Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Art of Fruit Fly Catching

How do I get rid of fruit flies, you ask? Simple.

Get yourself a clean, recycled container, a jar or a bottle. One that has a tight fitting lid is the best, like a peanut butter or jelly jar but you can be creative with what you have lying around. Place some ripe fruit scraps in the bottom.

Grab a piece of paper. Form it in the shape of a cone, with a tiny hole at one end, like this:

Put your cone in to your container, point side down. Now use tape liberally around the top of your container. Like this:

Fruit flies smell their way to the fruit. They will find their way in to your jar, eat until they are very content and then try to get out by flying upward... they all get caught around the edge of the jar where you have taped the paper (so be sure there is a good, tight seal there or you will just have a lot of fat and happy fruit flies around your kitchen).
When your jar is full, scrunch the paper down in to the jar and screw the lid on tightly. Throw the whole thing away.
Viola! No more fruit flies.

1 comment:

Lanita said...

I will have to try that. We had SO many fruit flies when we had the peaches and pears. But of course, everytime I bring bananas home the fruit flies seem to multiply exponentially:) Thanks for the tip.