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GIVE THEM FOOD...and other ways to cope with life

Nov. 26, 2009 8:43 am 
Updated: Dec. 12, 2009 11:34 pm
I'm taking a break from the kitchen and I just wanted to share this with you before I forget!  I was preparing salad dressing for Thanksgiving and reached for my Balsamic Vinegar.  As I poured out my first tablespoon I thought "I don't remember there being herbs in this vinegar..."  To my shagrin, upon closer inspection I saw that the entire bottle was filled with fruit flies!  The top of the bottle had been left off and it had been sitting on my open shelf.
Yuck!  I immediately convinced hubby to go to the store for a new bottle.........so this got me thinking, I'll remember this next summer when fruit flies are driving me crazy.  I'm going to put some balsamic vinegar into a long necked bottle and leave it on the counter to catch those annoying gnats!  I don't think it would work with straight vinegar since it doesn't have the sweetness of the balsamic...but I'll try both.
Thus, a yucky but useful discovery!
Nov. 26, 2009 9:36 am
Thanks for the info ...... I just found a bottle of honey with ants in it this week -- and the lid was ON it! On my top shelf. Maybe we're missing out on protean????
Nov. 26, 2009 11:16 am
hi i thaught your thaught was generis to her!
Nov. 27, 2009 2:28 am
Hey cocojo! Balsamic vinegar is THE best thing to use to catch and kill fruit flies! I had an infestastion back in October and did some "googling" and found that balsamic vinegar poured into a glass, then place about 5-6 drops regular dishwashing liquid into the vinegar and swirled is the best thing to get rid of those pesky flying things! Why add soap? It breaks the surface tension of the vinegar and the flies can not land on the surface and therefore drown...worked like a charm!
Nov. 27, 2009 6:02 am
gitano..thanks for the soap addition, i;ll try that!
Nov. 27, 2009 6:18 am
Thanks for the remedy on how to get rid of them. It's amazing how fast they can come out of nowhere. I get them at work sometimes if I eat an orange or something sweet like that. I'm going to try it.
Nov. 27, 2009 10:00 am
I had something yucky, but not so useful happen when i was measuring cornstarch to pour into the gravy! Despite having folded down and sticking a clothespin on the open cornstarch bag, bugs (no idea what kind of flying insect it was) got in. Unfortunately it has happened not only in the cornstarch, but also in my onion soup mix (which had a plastic shut lid on it!). Not sure what to do, but I'm glad it did not ruin your holiday! Me, I just subbed flour instead and moved on. :)
Nov. 27, 2009 5:30 pm
Reminds me of the afternoon I set out to make banana bread with three old brown bananas. Popped them into the bowl, mixed in the flour and sugar, and then took a second look. Euuwwww!
Nov. 29, 2009 6:49 am
WHAT an awesome idea, i absolutely despise fruit flies, or when u r trying to harvest your mint, the gnats that swarm u and land in your eyes, blech. too bad we couldnt tie the bottle to our gardening hats tho! i have noticed that they find A1 sauce irrisistable too. maybe i will put this idea of yours out in the part of the garden i intend to work in a few hours before i start tilling and toiling!
Dec. 2, 2009 7:42 am
My hustband is a pest control professional and he's used cider vinegar traps for years. Fill a small dish and cover with plastic wrap. Punch a bunch of small holes in the plastic with a toothpick. This way they can get in and not back out. Be careful with the liquid soap since the scent may detract from the lure of the cider or balsamic vinegar. Rachel, what you have are pantry weevils. These bugs will invest all your flour products, even if you think they are well sealed, and are a bear to get rid of. You will also notice small moths in your kitchen which are the adults. You better go thru all flour products and place anything that seems uninfested in the freezer for 2 weeks and it will kill any eggs lurking. Clean the pantry well and make sure all remaining products are in air tight containers. You can also get phermone traps from your local pest professional which will help erradicate these guys. But you have to remove the food source for it to be permanent. Most of the time you will get them when you bring home infested groceries. If you see small moths flying in the baking or pasta section, shop elsewhere!
Dec. 12, 2009 11:34 pm
yes...they love vinegar but witch hazel works too...and can sometimes be cheaper...it's weird but like you said.. useful! :)
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