This is in your home right now, isn’t it?

Fruit Fly Bubble Blower

Originally uploaded by mplonsky.

With garbage collection stalled and private garbage collection companies starting to refuse to collect garbage themselves because of long wait times at the dump, we’re quickly becoming a city that stores its garbage inside, or possibly out back in the shed for those of us who have sheds.

Though we haven’t gotten around to bringing back the Black Death, we have really given a career boost to the hard working fruit fly. It used to be you didn’t really see too many of these guys unless you went over to that one friend’s apartment and looked in his kitchen. Now though they’re increasingly in even your clean friends’ places. At least my clean friends.

I hate to say it, but I think the Mayor has fallen under the influence of the powerful Fruit Fly Lobby. It’s the only explanation.

5 Comments so far

  1. Wrenkin (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

    They’re really getting on my nerves. My girlfriend made a trap out of a wine bottle, which seemed to work for a while (she found the instructions online.)

  2. Jolly Bloger (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

    Best fruitfly trap from a guy who knows what he’s talking about:

    Get a jar, or some other container with straight sides. Put about an inch of vinegar in the jar (apple cider vinegar works even better if you have it). Put one drop of dish soap in the jar to break the surface tension – flies can stand on vinegar but fall through if there’s soap. Roll a piece of paper into a cone with an opening at the bottom a couple of centimetres in diameter. Put the cone into the jar so the bottom opening is a little above the level of the vinegar, and make sure the paper sits tight around the jar opening. Tape it if you have to. Put the jar near your garbage, or wherever the fruit flies are congregating. Sit back and watch the carnage.

  3. Lydia (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    That’s a cute last sentence.

    I tried the paper cone trick before, but I found that taping some plastic wrap around the mouth of the glass works better, and I just cut some holes in it. I use apple cider or red wine vinegar. When I tried adding the soap, it didn’t work for me.

    I really, really hate the fruitflies. And Sam Sullivan.

  4. Rebecca (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    UGH they’re EVERYWHERE. I just got into work… they’re here. At the Canucks game last night? You betcha…. fruit flies in the stands.

  5. wyne (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    Ugh, at the Canucks game? I get really peeved seeing a persistent one when I’ve sat down, say, in a restaurant.

    Jen over at World Wide Watercooler prescribes using red wine (forgo the vinegars) to catch the suckers. (link).

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