There was a miraculous occurrence last week.  The second this year!  My seven-year-old, Dani, was sent to her room for a brother scuffle.  She didn’t immediately go as asked and received a much harsher room sentence.

Evie went into the same room to get something.  After only a few minutes, that’s when I hear screaming and giggling coming from my two girls.  “Mom!  You have to see this!  There’s an army in our room!  They’re everywhere!  One just landed in my hair.”  I slowly made my way to there room.  Our long-lost friends were back!

Fruit flies.

Dani could not have been happier!  Not only did she get to leave her room, but there was an entertaining diversion from her punishment–a true miracle!

I glanced around and found my suspected source.  I opened the trash can.  A cloud of fruit flies immediately evacuated.   And there it was–THE BANANA PEEL.

My Mom told me that she learned from my brother who I’m sure learned from a reputable source that the fruit fly eggs live in the stem ends of bananas.  If you cut off the ends when you first buy the bananas then–no fruit flies!

I’ve been doing this.  Only after several years of being fruit flyless, I got lazy.

Luckily, they’re not nearly as distracting as our other flying visitors–loud, taunting, buzzing, attacking flies!  We don’t get very many flies, but we have a few in our house right now.  They’re fearless and angry!  Buzzing our heads and ears constantly!

Don’t let his calm demeanor fool you. 

I’ve heard that the Electronic Racket Fly Zapper is the only way to go, but I haven’t made the $6 investment quite yet.  I strongly suspect my kids would try to zap each other!  So I’ve been using only natural methods; a tempting watermelon trap for the fruit flies and my swatting three-year-old for the angry buzzers.  This method is also dangerous.  We’ve all been swatted.

Our other guests: a myriad of spiders, some tiny black beetles, and a few cute little ants by the back door.

Anyone else want to stop by for a visit?
Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Week:  Kicking out all current visitors.


  1. I Am Not Superwoman says:

    Ick! Won't be coming to your house anytime soon…J/K.

  2. lol bugs creep me out however living in the country well they are inevitable and i am terrified of them haha

  3. Help! Mama Remote... says:

    I have bananas on the table now. What to do about other fruit? We've been having this problem in my kitchen and its so annoying

  4. I didn't know that about bananas and fruit flies. I will have to cut the stems off now!

    We have TOO MANY flies because no one closes the door to the back yard!

  5. I would have been freaking out! Bugs (even flies) give me the heebie jeebies! hope you get rid of them soon.

  6. Sandy -- As Told By Mommy says:

    Haha, that is so funny you posted this! We are having fruit fly invasion too…but because of me. I bought fresh canteloup from a farm here and after cutting pieces for link left the rinds in the sink (As it was so full I couldn't actually get to the garbage disposal)…therefore…fruit flies galore now. Dang it!

  7. We get ants a lot. We had a myriad of HUGE spiders this summer, so I finally called terminex to spray. I can't handle spiders that are quarter size!

    Hope the fruit flies go away quickly!

  8. I absolutely HATE bugs. This is one reason I am happy to not live back east, where every critter seems ten times as big and ten times as loud.

    Good luck on the evac!

  9. laughwithusblog says:

    Funny you should mention those pesky critters. We've gotten three (yes I counted) rain drops and now I've got flies! If the rain is going to drive in the flies it could at least have the decency to get the ground wet. Don't ya think? :_

  10. Oh my… That doesn't sound like a very desirable distraction from punishment. ๐Ÿ˜› Hope you can 'exterminate' them soon!

    Blessings in Christ,

  11. alice alfred says:

    I love the pictures you added ~ how did that fly stay still long enough for that shot? :>) I enjoy your blog so much I am adding your button to my blog… will be towards the bottom where I place friends' blog buttons!! Have a great day!

  12. GrumpyJaxMomOf3 says:

    I'd love to come visit…. My 6 year old is amazing at catching anything that flies…. Yes she has even caught a fly without killing. She can also clap them right out of the air. Naturally they do not survive this method of capture!

  13. I hate the fruit flies! They are so hard to get rid of. We have been doing a little canning and jam-making and they are out in full force. My favorite method is to suck them up the vacuum hose…they never know what hit 'em.

    Hey, thanks for your kind comment on my son's video. It was so exciting to see him on TV! He so wants to be famous. Think we are there yet?


  14. Urrg. Fruit flys are so annoying! Hahaaa… that's the same reason I haven't bought the zapper thingeee!

  15. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says:

    I never knew that about bananas. My secret weapon is The Terminex Man.

  16. Not that I'm happy to hear you are having trouble with these pesky visitors…but I kinda am. ONLY because it doesn't make me feel so bad. The flys and ants and fruit flies and spiders have been detected in my house, too. I'm relieved to know I'm not alone!

    AND! I learned something new from you too! Who knew the source of one of my problems are the bananas.

    So, thank you for that. And for letting me know these pests are not just my problem!

  17. Joann Mannix says:

    Great tip for the bananas. We have fruit flies down here in Florida, but fortunately not a lot of flies. Although, we make up for it with the myriad of other insects and creepy crawlies that live in the Tropics.

    I'm originally from Illinois and everyone up there has the zapper. they are miraculous. Good luck!

  18. Babblin' Brooke says:

    I had no idea that fruit fly eggs were in the tops of bananas. Now I know how and why the little critters get in my house! I've always wondered how that happened. The doors and windows were shut but there they were… unwelcomed and all. Thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Wow! Great tip about the ends of bananas! I've never heard that, but I'm going to start doing that! I hate those pesky little things.

  20. I have never heard that about bananas- that is crazy. So far this house seems pretty pest free, but when we lived in AZ we had crickets-lots and lots of crickets.

  21. Optimistic Mom says:

    I have never heard that about bananas. There is always a lesson to learn here. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Go luck with kicking your guest out.

  22. I didn't know that about the banana's and fruit fly relation, very interesting.

    We get an occasional fly in the house …. we have the zapper! LOVE IT!

  23. Fruit flies are so hard to get rid of. Some moved in several years ago and we've never quite gotten rid of all of them. Sure, their numbers diminish with time, but about the time I think they're gone something will get left out and draw them right back.
    I hope you manage to get rid of the little menaces!

  24. So we have come across a great way to get rid of fruit flies, and it works every time!
    If you put a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl, with a big squirt of dish soap. They are super attracted to it, and then with the soap, they drown, it's awesome, and cheap!

    Good luck, I hate fruit flies

  25. The Suburban Princess says:

    Those freaking regular flies are so sneaky at getting into the house! My husband chases them around at swats at them with his bare hands like he's in an epic battle with the little bastards! Eww…

  26. Ooh, I never knew that about bananas. I absolutely loathe flies–I hope you are able to get rid of them soon! We had a fly get inside today and one of our cats ate it. Maybe you need a cat!

  27. Ewwwwww, I'm totally grossed out now, as I eat a banana every morning! Never heard this before. There's no chance that I'm eating these eggs, is there?!

  28. Garden of Egan says:

    Ok! I'm laughing!
    I've spent a few minutes "wandering" around here and have laughed and giggled and laughed some more.
    You are so real.
    I love it!

    As for the fruit flies…..ick.
    Been there, done that.

  29. Sandra's Fiberworks says:

    We had a similar army, except of ants — hundreds of them, moving toward a single half eaten cookie; you reminded me that's a post i need to post!

  30. I have never, ever heard that random banana factoid before.

    And now I'm kinda grossed out, actually. We have a whole pile of bananas on our counter.

  31. Rach (DonutsMama) says:

    Very interesting about the banana stems. I hate fruit flies! My husband bought that sticky paper that you hang up, but that looks disgusting to me.

  32. Hopes@Staying Afloat! says:

    UGH! Fruit flies are SO annoy. Protect your potatoes. They seem to like those too. Don't ask me how I know…*shudder*

  33. All flies and creepy crawly bugs are nasty. I think I'll pass on visiting for awhile.

  34. Kim @ Mamas Monologues says:

    Oh yuck! I never knew that about the banana stems though. I'm going to do that.

  35. Nasty! Oh SO NASTY! Good tip though. I will have to use the banana cut offer end-er trick from now on.

  36. Oh wait…an those bug zapper things are pretty dang cool. Nope…I didn't have one, I'm too cheap. But my neighbor did and I got to watch her use it a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Try eating outdoors in Summer over here!!! And the ants are bad oh and let's not forget the mozzies!!! It's not Summer until you're covered in mozzie bites lol
    Thanks for tip re the bananas… ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Yikes! I didn't know that about fruit flies and bananas, that's good to know! I hope your little critters get vanquished ASAP!

  39. Lol you know I love ya! Prob cUz your experiences are soooo much like mine! I hate bugs! Blah! Least I don't have any sons!

  40. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    This is why JDaniel will to keep food in the kitchen. He would probably shove plates of unfinished food under his bed.

  41. Mommy2ยข says:

    YUCK! Fruit flies do suck; but I'll tell you what sucks even worse are Horse Flies! Those SOB's hurt like hell when they land on you – they bite…hard!! We've also had the pleasure of dealing with Brown Recluse spiders the past few months! That's not scary at all.

  42. currently enduring fruit flies too. must be the time of year or something. didn't know that about the banana's though – I'd always wondered how the darn things got in the house!!

    Natural trap: get a small dish and pour some cidar vinegar into it…add a few drops of dish soap. they love it AND they can't swim ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. We are having an issue with ants and now the cat has fleas. Good times.

  44. This is so funny! We had a fruit fly invasion last summer, and a 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water with just a smidge of dish soap at the bottom of a bowl did 'em in double-fast. Ug. Bugs!

  45. It's going to be cold here today and tomorrow, so I'm sure that means we're going to have a spider or 5 run into our house. UGH. HATE SPIDERS.

  46. I've never heard of the stem trick but I'll definitely do it!

  47. Mommy LaDy Club says:

    Would you like some tarantulas, bats or king snakes? They are all very welcomed and tolerated here, because of what they eat, but you just don't want them landing on you like a fruit fly!;)

  48. Laura@livingabigstory says:

    Do the bananas turn brown?

  49. Mommy Inconsistent says:

    I'm known as the fruit fly hunter around these parts…probably the only thing I've ever or will ever kill with my bare hands! (hopefully) They're driving me crazy…but Hubby assures me that they'll die off soon as it gets colder…in the meantime, I'll be cutting the ends of my bananas!

  50. Close To HOme says:

    I put out a small glass of wine to attract and kill fruit flies. Just put some saran wrap with a few little holes ontop. you will be surprised.

  51. Lexie Loo, Little Lily, and Dylan Too! says:

    I did not know that about bananas, but we do get fruit flies every so often. I'll have to try that!


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