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Hot summer weather and the fruit on the counter starts to go bad........... Excerpt from my column this week:
'Fruit flies can be such a nuisance in the house. They seem to appear overnight and with their life cycle of ten days, can lay many eggs during this time. The key to control is sanitation by discarding overripe fruit, keeping the fruit bowl covered and wiping up spills and food crumbs right away.
The easiest method to control this pest is to put two and a half cm (one inch) of apple cider or balsamic vinegar in the bottom of a glass jar. Don’t use plain white vinegar, it won’t work as the others trick them into thinking there is rotting fruit in the jar.
Add a couple of drops of liquid detergent or dishwasher rinse agent and stir to combine with the vinegar. Place the jar in an area where flies are congregating and watch them swarm to the liquid. Normally fruit flies can land on water but adding the detergent or rinse agent breaks the surface tension, causing them to drown.'
Alas, no more fruit fly frustration - try saying that fast 3 times in a row!