Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Summer is officially here....

...and we have fruit flies!! Does anyone know how to get rid of them? So far, everyone I've talked to says they do not, but I'm holding out for one of you to know!

On another note, I did some housekeeping on my blog. I actually made a blog button!! And it was fun! I know there are some old readers and some new readers, and if you feel so inclined, I'd love it if you said hello. I'm in the midst of updating my blogroll, so I'd love to know if you read.

Hope everyone is well!

25 comments:

Llama Momma said...

I'm reading, and am often encouraged by what I find here! Thank you.

Joel and Jaime said...

I loved that quote by C.S. Lewis in your last post! How very true. It seems like a very good answer to a very difficult question!

Betty said...

Hi Andrea,
You're on my daily roll! I feel that your blog really connects with me! If you're ever down in Miami, FL, let me know!

Grace & Peace,
Betty

Beck said...

Fruit flies! Look for a piece of rotten fruit that may have slipped behind something - we often have errant bananas.

Sheila said...

I have trouble with fruit flies, too! No solutions, sorry.

I read your blog faithfully.

Anonymous said...

I had the dreaded fruit fly problem at my house last Summer. Here's how I solved the problem:

1) Get rid of all fruit or food items that sit out on the counters. Store any of those things in fridge or closed containers until the problem is good and solved.

2) (Had to do this step a few times over the course of about three weeks, but each time, the number of flies diminished.) Do not leave dirty dishes or any food particles in the sink. Keep kitchen surfaces spic ' n ' span. Store dirty dishes in the dishwasher, and leave the door ajar for at least two hours so that flies are attracted to what's in the dishwasher. Once most of the flies are in the washer, run the washer - flies and all.

For some reason, I noted that the flies at my house liked peanut butter.

I've also heard some people use the microwave instead of the washer. They put a bowl of vinegar or something that flies like in the micro, leave the door open for a bit, and then ZAP!!!

Good luck!

Emily

Brenda said...

I've also heard of vinegar working. I know it works for gnats (is that the same thing?) You put it in a mason jar and punch holes in the top. They are attracted and can't get out.

And, I check in every day! Glad you are back.

Anonymous said...

i ditto the vinegar. my mom always would set out a small bowl of it adn the flies would dive right in and got to bogged down to come out.
oh, and i recently found your blog and have added it to my dailies!
anya*

Short Stop said...

I just found your blog. I'm gonna keep reading...your posts are so encouraging!

Sarah

The NON-Superwoman said...

So happy you asked about the fruit flies. They are driving me crazy at my house. Always enjoy your blog :-)

AIMEE said...

of course I love your blog and am a regular attender :)

Susan said...

Hey there! I read your blog through my bloglines. Enjoy it! Love the new layout!

L.L. Barkat said...

Good to be back here after my little hiatus from blogging. And look at that... in my absence you went and got fruit flies!

I keep my bananas in the basement now. And I never leave any peelings around, but rather put them quickly in an airtight container until I can get them out to the compost pile.

Stacy said...

I *SO* have a solution for you about the fruit flies. They are my bane in life come canning season! :)

Fill a little dish of Apple Cider Vinegar (maybe 1/2 cup or 3/4 cup?), and then add one squirt (less than a tsp) of dish soap to the vinegar. The flies will be attracted to the "fruity" scent of the apple cider vinegar but then die from the soap. This has worked for me for years. After a few hours you'll see a bunch of those guys lying dead in the vinegar mixture.

*Note: I tried this last summer with some scented dishsoap (some citrusy or cucumber melon soap, and it didn't work as well, so I'd stick to the Original brand of whatever dish soap you buy).

Let me know if it works for ya! :)
~Stacy

Mindy said...

I just started reading you, found you through Elise and Kendra.

Joni said...

Hi Andrea,

Just recently found your blog and now have you bloglined. Love your insights! I've really enjoyed your series on "Fighting for Joy" in motherhood. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Let me know if that solution works on the flies. Hope ya'll are doing well! We missed seeing your family this past weekend at the reunion/picnic in SC. Glad your trip to Utah went well!
love,
Ami

April said...

I'm a lurker! I vacuum up the fruit flies, put the fruit in the fridge and they don't come back. Good luck!

Joy@Joy in the Journey said...

It looks like you already have several good ideas for the fruit flies, but in case they don't work, I'll add one more... take a piece of paper and make it into a cone shape (like an ice cream cone with a wide end and a narrow end). Make sure that there is a little hole in the narrow end and place your cone into a tall-ish glass with a piece of fruit in the bottom. The flies should go for the fruit and if you've made your hole small enough, they should get stuck in the glass. It works for me!
Blessings,
Joy

tonia said...

Stacy's method is the best. I use it every year. Make sure you add the dish soap to the vinegar. It makes the surface *sticky* so they get trapped. It doesn't work nearly as well without the soap.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the fruit fly prob, luckily I have never had to deal with that one.

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e-Mom said...

I'm out here and I'm reading! I've been keeping up with you through Bloglines. (I've found the Blogging Chick blogroll makes blogs load really slowly on my system. But I see you've removed it for now.) {{{Hugs}}}

Elise said...

Wow - lots of readers! No help for you with fruit flies, though - sorry!
Stop buying fruit???

Mrs Wibbs said...

You know I stop here almost daily, even if I don't always have time to comment...
So. How do you make a blog button?!?!?!
Take care :o)

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Your button looks great. Good luck with the little pests.