Have you ever walked into your kitchen one day and realize something smells “off?”
That was me yesterday and I decided to get to the bottom of it. Turns out I had a rotten pear in the bottom of my fruit basket. So, so gross.
I immediately removed it and bleached the living daylights out of my counter. However, I now had a new problem…Drosophila melanogaster.
(Also known as the common fruit fly.)
So I turned to some of the best experts I know on Facebook - YOU for advice. And I’m pleased to report that most of my fruit flies are now gone! Yes, in less than one day!
I mixed red wine vinegar and dish soap and a little water. At first I tried adding saran wrap and poking holes, but I found it wasn’t working fast enough. So I removed the wrap and guess what? Still worked.
Other, less successful methods that we attempted:
- Swatting at them. (I only got one after about 10 swats.)
- Vacuuming them. (Hubby did this with the vacuum attachment, and while it did get a few of them, it was rather time consuming.)
- Spraying them with water. (I got about 4 this way.)
- A bowl of vinegar. (Didn’t get any – you NEED to add the soap.)
Apparently they are drawn to the sweetness in the red wine vinegar (and many of you recommended red wine or apple cider vinegar over plain), and somehow they get “stuck” in the soap. Again, I found the saran wrap a pretty unnecessary step – but your results may vary.