I have been getting a few calls about what to do about fruit flies. Many of us have unintentionally created a wonderful breeding ground for the proliferation of this species. It seems to happen at a certain time of year--now, for example.
In a nutshell, dispose of the rotting fruit, finish the wine, so the bottle can be rinsed and recycled, or cork and refrigerate the bottle, and begin the process of sanitizing your kitchen. Just start wiping and cleaning everywhere. This is a good time to clean on and under the stove, dishwasher and refrigerator. Don't leave rags hanging about, but wash them immediately in hot water. Take your compost out straightaway and make sure to cover your compost in between with a tight fitting lid. Make a funnel out of paper (cut a small portion of the tip off so fruit flies can enter, place it snugly in a jar and secure the paper with tape. Put a little of that wine or some balsamic vinegar in the bottom of the jar. Just cut the tip of the funnel so there is a very small entrance and secure it to the jar with tape. Once the fruit flies are inside they will be stuck. Be diligent. Leave no spot unturned in your cleaning regimen.
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