Monday, November 7, 2011

Catching Fruit Flies ~ A Fun Fruit Fly Trap

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Over the last few weeks I have been trying to methodically eliminate the fruit fly population in our house. Some methods that were effective for others, seemed to do little for us. I originally saw this post from Passionate Homemaking and

We’ve covered dishes with plastic wrap, filled dishes with vinegar, wine and more…but have one way that has been effective and fun {insert evil laugh here}.

Enter an old soda bottle.

I cut the top third off the bottle and inverted it back into the bottle to create a funnel. We’ve put a variety of things in the bottom of the bottle to draw the unsuspecting fruit flies in. Below you can see a mix of balsamic vinegar and old banana peel. Apple cores and slices have also been effective.

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The PLUS is…they are literally dropping like flies. When we have a fair amount of flies in the bottle flying around, I pop the bottle in the freezer for a short amount of time to freeze them. When I pull the bottle out, the flies are dead, the fruit thaws and back on the counter it goes to pull more in thanks to Passionate Homemaking for the freezer tip!}.

We recently received a microscope and are now excited to have a few specimens to examine up close and personal…and a few less to annoy us around the house!

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