August 24, 2011

Grandma's Secret Weapons: Fruit Flies

I'm back! I had a fabulous trip and I am excited to get blogging again!
Mason had a good time too.

On my way home, I stopped by my Grandma's house and she shared a tip on getting rid of fruit flies.
I was shocked that she did not have one fruit fly in her home despite having fruit and vegetables on her counter. I don't know about you, but this time of year fruit flies are a common "guest" in every home I visit.
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Don't they drive you nuts?

Fruit Fly Facts:

  • They have a short lifespan, however, the warmer the temperatures the longer the lifespan. 
  • They can live up to 30 days. 
  • They are attracted to fruit, vegetables, soda, alcohol, and rotting food. 
  • Fruit flies have incredible eyesight, allowing them to see in almost any direction at the same time. So don't waste your time trying to swat them. They are too fast. 
How to get rid of them:
  • Find several containers. 
  • Place a half of an inch of vinegar in the bottom of the container. Red wine vinegar works the best as fruit flies are attracted to the smell of alcohol.
  • Place a few pieces of cut up fruit in the vinegar. 
  • Place saran wrap over the top of your container.
  • Poke several holes in the top of the saran wrap to allow the fruit flies into the container.
Grandma's secret weapon

I guess I'll be getting rid of my fly swatter!
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