I married and became a first-time mom at the age of 45; two years later I was told I was POST menopausal so I started blogging. You will find a mix of personal stories, humor and the most Luxurious Giveaways for us busy moms!
Looks like it's time to post this little gem again for those of you who missed this quick fruit fly solution the first time!!
I love Summer but I hate Fruit Fly season. Seems that once they get in the house, there is no getting away from the little critters flying around the kitchen and getting in and on everything food related. I did a little on-line research and found two methods that others swore by so I decided to try both.
The first was the Martha Stewart method. Just take a jar, stick a few pieces of over-ripe fruit in the bottom, and then top it with a paper cone with a small cut in the bottom so the flies could get in but not back out. To make a quick paper cone, I cut a corner off an envelope and snipped the point, opened it up and fit it into the top of the mason jar. A little tape to hold it in place and I then screwed on the lid. If you want to pass on the paper cone, just use a piece of clear plastic wrap on top held into place with an elastic band and poke a few holes in the plastic wrap.
The second method was passed down from someones grandmother. This was easier since all you had to do was take a small container (I chose another canning jar) and place 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and 3 drops of dish soap inside. No lid, no bother, no nothing. Just sit it on the counter and wait.
Guess which worked best? I had my money on Martha Stewart but Granny's method worked like a charm. Not only did it work better, it looked a heck of a lot more appealing sitting on the counter than a dish of rotting fruit. And if you don't have a glass canning jar, you could use a pretty china teacup or even a small crystal vase.
If you take a close look at the bottom of the cider jar, you can see fruit flies along the bottom. I'm guessing it trapped more than 100 in less than 24 hours (I didn't realize there were that many in my house..ewwwwww!) Martha's method trapped around 10.
So if fruit flies are taking over your kitchen, give Granny's method a try and let me know what you think.
Can it really be this easy to rid your outside seating areas of wasps? I've given this neat little trick a test run and so far so good!!
There really is nothing more annoying when you are sitting outside than a wasp or two buzzing around getting in your space and on any food you are trying to enjoy. So when I heard that you really need nothing more than a mock wasp nest to chase them off, I had to give it a try.
All I used to make my wasp nest is a small brown paper bag, a few plastic bags to stuff it with, some strong packing tape and a couple of brown elastics. I used one elastic at the bottom to hold the stuffing in place and securely taped another elastic to the top of the bag so I could hang it. As long as this "nest" is hung upside down, wasps will stay away. Being very territorial, they will mistake this for another colony and head over to your neighbor's yard and cause havoc there instead.
This one is hanging by our back door on one side of our deck
This one is hanging off the top right side of the house on the other side
of the deck to ward off any wasps that may be heading to our seating
area from this direction
I don't like using harmful chemicals or any other method that kills pests because after all, they have as much right to this earth as we do (as long as they stay out of my yard!).
So if wasps are taking the fun out of your outdoor spaces, give this a try!