Tuesday, August 17, 2010

If you build it, they will come....

I am not a prideful person. I am not an expert on many things. Except maybe on how to simultaneous change two explosion diapers while fending off two dogs. But I digress... I used to be a professional pest control appointment setter. Our products were good and could remedy all sorts of pest problems, like bees, wasps, bedbugs, spiders, and so on. One type of bug though presented a particular problem, fruit flies. See, I don't know about you but I wouldn't want my produce sprayed with pesticide (even more than it already has been). So when people would call with a fruit fly problem there wasn't much I could do for them. Until my good friend Laurie showed me this little contraption...


You get a jar, you put a slice of fruit in there, make a funnel out of paper, put it in the jar and voila - you have a fruit fly death trap. Or a fruit fly catch-and-release trap. Your choice.

Being the bountiful basket consumer that I am, I always have piles of fresh produce on the counter and fruit flies are a major problem. Five minutes after setting up this trap I had caught twenty fruit flies. Hope this little contraption will make the harvest season a more pleasant one for you!

4 comments:

Angela said...

Sweet!

JillFranklin said...

What is it? A jar with a piece of fruit and a paper cone? Looks too easy to be real! I'll have to try that one the next time I get fruit flies. Thanks for the tip!!

Jen and Beth said...

I do that too except I put cider vinegar in it. The flies get in and they drown, it's marvelous!

Jen

Susan said...

I can't believe I've lived and suffered with fruit flies for so long when the solution is so simple. I am sure that in the right hands all my problems could be so easily solved. Thank you for your generous sharing!