FRUIT FLY DON’T BOTHER ME…

If like me you have been leaving your last garden produce out on your counters to ripen you probably are suffering from the same fate–swarms of tiny little brown flies.  They don’t bite, they don’t buzz, they are even hard to see, but they are annoying just the same.  And since it’s nice and toasty in our houses and starting to be a wee bit chill outside, they aren’t going to want to leave any time soon.  But of course you don’t want to start spraying any nasty pesticides in your kitchen (or anywhere, I hope) so what to do.  Fortunately, these little buggers are the super easy to trap and dispose of.  First, you need a lure.  Fruit flies are attracted to the smell of rotting produce–i.e. fermentation–so liquids like vinegar and wine work well.  Now all you need is to put it out in a bottle (preferably with a small neck so they don’t easily fly out) and add a few drops of dish soap to the liquid.  This will diffuse the surface tension and the little buggers won’t be able to get away and will drown.

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