I hesitated about posting this for one main reason: fruit flies are GROSS.
I do not like cold fruit, so I leave my fruit hanging in a tiered metal basket in my kitchen. In the summer, especially with an abundance of seasonal fruit, a little over-ripeness can occur before I get around to eating it all.
If I'm lucky, I can time it right and get the peaches into the fridge before the fruit flies show up. But, if not, I have to resort to tried and true methods of getting rid of them.
Once again I miss the just-
right phase of my peaches
and suddenly there They are.
A vinegar trap may seem
too simple to be effective
against multitudes of fruit flies
but one must remember
is not known for its smarts.
I take an empty baby food jar,
add a spoonful of cider vinegar,
cover the top with plastic wrap,
punch a few holes, and voila!
Once in, they can't find their
way out--glug, glug, glug.
After a day or two, fruit fly
corpses with their demonic red
eyes dulled, go down the drain.
Alas, I remain unconvinced
that Drosophila do not
So, smartly, I put the old
baby food jar under the sink
to await the next skirmish.
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.
I know I said fruit flies are gross, but, they are useful to scientists. If you don't believe me, take a look at FlyBase: A Database of Drosophila Genes & Genomes.
If you'd like more general information about the creatures, click here.
(I've found myself watching them crawl around the trap. I saw one fly on top of another, which led me to wonder about fruit fly copulation, which led me to this. I know, I know...you didn't really need to know all that.)
Mary Lee at A Year of Reading will be hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up this week. Mary Lee is our P.F. Round-Up organizer, and she does a fine job of keeping us all on track!