Sunday, May 22

Rid your home of fruit flies and a big Thank You

Post from the Past:

Before I proceed to my regularly scheduled post I want to say Thank You.

Thank you to all those who follow my blog, subscribe to my blog, comment on my posts, read my ramblings, enter my giveaways, send me e-mails, and blog about my blog. I sincerely appreciate your support, your friendship, and your input.

Every time I open my blog and I see 1 new follower or read a comment someone has left for me it brings me such joy. When I started this blog, a little over a year ago, it was simply a way for me to express the excitement I was feeling about starting my eco-journey. I had no idea that it would grow and evolve into what it has. The blogging community may be difficult for non-bloggers to appreciate and understand but to me, it truly is a community and one that I enjoy being a part of. So thank you.

Now speaking of the blogging community....

I was reading one of my favorite blogs, enviromom, when I scrolled down to the post titled: How to get rid of fruit flies. I jumped for joy after reading her simple and natural solution on how to rid my home of the pesky fruit flies that were invading us (specifically my daughter's room which had become home to not only our fruit flies but to all the fruit flies in the surrounding states)
  • Put a little cider vinegar in a small bowl or jar, along with a piece of fruit (I used an apple core.)
  • Cover it tightly with a piece of plastic (I used old bread wrappers) and poke a few small holes in the plastic with a toothpick.
  • The flies will be attracted to the smell and will find their way in, but won't be able to get out.
  • When you've caught a few dump them outside (in your compost bin!) and do it again until you are fruit-fly free.
This worked like a charm! I could not believe how quickly the flies entered the container (and stayed in there).

I actually placed 3 containers around the house; 1 in the kitchen, 1 outside my daughter’s room, and one in my daughter’s room. After a couple of days I replaced them (the order will get pretty strong if you leave the container for more than a day)

We are not totally fruit fly free but pretty dang close.

Thank you enviromom! (My daughter especially says thanks)


Eco Yogini said...

I LOVE this trick. it's awesome.

I also was surprised at the blogging community here- I've learned SO much from everyone :)

Thank YOU for sharing your experiences and lessons as well!


Willo said...

This is what we did! But with mashed up banana and maples syrup. Along with removing fruit to the fridge and being a little more diligent about dishwashing, it took care of it!

Lisa Sharp said...

A banana peel in a bag also works. :)

Over Coffee - the green edition said...

Good to know Lisa!

Your welcome Eco Yogini! I have learned a lot too. And I know that there is still a lot more to learn.

That is a great suggestion too Willo. Thanks for sharing!
We have been buying less fruit more often so it does not sit out as long cuz organic fruit seems more prone to fruit flies. I guess they know the good stuff when they smell it ;-)