Tuesday, October 04, 2005

wine trap

Last night I made a wine trap. I did this by filling a small dish with white wine, tightly wrapping plastic wrap around the dish and then poking three small holes on the top.

I was going to catch the itty bitty fruit flies in my kitchen!

The smell of the fermenting fruit attracts them. They eventually find their way in through the holes and then are trapped.

They probably die trying to escape or...they drink themselves to death.

When I woke up this morning I had caught two!!! And this afternoon I caught another one! Three total now.

17 comments:

LadyKRAE said...

Way to go Anne! Those fruit flies are soooo annoying. Something else to try in the dish is Ketchup. This is what I have found to work really well too.

Amazing that these little flies find the smallest hole to get in, but can not find it to get back out LOL.. Good luck,

Kelly

David said...

Heartless! what did those dear flies ever do to deserve such treatment???

Teresa said...

I will have to try that. Thanks for sharing, Anne. Or should I call you Heloise?

Cheryl said...

Yes! Drunken fruit flies!

Heidi said...

Woo! I should try this. We have so many fruit flies!

Christa said...

I've not heard of this process of getting the fruit flies drunk to kill them, but it's great advice! They are very annoying and anything that works is great.

Anne Arkham said...

Ohhh I've caught a bunch like that. It works well, and your kitchen smells good, too.

Anne said...

Ladykrae, Thanks for the tip. Yeah...It is crazy they can never find their way out...!

David, Sorry to offend but the little things are hard to get rid of....
You are right, they probably don't deserve it.

Teresa, Heloise? I am stumped!

Cheryl, Christa, Heidi, and Anne, Thanks for the comment.

Teresa said...

Heloise must not have a column in your local paper. Anyway, there is a syndicated columnist who offers helpful hints. Her column is called "Hints from Heloise." She has a website now:
http://www.heloise.com.

Delhui said...

3 with one blow (or bowl as the case may be). A nice day's work:)

Kate said...

Ohh, you should tell my mom! We don't have fruit flies in the dorms...but we have gross other bugs that are too creepy to have names :)

Jayleigh said...

You brutal murderer! hehe

That's an inventive solution. Way to go, Anne!

btw I *adore* Heloise!

Kendra said...

I've never heard of such a thing but it sounds like a great idea. Wonder how my boss would feel if I tried that in the office. Someone's plants have fruit flies so I deal with it alot. *blech*

Ariel1980 said...

Nazi!

Oh! PS: my word verification was "bedwtr". "Mommy, I pissed the bed again!"

mariel said...

wow... really ingenious!!
And animal-friendly.. quite a good way to die ;)

LadyKRAE said...

Anne I should add... when I catch the fruit flies in my dish with the ketchup most are still alive. I just take the container outside and take the plastic wrap off and away they go. So for all that are worried about the murders of the little guys.. relax... maybe they just liked going out on a bender LOL... Take care all
Kelly

David said...

so how many fruit flies does it take for a good meal? and do you have to de-wing them first?
Calling all fruit fly recipes! send us your best dishes.