A ‘pesky’ question – not that burning, but random as they come

Where the hell are all of these fruit flies coming from?

I realize the answer is obvious, but we haven’t had fruit in the house for some time now.  It’s a long story, so don’t ask.

That being said, where the hell are all of these fruit flies coming from?

First some background knowledge.  Not that anyone really wants knowledge about the damn things.  It’s like asking the most annoying customer to talk about him or her self.  But any way, … .

Facts About Fruit Flies

Fruit flies have notoriously fast life cycles; they can go from egg to adult in just 8 days. That means one overly ripe tomato left unused on your counter can give rise to a small fruit fly swarm within a week. Gross. Fruit flies are also known for their persistence once indoors. They don’t even need fruit to keep reproducing. Fruit flies can breed in the slime layer inside slow-draining plumbing, or on an old, sour mop or sponge.  Really gross.

  • Mother fruit flies lay about 200-300 eggs at a time
  •  From the time the mother fruit fly lays her eggs until you see the fruit flies buzzing around is about 7-13 days
  • As soon as the babies hatch, they start reproducing about 24 hours later

Although this sounds a lot like some pharmacy patients, at least a fruit fly doesn’t wonder how it actually happened or complain about the true definition of entitlement.  That’s a whole post itself.  And it will be ‘infested’ with anger – entitlement my ass!

I also searched ways to get rid of theses creatures; the fruit flies, that is.

  • Smackin’ the buggers with your hands.  Unfortunately, I swat at them so hard I hit other things.  This is bad.  So, I let my kids do that and I concentrate on the traps.
  • The first trap is to pile a bunch of fruit in some cone shaped thing and cover it with cellophane.  Then poke holes in the cellophane.  If you ask me, this is way too much work.  Cellophane is a pain in the ass to use, especially on something cone shaped.  And the fruit… . Well, that’s just nast after just a short time.
  • The last, and most successful, method is another trap. For this one all you do is pour Apple Cider Vinegar, dishwashing soap, and a tiny bit of fruit juice or wine in a small saucer and leave it on the counter top. They all die in a drunkin’ stupor.

Well, that it for the randomness that is ‘where the hell are all of these fruit flies coming from?’. The next few posts will be a complete 180.  I swear that I’m really not as OCD as the topics that circulate this blog might suggest.  Really.

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