Fruit Flies a Problem? Here's a Simple Way to Make a Fruit Fly Trap for Your Bar

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Watch the video for a quick and easy fruit fly trap that you can make with the items you already have in your bar.  Keep a trap close to the fruit trays and they should keep away the majority of those little pests.  

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    4 years ago

    We have the same basic concept of a glass with pkastic wrap except we use about an ounce of sweet vermouth behind our bar. It makes for a disgusting slaughter of the little buggers. The best thing is that the sweet vermouth disolves the little bodies in a couple of days. After about 3-5 days you wind up with a thick slime in the bottom of the glass. For some reason this disgusting ooze makes them all bonkers and dozens can be seen stuck to the surface. We then refresh with a bit more vermouth and before long the problem isnt a problem anymore.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    I've got them all up in my potted plants. I'm going to try it and see how it goes. Hopefully they'll like the fruit more than the plants. I noticed they really go after a leftover glass of port, that might make a good bait as well

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I had a half-empty bottle of cheap dry vermouth. The cap became damaged, so the bottle didn't seal completely, but I covered the bottle with this cap that was more of a hat. During a home kitchen infestation of fruit flies, this simple liquid lured them very quickly, and the high alcohol content in the liquid instantly doomed any fruit flies that touched it. I strongly recommend a small amount of any wine instead of fruit. 1 bottle of dry Gallo and 4 other empty bottles in which to distribute... It could go a long way.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hey cool video. was very informative. I Have a website that is helpful with this topic however I don't have anything to do with bartering but it has helpful tips on getting rid of fruit flies so it will add value to your page.
    Hope it helps.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Good one! And then, as you trap more and more fruit flies you can feed them to your chickens, and then sell chicken meat, eggs, and feathers to your customers, who will eat, get thirsty, and buy more drinks. Now you have a complete ecosystem!

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    I'm not sure about feeding them to the chickens in the rest of the world, but I wouldn't dare tempt the Taiwanese here with that offer. A bar and market in one? It'd be all the rage.

    Getting rid of the fruit flies does pose an interesting problem. They are not that easy to kill. Freezing is not recommended as many will come back to life after they thaw out. Microwaving them works but keep an eye on them - it'll only take seconds.

    If all that fails, its back to the chickens....