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Nick's Tip: Eat That Fruit

by Nick Vitrano

They seemingly spontaneously generate, and once spotted, are notoriously difficult to eradicate. They are tireless champions of fruit's fermenting flesh. Scientists call them Drosophila, Latin for "dew loving." We lay people call them...fruit flies.

In the hierarchy of life's daily hurdles, the fruit fly ranks pretty low. In fact, I'd file it slightly below nuisance, in the category of "minor annoyance." They don't really hurt us. They don't attack us, don't buzz around our waking heads in the day or keep us awake at night. They don't pose a tremendous health risk to the household. They're really not that bad...they're just not good. They just won't go away.

Ridding oneself of fruit flies begins with understanding the fruit fly. Though they love the overripe flesh of a banana (or any fruit), they can reproduce pretty much anywhere "old" food can be found: garbage bin, recycling container, sponge or mop, even in the goo that coats the pipes in your kitchen sink.

So today's tip will examine some obvious and one not-so-obvious, though pretty simple, solution to tackling a swarm of fruit flies.

#1 - Use up or toss out your softening fruit (and root veggies like potatoes and onions). Unless you're planning on making banana bread, those browning babies have no place in the kitchen. If that tangerine is soft to the touch today, it's likely mush tomorrow, so eat it! You paid for it. You might as well enjoy it.

#2 - Wash any dish rags or sponges you have sitting around the sink. Once hatched, fruit flies love those things.

#3 - Empty all trash bins and recycling bins and wash them out with warm, soapy water.

#4 - Do the dishes and/or run the dishwasher.

#5 - Clean your drains with a past tip. Check out the recipe HERE

#6 - Set a vinegar trap. Place a small amount of apple cider vinegar in a cup and add a couple drops of dish soap. Stir it up and let it sit overnight. You'll find 'em floating the next morning.

It might take a couple of days, but you should be all set. Or you could just move - make it someone else's problem. "Winkie"

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