Thursday, October 17, 2013

How to catch (and kill) fruit flies

Fruit Flies Suck

I cannot figure out why those tiny flying annoyances are still around in the middle of autumn but they are. I even quit buying bananas because I store mine on the counter and not in the fridge like some do. Those little flying bastards were everywhere… including on and around the baby's clean sippy cups, spoons, and pi-pis. Not cool.

First I tried the banana peel in a bowl with plastic wrap covering the top, poked full of holes. That seemed to trap them but then when it came time to empty the bowl due to the rotting banana peel, I had no choice but to take it outside and "free" them. 

More research led me to discover, YET AGAIN, the power of VINEGAR!! Here goes:

- a plastic cup
- dish detergent
- vinegar (I had success with red wine and distilled)

Squirt a small amount of dish soap into the cup, pour in about 1/4 cup of vinegar in the cup, then add in tap water quickly so it produces lots of bubbles. Sit the cup in a high-traffic fly area and wah-lah-- dead flies. 

They are attracted to the vinegar, go in for a closer peek, and find themselves caught up in the bubbles which ultimately suffocate them. Sounds cruel, I know but it had to be done.

I hope this is helpful. 


  1. Katie, since first becoming your friend on FB, I have thoroughly enjoyed your writing style, your sassy sense of humor, and your sweet musings on motherhood, family, married life, and more. I look forward to following your blog regularly.

    1. I'm glad you enjoy it! I need to blog more often. :)