Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Time To RePost This Little Gem if You Have Fruit Flies


I love Summer but I hate Fruit Fly season.  Seems that once they get in the house, there is no getting away from the little critters flying around the kitchen and getting into everything food related.

With less than a week left before a pile of company is due to arrive, I thought I'd try to get rid of the fruit flies.  So I did a little research.  After reading up on it, I found two methods that others swore by.  So I decided to do a little experiment and try both.

The first was the Martha Stewart method.  Just take a jar, stick a few pieces of over-ripe fruit in the bottom,  and then top it with a paper cone with a small cut in the bottom so the flies could get in but not back out.  To make a quick paper cone, I cut a corner off an envelope and snipped the point, opened it up and fit it into the top of the mason jar.  A little tape to hold it in place and I then screwed on the lid.  If you want to pass on the paper cone, just use a piece of clear plastic wrap on top held into place with an elastic band and poke a few holes in the plastic wrap.

The second method was passed down from someones grandmother.  This was easier since all you had to do was take a small container (I chose another canning jar) and place 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and 3 drops of dish soap inside.  No lid, no bother, no nothing.  Just sit it on the counter and wait.


Guess which worked best?  I had my money on Martha Stewart but Granny's method worked like a charm.  Not only did it work better, it looked a heck of a lot more appealing sitting on the counter than a dish of rotting fruit.  And if you don't have a glass canning jar, you could use a pretty china teacup or even a small crystal vase.




If you take a close look at the bottom of the cider jar, you can see fruit flies along the bottom.  I'm guessing it trapped more than 100 in less than 24 hours (I didn't realize there were that many in my house..ewwwwww!)  Martha's method trapped around 10.

So if fruit flies are taking over your kitchen, give Granny's method a try and let me know what you think.


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4 comments:

Simply Suthern said...

Excuse me!!!

Martha used MY method. She gets way too much credit. I've done it that for years.

However I will gladly yield to Granny's method if it works as well as you say.

I does look a whole lot better.

BTW, If you wernt so busy rotting fruit to catch them with you might not have so dang many to start with.

Linda R. said...

Thanks for sharing. Those little fruit flies annoy the hell out of me. I'm going to try it out as soon as I get home.

Camille Griffiths said...

Thanks for sharing!! We have a huge fruit fly problem right now, I will definitely try this.

Anita said...

I get hit with this problem at least once a year. I've written down Granny's very easy solution (I can't trust myself to remember it) and will use it when we're attacked again. Thanks!