Sunday, October 5, 2014

No More Gnats (or fruit flies)

Some folks are just a wealth of knowledge.
As Mom and I were complaining about fruit flies
and now all the gnats,
a family friend nonchalantly said,
"1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup of water and a drizzle of blue Dawn dish soap
in a bowl will attract them, and they'll drown."
It really works!
Can you see the little corpses in the bottom of the jar?
She said a friend of hers mixed up a little batch and 
set it outside thinking it would be nice if they didn't even come in
the house.  Evidently moths are also drawn to the solution.
There were so many drowned moths that the gnats and fruit flies
were fluttering over the dead moths trying to get to it.
I wish I would have known this when I was doing pears
since there were so many fruit flies, and
they seem to enjoy hovering about two inches 
in front of my eyes.
This is so much more earth-friendly
than bug spray or tape.

(you can find instructions for the fall table runner here)

Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches


  1. Thanks cor this tip! They come right threw my window screen! Got to try this!

    1. We don't usually have many - this year seems to be an exceptional bug year:(

  2. what a great tip, only problem I do not think we can get dawn blue soap here, at least have never seen any, maybe any scent would attract the little beasties

    1. Hi Margaret,
      Another reader just left a message and said that she uses whatever dish soap she has and it seems to work- yippy.

  3. This works like a charm. I use apple cider vinegar as I think it attracts them even more. I also just use whatever dish soap I have on hand at the time. From my experience, it doesn't seem to make much of a difference as I have never used blue dawn and my bowls catch a ton of fruit flies.

    1. Thank you. I had a question from another reader that asked if it had to be Dawn - now I can answer:)

  4. They were driving me crazy too for awhile. I used the paper cone method but like yours better if I can get it to work here. If you don't change the fruit every day, the cone method can actually grow more of them.

  5. I so agree those nasty fruit flies can drive you crazy but I also agree that your mixture works great. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  6. Great to know! Great also that it doesn't have to be Dawn... I can use my yellow stuff! :) Gnats are definitely a problem in these parts!