This time of year, fruit flies come a callin’ and fruit bowls across the country play host to these uninvited guests.
Where do they come from? These little PITAS have a nose for produce and can smell a ripe piece of fruit (or a glass of Pinot Grigio) from afar. And, since these winged home invaders are so tiny they can easily find their way inside our kitchens.
They may also hitch a ride home on the fruits or vegetables we buy at the grocery store via eggs laid on the skin of ripe or fermenting fruit. Creeeeeeeepy.
Fruit flies can develop from egg to adult in just 8 days. Kids — they just grow up so fast these days. And they are persistent little buggers. Even if you get rid of the produce on your counter, it may not help. They don’t actually need fruit to keep reproducing. They can breed in other mmmmoist (ick…I hate that word) surfaces like inside your plumbing, or on an old sponge or dish cloth.
If you cruise Pinterest you’ll find loads ways to construct your own traps. I’ve used dish soap and vinegar in the past. It works fairly well, but it looks vile. I really don’t want a bowl of drowning bugs on my counter top thank you. Plus, the vinegar smell makes me gag.
A company called Mosquito Shield sent me one of their Fruit Fly Traps to try. You simply bait it with ripe fruit (a chunk of ripe banana works perfectly…red wine too!) and hang it over your fruit bowl or set it on your counter. Fruit flies are captured and unable to escape. Every few days just empty, wash and re-use. The apple is much nicer to look at than the putrid bowl of fruit fly carcasses drowning on my counter. I may not like bugs, but I’m not a monster.
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* Not a sponsored post. Fruit flies just really gross me out.