The Fruit Fly Solution

Fruit Fly Solution

Fruit Fly Solution

For the last few days I’ve been trying to rid my kitchen of a minor infestation of fruit-fly, the result of a rotting potato hidden at the back of a kitchen cupboard.

The infestation started on Friday morning with just a few flying around the kitchen, which I thought would quickly disappear. I remembered something from high school biology about how fruit-fly have short life-spans, or something like that. “Great”, I thought to myself. “Short life-spans. Go to work, come home, and they’ll be gone”, I thought to myself. Wrong.

When I arrived home on Friday night there were even more fruit-fly. The fly-swat didn’t work. My wild hand-whooshes and screams of “get out, get out you horrible things”, as I opened the kitchen window, also failed to work. But I didn’t want to go down the path of chemicals, as I’m all a bit “enviro-friendly”.

So on Friday night, I hunted around on the internet for a chemical-free solution. Shannon Lush must surely have something, I thought to myself? The collective wisdom of the internet told me apple-cider vinegar was effective. You pour some apple-cider vinegar into a jar, put some plastic wrap over the top. And then you prick the plastic so the fruit flies can get in, but can’t get out. Brilliant, I thought to myself, and so I went to the supermarket yesterday in search of some apple-cider vinegar.

As I wandered up and down the vinegar shelves I was perplexed, as I normally don’t buy apple-cider vinegar. “Shall I get the home brand or should I get the expensive one”?, I asked myself. And that’s when a little voice inside my head reminded me I wasn’t preparing a gourmet dinner, I was trying to kill fruit-flies. Sadly, it seems the fruit-flies of Surry Hills have expensive tastes in apple-cider vinegar, as they showed themselves not to be even the slightest bit interested in the bottle I bought to tempt them into my little traps. Maybe I should have gone to one of our local gourmet grocers instead of Coles?

And so this morning I went back to the supermarket with “pest control” firmly in mind. I’d given up feeling guilty about putting even more chemicals into the environment.

My conclusion – Coles brand flying inspect spray is better than Cornwell’s apple cider vinegar in dealing with a fruit fly problem in the kitchen.

  1. Perhaps you could have tried that famous brand of fizzy soft drink that reportedly will kill off just about everything if taken in large enough quantities.

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