Shoo Fly

 

Baking

Baking

It is October 1, and apple time is upon us!  We pick the fruit from the tree, and gather the windfalls too.

 

 

Fruit Flies

Fruit Flies

The girls are helping to make apple crisp from our favourite “More With Less Cookbook“.  The kitchen is full of fruit, so naturally,  it also full of fruit flies…

 

Three traps

Three traps

Mary Ann is happy to teach the girls three different methods for trapping Fruit Flies. The first has plastic wrap over a jar with a piece of apple,  a squished grape, and a splash of apple juice in the bottom.  A few holes are poked into the plastic wrap, and the Flies fly in the holes but don’t seem to find their way out again. The second method uses the same bait in the bottom of the jar, with a paper cone taped to the jar opening (the corner of an envelope makes a good cone.  A tiny hole is cut in the tip of the cone.  Flies fly in, and don’t fly out!  The third method has the plastic wrap on a jar, but the bait is a splash of wine, a splash of juice, and a drop of dishwashing liquid. The diswashing liquid reduces the surface tension of the liquid, and the Fruit Flies Fall in.

 

Better than TV

Better than TV

Rose and Eugenia are fascinated by the Fruit Flies – a day or two after they end up in the jar, they could see larva climbing around inside!

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

…but enthralling as Fruit Flies can be, we are all happy to have our Apple Crisp sans insects!

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10 thoughts on “Shoo Fly

  1. We were expecting a Shoofly Pie, but an apple crisp is a wonderful treat, too! Mary Ann’s menu of FF dispatching systems is remarkable – were there record-able results? Which method attracted the most? (We use apple cider vinegar and dish-washing liquid.)

    • Well, how about that. I never heard of Shoo-Fly pie…but it turns out there is a recipe in the More With Less Cookbook, only six pages on from the Apple Crisp recipe. We’ll have to try it out!

  2. What great tips! Please tell the girls “thank you” for helping us out this fall with fruit flies. I wonder if the gnats in my indoor plant pots will respond the same way. I’ll give it a try!

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