I realize that summer is officially over, but as you may have heard it’s never going to end in Southern California. And with summer and hot weather, come my favorite household pest… the fruit fly.
There’s no one who can spoil a glass of wine quite like a fruit fly, is there? Not to mention their constant mission to speed the ripening and rotting of anything fresh left out on the counter. Which is like everything delicious during the warmer months of the year! Tomatoes, peaches, melons, figs. They all have to stay out and the drosophila just won’t leave any of it alone. But I have a solution that has changed everything. The fruit fly suicide bath.
Two ingredients, one jar, days of fruit fly free living.
Pour about an inch red wine vinegar into a jar. Add one drop of dish soap. Leave on counter, preferably near where they like to congregate.
It is GENIUS. The soap breaks the surface tension of the liquid, so the flies can’t sit on top of the vinegar. They are unable to resist the sour sweet rotting smell and sink directly to the bottom of the jar. I’ve been keeping a jar like this out on the counter since June. When I haven’t seen any in a few days I usually dump it out and wait for their return, then make a fresh batch.
I assume eventually things will cool off here, but in the meantime this keep things in the kitchen feeling much more civilized.