Thursday, October 14, 2010

You know those bloggers who. . .

. . . can spin anything in their lives into some kind of lesson or aha moment?  Well, I've been sitting here for 20 minutes trying to figure out what in the world I could write about a fruit fly infestation and well, I got nothing folks.

Nothing but a zillion breeding nasty little bugs flying around my kitchen.  I have googled and prayed for a miracle and well, they are still comfortable in my cozy kitchen.  Anyone else see a life lesson in fruit flies?  Anyone?  Anyone?

And here is a fun link to superhero capes (found on one of my favorite blogs) for anyone that is interested.  


  1. Before philosophizing on their cosmic purpose I thought you might like to know how to get rid of them. Get a giant jar with a small neck. You know, like an industrial strength food service jar. Empty. Then put banana peels and rotting fruit and other stuff the little buggers love in the bottom of the jar. Make sure there is no other fruit or food to tempt them laying around. Only what's in the jar. Put this on the counter at night, just before you go to bed. Also set out a plate or lid of some kind that is right at hand. In the morning the little suckers will all be in the jar having a party--ha ha ha. Little do they know the party's over. Stealthily lower the lid. They don't like movement or noise. Bingo. They are trapped. Now you can make noise. Laugh at them as they fly around the jar in a panic. You can even laugh maniacally depending on how long they have infested your kitchen. Then take them outside, turn on the hose, move the lid a smidge and drown them. Now as to what it all means.......I'll think about that and get back to you.

  2. MARY!

    I have the BEST homemade trap for fruit flies.

    1 - Put all your fruit and produce in the fridge so there is nothing out that they could get into...
    2 - Get a jar or cup or preferably something you can just throw out. (Like a plastic cup)
    3 - Fill it with about an inch of apple cider vinegar.
    4 - Tightly cover the top with saran wrap and secure with a rubberband around the top.
    5 - Using a fork carefully poke holes in the saran wrap without causing a rip in the saran wrap. (Sometimes this takes two tries).

    Watch them get trapped. They will land on the cup and figure out how to get inside through the tiny holes in the plastic wrap. But, then they can't figure out how to get out! They eventually give up and fall into the vinegar which dissolves them. (gross). Throw it out after about 48 hours. Start a new one and repeat until they are ALL gone.

    Works every time.

    I had a bad problem with fruit flies one summer in Boston. They had a life span of about 24 hours and their little eggs hatch within about 24-48 hours. So once you've had your trap out for 3-4 days, you should have caught ALL of the fruit flies! HOORAY!

    **another tip is to check your disposal. Sometimes bits of fruit will remain there attracting the fruit flies.

  3. Awesome suggestions lady. I'm going to try them both. Thank you for taking the time to write them out!