Nothing drives me more crazy than having to deal with pests in the kitchen when I'm dealing with food. Flies. Ants. Fruit flies. I abhor their presence and become a very grumpy woman when they dare to try to take over my kitchen. Usually, just making sure my surfaces are clean and food is put away keeps things under control but sometimes I have to step it up.
Flies, I swat. And repeat my mantra like a broken record, "Please pull the door all the way shut!" every time a child goes in or out the back door.
Ants, I poison. I use the liquid TERRO ant bait. A couple drops on a piece of cardboard (placed out of reach of all children, of course) attracts and then kills them.
Fruit flies, I drown. I've tried several other methods of trapping these little buggers in the past and this way works best hands down. I learned this little trick from this smart lady.
Put a couple drops of dish soap in the bottom of a small glass or jar. Pour in some apple cider vinegar (just a couple tablespoons). Stir it around gently without sloshing it up the sides. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and a rubber band and poke a few holes in the top with a pen point. Set in the area they are worst. Within a couple hours, you'll see the results. The solution needs to be replaced every couple days to keep the potency up but usually that's not necessary. Just make sure all your bruised fruit is put in the fridge. You don't want there to be any competition. You want the fruit flies to take a swim not chow down.
Happy canning, lovelies!