Almost everyone has trouble with fruit flies this time of year. You bring in all the harvest from your backyard garden or from your local farmer’s market and proudly display the bounty in your kitchen only to attract annoying, pesky little fruit flies. Once you’ve got them it’s hard to kill them without getting rid of all of the fresh fruit and vegetables in your house. Don’t let those little buggers deter you from homesteading and keeping your kitchen stocked with wholesome fruits and veggies. We figured out how to get rid of fruit flies and this solution actually works!
For the past seven years in my farmhouse, I have always concocted a little solution that I would put into a small glass, cover with saran wrap and elastic band and then poke a bunch of holes in the top for the fruit flies to get in. It worked fairly well but was a bit messy and quite ugly. In an effort to hide my little contraption I put it up on top of the fridge unbeknownst to my cleaning lady. The poor dear was wiping down the upper cabinets in my kitchen and ran her rag along the top of the fridge, bumped my little glass of fruit fly concoction which made it fall off of the fridge and pour down her shirt and all over her! I was absolutely mortified and had to offer her a shower and clean clothes.
Thankfully I found a better solution to my fruit fly problem this year!!!
This adorable little ceramic chicken is actually a fruit fly trap in disguise! Isn’t it the cutest thing? Let this smart little hen sit on your counter or kitchen island and trap those annoying little fruit flies for you without horrifying your guests (or spilling all over your cleaning lady.)
- measuring cup
- 1/4 cup water
- non-citrus flavored dish soap
Add 1/4 cup of water and one package of fruit fly lure to the measuring cup. Do not open the package, it will dissolve!
Add a few drops of dish soap and stir gently until it’s all incorporated. (I used Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap in limited edition Lilac Scent.)
Carefully tip the chicken on its side with one hand and pour the mixture into the bottom of the chicken with the other hand.
Place lid back on chicken and set within a few feet of your fresh fruits or vegetables or wherever the fruit flies seem to congregate in your kitchen or homestead.
Within 24 hours, all my fruit flies were dead! Not only is this thing genius, it’s super cute. I love this little chicken! It’s a great addition to my farmhouse kitchen and it’s useful too. I highly recommend it!
This is an exclusive item from Gardeners Supply and is also available in green.
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