Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fruit Fly Remedy

It's October....shouldn't the fruit flies have died a slow, frosty death by now??  My doors are seldom left open long these days, and yet these little pests continue to find their way to my fruit, time after time.  They're not the worst thing to find in your house, but I still hate knowing they're around.  So recently when my mother-in-law told me about a simple, non-toxic remedy to get rid of fruit flies made of common household products, I was eager to try it.  And guess what?  It works like a charm!  And it could not be easier to make.  Here's what you'll need:


 
Apple Cider Vinegar (or other vinegar)
Karo Syrup (corn syrup)
Liquid dish soap
small shallow dish


Instructions:  Get a small, shallow dish.  I use a baking ramekin because the surface is so smooth, sometimes the flies fall right in just perching on the edge!  DIE, SUCKAS!  Pour about 1/4-1/2 cup apple cider vinegar in the dish (should be about 1/2 inch deep).  You can use other vinegars, but the smell of apple cider vinegar mimics the smell of fermenting fruit so well, it's got to be a fruit fly's fondest dream!  Next pour about 1 teaspoon of Karo syrup into the ramekin.  I don't measure it, but it eyeballs out to be a dollop the size of a quarter.  Last pour in 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap.  Stir it up gently until it's evenly mixed; you don't want to make bubbles.  Set it out on the counter a foot or two away from your fruit.




This works so well, that literally within 3-4 minutes of setting it out, the first fruit fly will bite the dust.  I took this picture 20 minutes later:

 
It's hard to see because they mostly sink, but there are already 9 fruit flies in there!  And the crazy thing is, although it never seems like there are more than 2 or 3 flying around, by a few hours later, my dish will be full of at least 30-50 fruit flies! 

 
 


As my flies converge, gorge and die, I leave the dish out--maybe a day--then I dump it out. If I continue to see fruit flies, I refill it. But as long as I don't leave out any cut fruit or leave fruit with bruises or wounds in the bowl, they usually stay away from then on.


Easy, huh?  Try it and see how fast those suckers dive into your apple cider death trap! 

4 comments:

Charlie Holmberg said...

I've been getting fruit flies lately too, so I'm glad you posted this! I don't even leave fruit out, but I find them here and there. I put up a fly strip, we'll see what that does...

My mom always goes at them with a vacuum.

I would totally pin this on Pinterest, but the site sucks right now and refuses to let me log into my account. :/

Jillybean said...

Windex kills them too, just spray it on them while they're flying around and they'll drop dead mid-flight.

L said...

I tried a variation of that - no corn syrup. And I put a sheet of plastic wrap over the top with pinholes punched in it. It was not as fast as yours, but within a few days every fly that had been in my house was drowned in the vinegar. You should know it's the soap that does it. It breaks their water resistance, and they sink right in.

FairyGrandmother said...

I tried a variation of that - no corn syrup. And I put a sheet of plastic wrap over the top with pinholes punched in it. It was not as fast as yours, but within a few days every fly that had been in my house was drowned in the vinegar. You should know it's the soap that does it. It breaks their water resistance, and they sink right in.