There is an old wives trick about getting rid of fruit flies in your kitchen. The old theory goes, put a mug of apple cider vinegar out on the counter and they will be attracted to it and not your fruit. With summer rapidly approaching and all the delicious fruit sitting out on my counter, I decided it was time to give this theory of natural fruit fly catcher a try.
Let me first point out that- yes, that is one of my Moroccan Lanterns. I needed a small jar or cup and it was the best thing I could find at the time. Secondly, I need to make a point that I tried this without the funnel and it failed. While it did attract the flies, they all sat around the rim of the jar and would fly away when I got close. Thus, the funnel came about. I grabbed a piece of paper from my kitchen notepad to make the funnel- only it didn’t sit tight on my jar. The next closest thing in reach was medical tape (Why? I’m not even sure.) so I closed it off by taping the funnel around the jar. I walked away to move on with my day and test this theory. About thirty minutes later I returned to the kitchen for lunch preparations, only to take mental note that there were not obnoxious fruit flies. I had no idea how well my little contraption worked until I removed the tape and dumped out the apple cider vinegar and found all these floating fruit flies. It was both disgusting and strangely satisfying. Some positives to this method: No nasty smell (using a small jar, you really don’t smell vinegar at all!), no rotting fruit as an attractant, and no sticky pads. I’m giving this old wives tale 2 Mandy thumbs way up!