Innovation centre. What is it? Why did the conical protrusions have holes at the end? I saw Akshat, Ted and Shivangi discussing about “Fly traps” looking again and again toward the plastic sheet lying on the desk. I went to them and joined the conversation,” Hey guys, What’s happening?”  ” Ted sir made the first prototype of a flytrap. We are trying to find out the most effective way to automate the process and decide which plastic is best“, said Shivangi.  ” Cool, I would like to join too!

With lighters, candles, cones made of soda can metal, cones made of aluminium, cones made up of stainless steel and different kinds of plastic sheets and boxes, we sat for hours in a closed room experimenting for the best combination. We designed the boxes as well. The trick was to heat the plastic just enough to slightly melt it and then insert the aluminium cone so that the plastic takes its shape. The tip of the cone is then cut, which serves as an opening for flies to enter. The broad base facing outwards allows many flies to enter but does not allow the trapped flies inside to leave.  Also, it was concluded through experiments that tomato ketchup attracts flies the most and hence will be used as a bait inside the boxes.

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The aim of this project is to ultimately find a method to convert the trapped flies to useful fertilizer .Take a look at a few of the many prototypes developed. The product can enter manufacturing phase any moment now!

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