Aug 28, 2011

The Battle of the Fruit Flies

Oh yeah.  It's EPIC.  Almost 1 year of composting with worms, and I haven't had any problems.  However, we eat a lot of bananas.  And apparently bananas are one of the things most commonly covered in fruit fly eggs.  (Invisible to the naked eye.)  So, it was just a matter of time before I suffered an outbreak.

Because our worm bin is in the basement, they are mostly flying around down there.  But they have been spotted in other areas of the house by my informant, Penny, who is doing her part to kill those flies.

My informant and I have now jointly declared war on the fruit flies.  The key, according to online sources, is to cover the bin with fresh bedding.  I have done that.  They also recommend traps. I have made some with apple cider vinegar and saran wrap covered bowls.  Finally, one lady online suggested sucking them up with a vacuum.  Each female fruit fly can lay up to 500 eggs.  500 EGGS!!!  So, I am not below sucking them up with a vacuum.

Armed with these deadly weapons (apple cider vinegar traps, a vacuum hose, and newspaper) I hope this battle is over soon.  I don't have a picture of me with my gear, since it's a top secret war plan.  I also don't have a picture of the enemy.  (Any time one lands I try to kill it.)  But you should know I will not rest until every fly is eradicated. 

Okay, I'll probably sleep.  =)  Wish me luck!


  1. eeewww! You are a stronger woman than I. I know they are small and harmless but they would defeat me. You go girl!!

  2. Grody! And I SOOOO want a picture of you in your gear ;)