Saturday, November 03, 2007

Home Economics 101: Ridding Your House of Fruit Flies

If you have ever had bananas go bad inside your home, you have no doubt encountered the common fruit fly. These little gnat-sized flies hover around the sink, any fresh fruit and the garbage can, looking for a tasty morsel in which to lay more eggs. If you haven't yet figured out how to get rid of them, you might soon find you have a full-blown infestation. However, there is an easy solution--no pun intended.

Take 1/2 cup of apple-cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of water and mix them together in an open jar or bowl. Add 1 drop of dishwashing detergent and let the concoction sit on your countertop or near the site of your infestation.

The ethers in the vinegar will attract the flies and they will light upon the surface of the water/vinegar solution. Because these flies are able to walk on liquid solutions, you added the drop of dishwashing liquid. It breaks the surface tension of the liquid and the flies sink to the bottom of the concoction. After you have collected your flies, you can simply pour them and the solution down the drain.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't begin to tell you how helpful this was! All summer I was plagued, tried applying a drop of vinegar to a fly strip (with limited results, naturally). A drop of dishwashing liquid - so devilishly simple. Thanks!

11/14/2007 09:11:00 AM  

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