Friday, August 04, 2017

Death to the Fruit Flies

This time of year is brutal for all kinds of bugs. Mosquitoes are my main enemy outdoors, but indoors I war against the fruit flies. I face an invasion each July and August, and they drive me batty. I empty my compost bin constantly, and try to keep things covered, but the little pests are everywhere. The best weapon I have found is a simple glass of vinegar and dish soap.

I keep a couple of these on my counter at all times, and change every couple of days. Just pour in about an inch of apple cider vinegar, and then a small squirt of dish soap. The vinegar attracts the flies, and the dish soap traps them. Some folks will cover the glass with plastic wrap and poke some holes, but I find that's not necessary if you add the detergent.

I get a sick sense of glee when I see all those dead flies at the bottom of the glass. This was after one night. Every other day I dump the solution and the flies down the drain, rinse the glass and set up again. Easy and effective pest control!

Do you have any tips for getting rid of fruit flies? What's your favourite method?

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