To Catch a Fruit Fly

I have no idea how they came, but fruit flies have taken over my sink area.

I have heard if a home-made trap for them, using apple cider vinegar and a little bit of dish soap in a jar with plastic wrap over the top and some holes punched in the top.

I was thinking it wasn’t working. I’ve had it sitting on a rack directly above my kitchen sink for a week, and every time I look at it, there are fruit flies ON TOP of the plastic wrap, none going in the holes.

The concept is that fruit flies are stupid and once the sweet smell of the apple cider vinegar entices them to come through the hole I poked, they won’t be able to find their way back out. The dish soap is simply to break the surface tension so that the fruit fly can’t stand in top of the AC vinegar.

But today, when I went to take a picture for this blog post of how it’s not working… Look what I found at the bottom of the jar!

Apparently that dish-soap-breaking-the-surface-tension worked!

I wonder if we’ll ever be completely rid of them…? All fruit has been eaten or put in the fridge, so I don’t know where they could be coming from, I didn’t think they had a very long life span.

We’ll be moving soon, at any rate, so at least I’ll be rid of them then!

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