We've all had the frustrating experience of picking up a piece of fruit, only to be swarmed with fruit flies. Short of toxic pesticides, how can you roust the nasty creatures, once they take flight?
As a child, I was taught how to make a simple fly catcher, for use while camping. I remembered this one day recently, and gave it a try yesterday, when I had a swarm attack from under a bunch of rotten bananas. My poor husband was chasing the illusive flies all over the house. Once I put my technique to work, we found that it does slowly attract the flies and grab them.
Take a shallow container, such as pictured above. I used both methods, to see which worked best to start:
- Orange Juice in the shallow container is sweet and ripe, naturally attracting the bugs for a taste. Sometimes they get stuck, but some of them are wily and get away.
- Honey was the more successful of my first two efforts, as its naturally sticky texture did not allow the flies to get away, once they stopped in for a taste.
After sharing my results with hubby, he suggested an improved design. Combine the two. I painted the edge of the bowl of orange juice with honey, to trap the little fellas permanently when they checked in for the OJ. This worked great, and after a few hours I could see the results were excellent.
Orange Juice with Honey
One final note about this method of catching flies. You probably already guessed it. It's safe for you, your children, your pets, and even guests. If they see a bowl of honey or orange juice they won't get all squeamish on you like they would a fly trap in plain view. Good luck.
Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!