Teach the Children?

I spent the better part of my years trying to teach my children. I taught them right from wrong. I taught them how to be responsible.

I signed them up to volunteer with the Red Cross to teach them how to give of themselves to others.

They learned how to cook, clean house, mow the yard, clean the pool, do laundry and other things that helped them learn how to take care of themselves and their families in the basic ways.

Teach Children & They Will Teach You

But imagine my surprise when I am now being ‘taught’ by my daughter!


Sarah and her daughter, Ava, came to visit last week. We thoroughly enjoyed both of them, and had a lot of fun helping Sarah work on a project she had.

At one point, we were standing in the kitchen. As I washed up a few vegetables from the garden, we noticed some of those aggravating tiny black fruit flies start to swarm.

I hate those little pests. No matter how hard you work to get rid of them, they end up multiplying. I started complaining about them, but Sarah never blinked an eye. She just gave a tiny nod and started moving.

She went fishing through the trash can, and the Country Boy and I just looked at each other with a question in our eyes.

When she replaced the lid, we noticed she had a plastic soft drink bottle in her hand. “It’s a little trick I learned from a friend,” was all she said. Next, she grabbed a pair of scissors from the drawer and began cutting.

As she cut, she asked me for some apple cider vinegar and tape. In less than two minutes, she placed a Fruit Fly trap on the counter. “There. That’ll get them.”

And she was right. Within a few minutes, the first of the flies were swimming in the vinegar. By the end of the evening, there were no more fruit flies hanging around the counter, they were all in the trap.

The way it was designed, they could go in, but they couldn’t get out again. Score one for Sarah!

Sarah’s Fruit Fly Trap

If you have a problem with fruit flies in the kitchen, try Sarah’s trap. It’s easy and very inexpensive to make, just the cost of the soft drink you just consumed (which you ordinarily would have thrown out or recycled), or the ½ cup of vinegar.

  • 1 – 16.9 oz. plastic soft drink bottle (with a short neck)
  • Scissors & tape
  • ½ cup (or less) Apple Cider Vinegar

Cut around the bottle about 1/4:” below the rounded shoulder, creating a funnel. Insert the funnel into the base of the bottle. Tape to secure. Add vinegar, making sure there is some space between the top of the bottle and the vinegar.

Place the bottle on the countertop, close to where you are working with your fresh fruits or vegetables. Once the vegetables are processed or refrigerated, the fruit flies with gravitate towards the sweet smell of the vinegar.

Gotta Love Your Kids

I love my kids, and am proud of both of them. They have grown up to be fun, respectful and resourceful adults, and Sarah is proving herself to be a great Mom.

I am finding, though, that one of the best parts is the role-reversal. Both of them are now ‘the teacher’ – and it looks like I have a lot to learn from both of them!

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

1 Comment

  1. Those are also good in chicken coops to catch flies. I make them all the time! You do have to replenish/replace them outside after rain, but they are a cheap, quick fix for any kind of fly problem.

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