Friday, September 9, 2011

Recipe for a Death Trap

I hate fruit flies.  They seem so slow, so sluggish, when buzzing around.  Yet I never can seem to catch/smash them.  Plus they're always all over my food or flowers.  Disgusting.

And apparently I'm not the only one that was invaded by fruit flies this past week.  My factors included over-ripe peaches and open windows/doors.  Luckily I stumbled across this suggestion a while ago.  (Sorry, I don't remember where, so I can't give credit where credit is due.) 

Fruit Fly Death Trap
1 part red wine
1 part white vinegar
a squirt of dish soap (I use Dawn...  which I'm not sure why I use Dawn- probably b/c my mother uses it.)

*Make enough to fill a wide mouth glass to the brim.
*Mix it up good, but try not to make too many bubbles.  (You will make some bubbles- don't worry, they will pop over night.) 
*Set the glass out on your counter top for 24-48hrs.
*Put away all other fruit fly temptations- fruit into the frig, trash closed up tight, no fresh flowers for the next day...
*Watch the little suckers drown. 
**Also, you may want to let your significant other know about your Death Trap, so they don't pour it down the drain.**

Seriously, that's it.  The wine/vinegar mixture attracts them.... well, like flies.  And the soap makes the surface tension of the liquid next to nothing.  They land to take a drink, slip in, and drown. (I love a little science in my home remedies!  I also love home remedies, that use things that I actually have in my house all the time!)

Once they are all gone, you now have a glass of vinegary-smelling wine, with dead fruit flies on the bottom.  But, I'd rather clean that up than deal with those little pests!

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