I swatted the fruit fly away and turned sheepishly to my friend.
“We’ve been keeping the kitchen clean, and I keep killing these things, but we can’t seem to get rid of them. I stopped buying bananas, but they won’t go away. I’m so embarrassed.”
Three weeks ago, my best friend and her husband arrived bearing pizza and salad. They were in town for a family event over the weekend. Now that they were my guests for supper, I hated the fact they were being pestered by the small flying insects.
“I have just the thing,” my friend assured me. Her step dad had proudly showed them his fruit fly catching concoction just the night before. I made a mental note of the required items: apple cider vinegar and a couple of drops of Dawn dish soap.
“It’s just the time of year,” she assured me. “He caught lots of them in the small dish that he put out.”
Relieved to have a solution to our fruit fly problem, we went shopping the next day. When I approached the counter with my bottle of apple cider vinegar, the cashier remarked on how useful the stuff is.
“A friend said I could use it to catch fruit flies,” I admitted.
The clerk brightened. “I just did the same thing. The fruit flies have been horrible this year. My mom told me to use the vinegar and Dawn soap in a small cup wherever I see the flies. I couldn’t believe how many I caught in my bathroom.”
I was really excited to try this out. I had two testimonials about the power of apple cider vinegar and Dawn to catch fruit flies. As soon as we got home, I poured the vinegar in a small mug and added dish soap. We didn’t have Dawn, so I hoped that the brand didn’t matter. I set the mug on the window ledge above our sink, an area where we had seen the pests the most. I stepped away and waited for the magic to happen.
There was no magic.
I Googled “fruit fly traps” to find out if I had made a mistake not using the right kind of dish soap. Nope, that didn’t seem to be the problem. The soap is to break the surface tension.
After about four days, we finally caught two flies. I went back to Google and found that one site recommended covering the container with plastic wrap and then poking holes to help trap the flies. I haven’t decided whether to give it another try. The smell of the vinegar is annoying to me. And apparently to the fruit flies that were supposed to be attracted to it.
I may not be killing any fruit flies, but I am all over this NaBloPoMo thing. Day 8 is in the bag!
Maybe I can drown them in moonshine.