The unwelcome swarm of scarlet eyed little devils visited us last year too, thus making us veterans of the neverending quest to eradicate their pesky bug selves. Then, I was but a mere naive fledgling warrior untrained and unproven on the winged insect battleground. However, after choosing a bottle of Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar as my trusty lethal combat weapon the war that had been waged by an intrusive force surrendered in shamed defeat. That's how after 15 years since the show "In Living Color" went off the air, I finally earned the right to call myself a "Fly Girl".
Battle Strategy Number One: We took one Rubbermaid plastic dish, poured in apple cider vinegar, placed plastic wrap on the top, secured plastic with a rubber band, and then finally perforated the plastic with a few small holes at the top. It's a Roach Motel simulator. The vinegar attracts the flies, so they fly into the hole but can't fly back out. Then we donned our ceremonial gear and circled the dish while chanting "Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me". As attested by the numerous carcasses, the insects dropped like, well you know. This is one use for Rubbermaid products you will probably never see advertised.
Battle Strategy Two: This is a simple rinsed out Kroger yogurt cup. We mixed and poured a concoction of apple cider vinegar, a dash of liquid dish soap, and a small teaspoon of sugar together into the cup. The soap is supposedly toxic to the fruit fly and they drown. This battlefield has seen much less casualties but ultimately, I, The Smiling Infidel reigned victorious in the siege.
Usually I'm characterized as a child of nature, friend to man, but we all harbor a potential killing machine within ourselves.