In the summer, if you leave a fruit (any fruit) on a counter, within seconds you have a breeding ground for fruit flies. And it’s not just one fruit fly, it’s more like one million, because they lay eggs (upwards of 500 eggs per fly). And there’s good reason to suspect that they will not go away with a swat of the hand, because fruit flies start having sex two days after they’re born. And they live for 40 to 50 days, which is a lot of math to just tell you that these flies swarm in gangs, and they never fly solo. And they’re horny – so horny.
And you know who has time for this unrelenting fly sex that’s just going on in and around your mouth? No one. Perhaps you’ve hung those hideous-looking sticky traps all over your house, or maybe you’ve just decided to never have fresh produce in your home until after the first frost? Well, good news, you needn’t do either of those things. There are solutions:
Wash your fruit
There may be eggs on your fruit before they even get to your home. So scrub those suckers thoroughly if you’re going to leave them out. But the best thing to do is to pop ’em in the crisper, out of the way.
Take Out the Trash
Stinky, rotting garbage is like food to the flies. Babies can be born there, too. You might not have intercourse on piles of rotting food, but these flies are not discerning.
Get the Flies Drunk and Bloated
If you put wine in a little dish, and cover it in plastic wrap, what you’ve got is an excellent soup. Or, in the case of flies, you have a death trap. Poke holes into the wrap, and watch as the flies go in. They’ll sip on the wine, then get bloated and then they will be trapped forever.
Save the good stuff for yourself
If you don’t want to give these over-sexed flies your wine, that’s cool. The same method works with apple cider vinegar and dish soap. Just crack open a bottle of wine and sit back and watch your very own personal all-fly version of Caligula unfold before you.
Give them an herbal refreshment
Some herbs act as a natural insect repellent. But just make a note that these herbs will not kill the flies, but they will deter the flies from mingling with your bananas. Some herbs that work: tansy, lemon, lemon verbena, and citrosa geraniums.