Penns Valley Pests

Facebook is a-buzz with reports that mice and fruit flies are coming in from the cold. This year, I’m hoping to post a permanent “No Vacancy” sign in all of their favorite hide-aways.

Fruit Flies: A bowl of apple cider vinegar and a splash of dish soap is working miraculously for us. I caught 10 flies in 1 hour today. (I’m choosing not to focus on the fact that there were ten fruit flies to catch – ewww – but rather on the fact that I was extremely successful.) Other folks seem to have success with a glass of red wine. (Not drinking it, but putting it out as a trap for the flies. Though I suppose the former approach could work in its own way.) I also took some online advice and poured some bleach down the sink (apparently they nest in the pipes). Needless to say, with such an aggressive approach, I feel like a fierce fruit fly terminator.

Mice: Of course, we’ll be vacuuming more often and dusting off the old mice traps (our go-to bate is a smidgen of Laffy Taffy), but I just had to pass along this little tidbit: apparently, mice hate mint and cayenne pepper. So, pick up a bottle of peppermint oil from Burk’s for $1.99 and get sprinkling! (Thanks, Sonia.)

Do you have any good tips for evacuating Penns Valley’s seasonal pests?

Enjoy your home,

LauraEnjoy your home,

About Laura

We are one little family and we're on a mission: we want to discover our hometown and share the treasures with you! Just think of all the tractor-pulls, restaurants, farm stands, mom-and-pop shops, and local attractions that we'll enjoy together. We hope that our discoveries and ideas strengthen your family and our hometown Penns Valley, Pennsylvania.
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