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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Getting Rid of Fruit Flies

My first experience with fruit flies was in college.  I had a crazy (wonderfully good crazy) professor who taught a great class called Science for Elementary Education (or something like that).  We basically created a habitat for fruit flies and then invited them to come live in our 2-liter bottles.  

My next experience was not so contained.  When we returned from our honeymoon, our apartment had fruit flies.  The source?  A shoulder bag I had used for school...and the RIPE banana inside of it.  

A couple weeks ago we had fruit flies.  I actually started using my garbage disposal on a daily basis because of those pesky flies. 
Right about that time, a friend mentioned that she had success using vinegar to remove fruit flies.  Thank you, Stephanie!!  I decided to try it, too.  I put one drop of dish detergent in a little bowl of vinegar.  
The nasty pests would visit the bowl, but they didn't drown.  So I put plastic wrap on it and poked holes in it. This was even less effective.  But I knew Stephanie and others had had success with vinegar, so I took off the plastic wrap.

The next morning I took this picture.  (The vinegar seemed to turn cloudy.)
The little dears finally drowned!  I had victory...at least over some of them.  It took a while, but they are gone!

3 comments:

Debbie said...

I found that apple cider vinegar works better then white vinegar. The fruit smell really seams to attract them.

Christy said...

Good to know - they drive me crazy!!!!!!

I hope all is well!!!

Pest Control Portland said...

We agree that apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural fruit fly killer.

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