Alcohol: a key babyproofing product for this little mother. Illustration by Daniel M.N. Turner/Photos via istockphoto.com hide caption toggle caption Illustration by Daniel M.N. Turner/Photos via istockphoto.com The Salt For Fruit Flies, Alcohol Really Is Mommy's Little Helper February 22, 2013 A glass of wine can be a welcome sight after a long day watching the kids, but fruit fly moms use alcohol from fermenting fruit to protect their offspring from marauding wasps. That's just one of the ways the tiny flies are using booze to survive the slings and arrows of existence.