Fruit Fly Be-Gone

Does anyone else have a fruit fly problem?  It’s not as if we have decomposing fruit on our counter.  I don’t know what keeps them looking for non-existent food sources but there they are, three of them, annoying us from the kitchen window.  And then suddenly there’s one in the bathroom in a – ahem – fruitless search for something to eat. 

I don’t remember what I was looking for but I stumbled upon a blog about this very issue.  A woman was writing about how she thought her husband’s idea for getting rid of the tiny fliers was silly…until it worked like a charm. So I tried it myself. In less than a day I trapped one of the little guys in what he apparently thought was either a small bowl of liquid sustenance or a teeny indoor swimming pool.  Today there’s a second body.  Believe me, I don’t normally get gleeful over anything’s demise but we are quite happy to be rid of these flies.

The fruit-fly bowl sits next to the apple bowl under the watchful eyes of my ceramic chickens.  It contains water, one dissolved sugar cube (a teaspoonful in other words) and a couple of drops of dish detergent.  Why add the detergent?  I have no idea, but I’m not going to mess with the inventor’s genius.  As I set the bowl out, a couple of flies buzzed at the window, intrigued, and I immediately knew I was onto something.  So it’s two down and one to go.  I’m not sure where the third fly has gone but I hope he has only left to fetch his swim trunks and plans to come back for a dip.