Fruit flies are a nuisance that will eventually afflict every household. All it takes is a piece of fruit or vegetables that have been left out for a week… and you’ll find you have many new flying friends. The simple answer for getting rid of fruit flies is to keep everything refrigerated. Also, eat your perishables before they go bad. But if you’re reading this post, it’s likely that first piece of advice has failed you. So what should you do next?
By Timothy Dahl
Although typically attracted to ripened fruits and vegetables, fruit flies can breed in trash cans, garbage disposals, mops, and drains. They just need a moist film of fermenting material to lay their eggs, and within a couple of days you can have an infestation.
Removing rotting organic material and placing it in outdoor trash bins gets rid of most fruit flies, but they usually don’t go away quite that easily. Counters, cutting boards, sinks, and drains, need to be wiped down and cleaned to ensure there are no crumbs or rinds that will attract fruit flies again.
But well all else fails, it’s time to build a simple fruit fly trap to get rid of the remaining stragglers. This way will effectively capture adult fruit flies without chemicals, using a natural and safe method.
First wrap a small piece of paper into a cone shape, and tape it together. Then place the cone into a glass or jar and pour a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar on the bottom. You could also use a couple pieces of fruit to attract the flies, but liquid usually works better.
Another effective trap you can make is again baiting a jar with apple cider vinegar and wrapping the top of the jar with thin sealing plastic and holding it in place with a rubber band. Then poke small holes in the top, so flies can enter but can’t easily leave. Follow these steps, and you’ll be back to a thankfully fly-free kitchen.
This article was originally written for and posted by Popular Mechanics USA.