Friday, October 9, 2009

This Really Works!

It would be rare to visit our home and not find a bowl of fruit or fresh veggies!
Ugh, oh my the fruit flies.
They drive me crazy this time of year.
I've even kept the fruit and veggies on the back porch to keep the fruit flies out there!
Sharon shared an idea that works wonderfully.
Ah, bless her!
This is what you do:
Put a few drops of Dawn dish detergent in the bottom of a glass and then add about 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to the Dawn. My family gags with the smell of vinegar...but I did it anyway! Poor dears! But they haven't missed the little critters one tiny bit!
I used one of my vinegar cruets. I think they are cute and aren't mistaken for a dirty glass sitting on the counter. You don't even have to have the mixture by the fruit. I actually like to have it in a obscure place so the flies are attracted to go over there instead.
AND THEY DO!!! YAY!
The fruit flies go right to it and sink to the bottom of the glass. In a couple of days, if I start seeing flies again, I add a tiny bit more vinegar.
This is amazing. It makes me so happy.
And so, I hope you have a happy day too, even if it takes a little bit of vinegar and dish detergent to do it!
xo rachel
p.s~please spare me the embarrassment if I'm the only one in the entire world with fruit flies and sympathize with me anyway ;)

16 comments:

Kathy said...

Okay Rachel...I'm putting the computer down and giving it a try!!! Those little buggers were really out there this year. You know it's bad when your sitting at the computer and they are buzzing around your head! Maybe my hair smells like vinegar!! Thanks for the tip, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...Loved my visit here.

Sharon said...

No.....you are not the only one with fruit flies, far from it! LOL! Tis the season for them to come out in droves. I am so happy this has worked for you! I love your idea of putting it in a cruet, I think I will start looking for one at Goodwill and borrow your idea!

Have a great day!

xox Sharon

Lady Farmer said...

Hey Rachel ~
Does it have to be Dawn detergent or would another dishwashing soap work? I use Mrs. Meyers and I think I will give it a try anyway! I really wonder where they come from. I will have not store bought fruit and bring apples in from our trees and in a little while ~wham~ fruit flies!
Thanks for the tip!
Blessings!

Stella said...

Thanks Rachel, they have been driving me crazy. Since I have all the cruets I use for flowers I can now use them for the fruit flies.

Jennifer said...

Rachel,Hello.Its nice to meet you and Thank you for following me too.I have been reading your blog for aboat a year now.I love it.I just started using the follow button.
I will try your tip here for ff they seem to love fresh veggies from our garden and follow us in.Have a great weekend,Jennifer

Esther said...

Wow, sounds like you've found a winner! I will try that too when they come to visit my house!

Have a wonderful fruit-fly-free day!

Love, Esther

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

what a great idea I will have to try that right away, those little creatures just drive me nuts...thanks for sharing, I am a new blogger and a new follower, come for a visit to my house

Laurel said...

You are truly a lifesaver! They have been driving us crazy these past few weeks, so I tried it and it works! Thank you so much - wish I had known about this "cure", long ago!! Love you.

Tiffany said...

just got 4 bags of grapes from my dad. I think I'm going to need this!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm going to try this! Thank you!

Stacey said...

Thank you! I've been battling those little critters for two or three weeks now. Tried another trick that I found on the internet but it didn't work. I remember now that I've done the soap and vinegar solution. It works!

The Going Blog said...

Handy dandy tip there. Thank you very much! I used to have to clean a wood floor with vinegar. ugh! I too dislike the smell right up there with bleach. Hope you had fun with your special "guest" this weekend. I little birdie told me about it :-)

THE HOME THAT LOVE BUILT said...

Hi Rachel. Thanks for the tip. I needed it about 4 days ago for sure.

Warm blessings,
Brook

Madisen and Friends said...

Rachel, You are too funny! My first visit and I love your blog!

Thanks for sharing!

Madisen

Red Lipstick Style said...

I will try this...I hate fruit flys. Where do they come from! I just don't understand them, but now I can kill them!

Bellamere Cottage said...

Thrilled to know this remedy....we get them every early autumn. I HATE them too....They're done for this season, but I'm going to write it down for next summer. What a great tip.

Blessings,
Spencer