So, this week we were invaded by fruit flies.
I bought some figs from the local produce market here, and it turns out one of them in the bottom of the container was rotten. A smart person would have gotten home and transferred the figs from the store container to her own bowl (so she could find the rotten fig at the bottom of the bunch), but it turns out I’m not that smart person.
Let’s just say…..lesson learned.
At first I thought I could just swat them. I woke up on Wednesday morning and saw a small flying speck out of the corner of my eye. I tracked it down and SQUISH! ..but then in a few moments I saw something else out of the corner of my eye again! SQUISH! It was infuriating!
I recruited the kids and next thing you know we were all on a bug hunting frenzy. We must have taken out at least 30 tiny fruit flies.
Problem was, they were still flying in and out of our sight!
Well, I traced the source to the figs and those went right out to the dumpster, but now we still had to deal with the problem in our kitchen.
A quick google search gave me all the details on the life cycle of fruit flies, how high school students study fruit flies for hereditary factors, and how fruit flies like rotten fruit. ….great….but a random conversation with an elderly neighbor brought up the topic and she swore by her Grandmother’s Plan from the Old Country (though what country the Old Country actually WAS was pretty vague…). Anyways, she told me to pour some apple cider vinegar into a short mason jar, put plastic wrap over the top, and poke some holes in it. The flies will be attracted to the smell and get stuck in the jar and drown.
I sent Hubby to the hardware store to do **something** to fix the problem, and in the mean time I tried the vinegar jar thingy.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, the vinegar jar almost immediately caught a dozen fruit flies! It was crazy! And there were a few walking around the top of the plastic wrap that were clearly interested in the smell and just hadn’t fallen into the holes yet. ((my kids were FASCINATED watching the bugs get attracted to the jar and then climb in and then fall in….better than reality tv!))
Hubby came back with some sticky tape type thing to hang from the ceiling that supposedly catches flies, but for the $3 per roll he bought, they didn’t do anything to actually attract the flies. If one was dumb enough to happen by the super strong glue tape they got stuck – but that was about it.
Another method I tried was the smashed banana funnel.
In this one, you smash up a banana (did you know fruit flies LOVE banana?? Yup. Learn something new every day). Anyways, you smash up a banana and stick it in the bottom of a jar. You fold some paper into a funnel shape – you know, large at the top, tiny hole at the bottom – and you seal it shut with plastic wrap or tape.
First – – – Yes. Yest that is a sheet of my daughter’s homework that I folded up to make the funnel shape with. Sorry Ms. R. if you’re seeing this!!!
Second – – – this method totally worked and got the fruit flies in there…the problem is….now what!? The flies in the vinegar jars drown and die. These guys? They’re still happily eating nasty mushy old banana and flying around in their little trap. Do I wait for them to die off? I happen to like the vase I used as the jar so I’m not going to just chuck the whole thing….
….as of right now, the jar, the nasty rotting smashed banana, and the trapped flies are still sitting on my table waiting for me to come up with some sort of End Game for this little experiment. If you have any solutions as how to get the flies outta here and yet still save my vase, please let me know!
So yeah. That was our journey this week.
This weird little food blog page is posting today NOT about a great new food recipe we found, but instead about what can happen when you buy food and things go horribly wrong.
Come on, you know we’ve all been there in the past.
Now you know what works for fruit flies. AND if you want a permanent conversation opener on your kitchen table, just catch a couple dozen fruit flies in a funnel jar because you can’t figure out how to end the situation!!
Have a great weekend everyone!