The Annual Visit of the Fruit Flies


With the high humidity and more than average rainfall recently, the annual visit of the fruit flies to Montreal is well underway. These tiny pests hang out in and around kitchen trash containers, drains and have a specific penchant for empty beer cans (evidently like me they are fond of Coors Light).

… note to entomologists: frankly if we are to maintain any degree of political correctness they should really be called gay flies

They don’t sting or bite or eat your fabrics, they just annoy. They get into drinks and food, where they die a happy death. They move about like a cloud then lite waiting for the next shift in air current. These fruit flies (note to entomologists: frankly if we are to maintain any degree of political correctness they should really be called gay flies) can drive a relatively sane person to distraction in no time.

Having tried numerous home remedies including vinegar and wine based traps, we decided to turn to technology and purchase a Fruit Fly Trap. I set it up last night, following the instructions to a T, placed the armed trap as suggested and went to bed.

Upon awakening this morning I made my way to the kitchen and sure enough, there were several flies on the counter in the vicinity of the trap. It was only when I approached the counter that I realized they were not dead but seemed to be laughing quite heartily. Once they noticed me they scooted off but I’m certain they found the trap to be some kind of joke.

I fear there is only one real solution to the fruit fly problem: October!

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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