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Living in Filth: Fruit Fly Edition
I didn’t think we lived in filth exactly, but the fruit fly situation in my kitchen suggested otherwise. Maybe it’s unavoidable if you have fruit on your counter in the summer months. Or I could just be gross.
But there’s no reason to live that way! I googled “fruit fly trap” and had a fly caught in my trap within 10 minutes. 
You pour some cider vinegar into the bottom of a jar. Add a drop of dish soap and swirl so everything’s mixed. The cider vinegar attracts the flies (insert “more flies with honey than vinegar” joke here) and the soap breaks the surface tension so instead of sitting on top of the vinegar, the flies sink to their watery (vinegary?) deaths. 
The instructions I found said to cover the whole thing with plastic wrap into which you poke holes. Some internet sources say you don’t need the plastic wrap cover, but I also noticed a few flies caught within the plastic wrap that hadn’t yet sunk into the vinegar. It might encourage them to land in the vinegar rather than flying off?
Anyway, not even 24 hours later, there are many flies in the trap and no noticeable flies on my fruit.

Living in Filth: Fruit Fly Edition

I didn’t think we lived in filth exactly, but the fruit fly situation in my kitchen suggested otherwise. Maybe it’s unavoidable if you have fruit on your counter in the summer months. Or I could just be gross.

But there’s no reason to live that way! I googled “fruit fly trap” and had a fly caught in my trap within 10 minutes.

You pour some cider vinegar into the bottom of a jar. Add a drop of dish soap and swirl so everything’s mixed. The cider vinegar attracts the flies (insert “more flies with honey than vinegar” joke here) and the soap breaks the surface tension so instead of sitting on top of the vinegar, the flies sink to their watery (vinegary?) deaths.

The instructions I found said to cover the whole thing with plastic wrap into which you poke holes. Some internet sources say you don’t need the plastic wrap cover, but I also noticed a few flies caught within the plastic wrap that hadn’t yet sunk into the vinegar. It might encourage them to land in the vinegar rather than flying off?

Anyway, not even 24 hours later, there are many flies in the trap and no noticeable flies on my fruit.

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  1. oldpinetree said: I have found red wine to be the best liquid. Fruit flies go nuts for it, and go right for the juice versus hanging at the top.
  2. muffpunch said: This also works with sweet wine! Fill a glass to the rim. The flies try to drink it and pretty much drown. The more you know.
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