If you’ve been doing any canning, or even have a bowl of aging fruit on your counter, you may have experienced a fruit fly family reunion. Just for fun, the little pests fly in human faces and crawl all over human food. That’s what brings them joy. That’s what makes their little 48 hour lives worth living.
Normally the Damsel utilizes a fairly liberal “live and let live” policy. But not when it comes to fruit flies. Fruit flies must die. Or take their party somewhere else.
There are several methods for human vs. fruit fly warfare. Most include some sort of bait. You see, fruit flies are attracted to sweet stuff, especially if it’s fermenting a bit. To do this the easy way, you mix yourself up a little Cup of Death.
In a small bowl (like a little custard cup) mix a tablespoon each of vinegar (apple cider vinegar is extra tempting to the little creeps) and sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add 3 tablespoons water, and 3 drops of dish soap. Don’t stir much at this point, because you don’t want it sudsy. Set it out. Wait.
Oh, and get rid of whatever brought the flies to begin with. Face it. those black bananas aren’t going to get used. (you could put them in the freezer, though, like you learned in This Post)
The flies will be attracted to the sweet vinegar. They’ll land on it, because that’s what they do. But the dish soap takes away the surface tension the liquid would normally have, so they drown. Bwahahahaha!