SOS Mom Saver: Get Rid of Fruit Flies (The Easy Way)

Even though the hottest temperatures aren't yet upon us, summer is here.  With summer, comes fruit flies!


They're nasty.  They're disgusting.  They're nasty.  They're unsanitary.  They're nasty.  They make your house feel dirty (at least they do to me).  Did I mention that they're nasty?

So what do you do?  I've read and tried just about every solution out there.  Some of them are really effective, but they're also really complicated or require materials that I don't usually have on hand or want to dedicate to fly-catching all summer.  I want effective AND easy.

I can be picky that way.

The solution I've found is cheap, effective, and easy.  Plus, if a child or dog should happen to get into your mixture, it's not going to hurt them.

You put apple cider vinegar in a bowl.  Add a couple drops of dish soap and watch.  Well, you don't literally have to watch.  But if you're easily entertained you can.  I keep a natural, chemical-free dish soap just for this purpose so that my mixture really is non-toxic.  You know, except for the dead flies floating in it.

In other words, you can't really catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.  Well, you might attract just as many, but they won't go into the honey and be trapped by dish soap and die a brutal death of water-boarding with honey.  They'll just sit on top and breed while laughing at you for thinking that the honey would actually attract them INTO it and kill them.

Don't ask me how I know this.

What can I say?  I'm a curious sort.  And I talk to flies.  Apparently.

And also, I hate fruit-flies.  Therefore, I have no qualms about experimenting with ways to kill them.

Wow.  That makes me sound really sadistic, doesn't it?

Don't worry.  I'm just that way with small children fruit flies.

1 comment:

Luke Holzmann said...

Thanks for the tip! Fruit flies like our house too, and I've been looking for an easy way to get rid of them.