With the summer beginning to wane, we are trying to squeeze in as much outdoor time as possible. Once the chaos of school and the myriad of soccer practices (which requires a mom-chauffeur) begin, every minute becomes scheduled. Until then, however, the hinged doors, miraculously transformed into revolving doors, remain a persistent source of eye-rolling from me with every slam of the door. Moreover, it allows nasty flies to enter easily and often.
And why wouldn't they? Their fruit fly friends are chilling on plates of delicious watermelon chunks, uneaten sweet corn and leftover ketchup laden burgers that my kids leave lying around. Full disclosure: I do tell them to clean up their messes but my voice, at this point of the summer, has officially been tuned out. Therefore, adding fly traps are more plausible than getting my kids to listen. #theywin
Fly strips are effective but so gross. I can handle any kind of gory movie but a strip of flypaper, blackened by carcasses, dangling from the kitchen ceiling, causes me to gag. It's akin to vicious Roman rulers who would put the heads of the enemies on spikes to warn other rebels. I mean, fly strips are sooooo medieval. So here are a few ways to capture flies that don't make you look like a crazy, tyrannical, overlord. Or, at least, to only appear as a subtle dictator.
Salsa jars are an effective resource to create a fly trap. With months of impromptu BBQ's, a simple appetizer of chips and salsa is an easy way to seem like a conscious guest and ensure those invitations keep a-flowing. So once you dump the condiment into a pretty bowl, wash it out and use it to trap those flies!
The fruit flies will be attracted to sugary goodness, enter the jar through the slits you create, then properly drown.
With kids running loose, I've been relaxing on their normally healthy diet and letting them drink soda. Bad mom but, ya know, I can't always pick my battles. One cup of soda as a reward for just being kind has been a great bribing tool!
This is absolutely my favorite trap because it's a great excuse to nearly empty a bottle of wine. "But Honey, I HAVE to drink it all in order to get rid of those annoy flies! It's for the cleanliness of our home!" - Every Mom
WARNING: The first step probably the hardest step when creating this trap:
We may not be able to get our pesky kids, restless from the summer, to slow down. But we can make sure those pesky flies, most likely abundant because our messy and restless children are also abundant. To not only slow down but to drown. We DO have control over our domain, I swear! There is something satisfying about creating a deathtrap to relieve the summer stressors. Sorry flies - but mama just went to the store and picked up some salsa, soda, and, of course, wine. This is going to be a great Friday night for me but a bad one for you.