Thankfully, the flies I've been contending with in my kitchen, pesky and gross as they are, are no where near as …I mentioned this last week, but recently I've noticed a small-but-incredibly-annoying barrage (or at least, something like 2-3 flies per day buzzing around my kitchen) of fruit flies at home. They're minuscule, and appear pretty benign, but seeing them leaves me with the unpleasant feeling that my kitchen is dirty and unsanitary-despite the fact that I'm cleaning up constantly and, especially in light of this mini-infestation, am particularly careful to wipe away crumbs and not leave food out.
So, after a few weeks of this, I came home from running errands this weekend to my gloating husband, who had had enough and decided to take action. After researching various methodologies for getting rid of them, he made a concoction consisting of 1 part water to 1 part apple cider vinegar, plus 2-3 drops of dish soap, and left the mixture sitting out on the countertop in a little bowl.
The cider vinegar apparently lures the flies in, while the dish soap works to sink them. I was a little skeptical, but it's been two days and there are already three flies pooled at the bottom of the bowl. Success! I can't get over how easy that was, and am quite pleased at not having had to buy anything special or use any creepy chemicals in the process.