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15 September 2008 @ 06:13 pm
Mythbusters NW  
As kateyule has mentioned, we've had a bit of an infestation of fruit flies recently.

I was prompted to test out an old saw, and placed two small containers on the kitchen counter. After 48 hours, the score was: honey 0, vinegar 1. (A mostly-empty cup of yogurt also trapped 1.) Busted!

Continuing in the iconoclastic spirit, I attempted to balance a raw egg on its end, it being not-the-Equinox. This is a trick I have successfully performed before, but was unable to do so now. Honesty compels me to report the negative result.
 
 
 
A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on September 16th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
The trick, I have found, is to make it tough to get away from the vinegar (or other liquid lure). I've had good results by stretching plastic wrap over the cup and then poking a small hole into it. The flies will figure out how to get in (follow the fumes, man!) but not so much how to get out.

(It also helps a LOT to figure out where they're coming from. If they don't go away soon, start looking for hidden apples/potatoes/other rotted fruit.)
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When life gives you lemmings...: Coinslotdanjite on September 16th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
For house flies (musca domestica), the rule is thus:

You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar; but you catch the most flies of all with bullshit.

I cannot specifically speak to the catching of fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) but will note that in the genus Drosophilidae is a fly with the common name "vinegar fly" which, in fact is easiest to catch with vingar.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on September 16th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
I'm aware of the BS factor, but I'm happy to say that there wasn't any in the fridge.
Tomvoidampersand on September 16th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Trying to catch flies with an old saw would be dangerous.
mcjuliemcjulie on September 16th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Fruit fly trap
I have always had good luck with the sugar-vinegar-dish soap trap.
mrcleanheadmrcleanhead on September 18th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
I'm sitting at Fireside, and I've got one buzzing my face right now! I've attempted to Miagi it a number of times now, but it eludes my aggressions! Bastardo!

Damn! Missed again!
David D. Levinedavidlevine on September 18th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
Run! Run while you still can!
mrcleanheadmrcleanhead on September 18th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
SPLAT!
David D. Levinedavidlevine on September 18th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Door's over there!