How to: When Fruit Flies Happen

So, I bought bananas and now I have a few fruit flies. Typical. If you don’t want to give up buying bananas, I’m here to help you set up a fool-proof way to put an end to the problem.

“I […] know who you are. I […] know what you want. If you are looking for [bananas] I can tell you I don’t have [any], but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for [flies] like you. If you [leave] now that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.”
—Liam Neeson, Taken

Liam Neeson is a total badass! Fruit flies beware, we have a “very particular set of skills” and we’re not afraid to use them.

First off we’ll need a few tools

  • Jar/cup/bowl any small container will do. (I’m a fan of pickle jars)
  • Lid/cellophane
  • Something to poke small holes with
  • Bait! Apple cider vinegar works great but so will a piece of fruit or anything sweet-smelling. Wine works but do you really want to waste vino on such terrible guests?
  • Optional – drop of dish soap.

Here’s where our skills come in…

Fill you container with your bait. I would say anywhere from 1-2 fingers deep if you’re using a liquid. Now this is optional but great to know either way. Dish soap will break the surface tension of the liquid making it impossible for the flies to stay above the liquid. They will sink to the bottom so fast they won’t even know what happened. Now if you’re using a pickle jar you’ll need to punch holes in the lid. Using a thumb tack or small nail will do the trick. If you opted for cellophane the same will work just make sure the holes are small and about an inch apart. You’re trap is now set and all you have to do is wait.


2 thoughts on “How to: When Fruit Flies Happen

  1. One of the most irritating flies in the universe. They love to fly up your nostrils or just hang out in front of your face. Piss off! There is no fruit in my eyeball!

    I have an upside-down planter over my sink that has a pitcher plant in it. They actually can grown upside-down very well. When it’s in bloom, I have zero fruit flies and never have to fertilize the pitcher plant at all because it gets all it’s nutrients from the fruit flies. a nice natural symbiotic solution.


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