Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fruit Fly Frustration


Web photo credit 'fruitfly.wordpress.com'

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!

5 comments:

  1. Love this tidbit! TY for sharing ... good advice.
    Have a memorable & safe Memorial weekend.
    TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

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  2. Hey! don't have that problem - yet. But, will sure try this!
    Thanks
    Kathy

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  3. Wow Judith, What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Weather is toooo hot for this time of year. Take care, Jen.

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  4. Hi Judith... What an incredible picture of those nasty pests! Thanks for the advice.. Those little guys drive me nuts!
    Bella

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  5. I use fruit juice mixed with dish soap, but I imagine the apple cider vinegar would work even better. They are fascinating to watch, but a nuisance in the house.

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