26 August 2009

Miscellaneous Solution to Fruit Flies

a squirt or two of pear-flavored dish soap

The trick to getting rid of your fruit flies completely, of course, is to get rid of the things that brought them on to begin with. So to start, clean out the fruit basket, throw away the items attracting the flies, and empty the garbage can.

a glug or two of red wine vinegar

Next, set your sights to kill them. Mix together equal amounts of fruity-flavored dish soap and sweet vinegar in a shallow dish or saucer.

mix together and think happy thoughts

Apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar works best. You can cover it with plastic and poke holes in the top, which is optional. That's mainly to prevent accidental spills and slow down the evaporation process. I thought the plastic trapped the flies so they couldn't get back out, but I was wrong. Once I tried it without the plastic, and they just couldn't resist my deadly fruity concoction, and they drown in it. Leaving it uncovered also, in my opinion, attracted them more easily, since the smells weren't blocked by the plastic.

no photos of dead fruit flies--you'll just have to trust me!

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