CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Gardens are growing and fruit trees are producing. That means Heartland kitchens are full of fresh local produce. Unfortunately, a pesky pest comes along with fresh fruits and veggies.
It starts out slow – you see one fruit fly in your kitchen, but soon your house is taken over by the bugs that seem to come out of nowhere and be everywhere at once. That's what this week's tester faced at her Cape Girardeau home.
Rebecca Smoot says lately she hasn't been able to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables without being swarmed by fruit flies.
“I was making a salad the other night and it seemed like I was constantly trying to swat them away,” Smoot said.
Smoot wants the flies to shoo, and hopes the Pic Fruit Fly Trap will make them buzz off for good.
“We've been trying to swat at them, smash them,” said Smoot. “We're anxious to see what it does.”
Smoot set the trap according to the directions, filling the center bait canister with warm water and inserted the sticky strips on either side. She placed the cover over the trap, and then all she had to do was wait to see if her unwanted guests took the bait.
“I'm excited to see if it traps them all in here,” Smoot said.
We left the trap with Smoot over the weekend and asked her to document fruit fly activity. She sent in cell phone video of fruit flies in action flying over a wine glass and food. She says it's what she didn't see that is more interesting. She says she never saw a fruit fly approach the trap.
“I actually saw one fly over the top of the trap and land on the glass of red wine,” Smoot said.
On Monday we opened the trap up to see if it had snared any unsuspecting fruit flies. It hadn't.
“There's nothing there,” Smoot said. “Not a single fruit fly.”
Smoot wanted to give the trap the benefit of the doubt and took it to her friend Alyssa McClellan's house. McClellan had an even bigger fruit fly problem than Smooth that she was in the midst of managing using a bowl of apple cider vinegar.
McClellan dumped out the bowl of vinegar and placed the Pic Fruit Fly Trap by the sink in its place. McClellan left the trap in place overnight, and the next day Smoot returned. She opened the trap up a second time to find it empty again.
The trap costs $7.99. After seeing its lackluster performance, Smoot says she'd spend that money elsewhere.
“For $8, I don't think I would buy this,” Smoot said. “I would buy an $8 bottle of wine and leave the remnants out.”
Smoot gives the Pic Fruit Fly Trap zero stars on this Does It Work test.