A fruit fly trap that is. I've been canning pears, and pear butter and pear syrup. The pear syrup is something I came up with on the fly...no pun intended. It is soooo yummy!
We don't have a garage, just a barn, but the barn is too far away from the house to make it handy to store pears until ready to can. So, I had to bring boxes of pears into the house and store them in the laundry room until I could can them. Can you see where I'm going? In a word, "fruit flies,"...okay that's two words, but about a gajillion and three fruit flies!
I'm finally am down to two boxes of pears yet to can, so I put them out on the back deck for the night and set up my Pinterest inspired fruit fly trap. And it is working.
It's hard to see in the picture, but there are already dozens in the trap. I'll let it sit overnight, take it outside tomorrow to let them out, retape it and bring it back in until all the nasty critters are gone. It's just a piece of paper rolled up into a cone with a tiny hole at the tip, taped up the side, then set into a jar with a piece of overripe fruit in it. It doesn't have to be a pear, I just had a bajillion and one available. Tape the cone to the jar all around the rim, making sure there are no holes for the flies to escape through.
I pinned the idea from here:
On a much more pleasant note, I have 38 quarts and 3 pints of pears canned so far, along with 3 pints each of pear butter and pear syrup. Take a peek at all the yumminess:
I'll post the recipe for the pear butter and syrup in the next day or three, depending on how my canning goes. Must make hay while the sun shines!