I know we can’t possibly be the only household that has been battling the dreaded fruit flies this summer. It seems like they just invade and they never leave. Not only is it unsanitary, but it’s so annoying, too. You could keep the cleanest house, but still have little fruit flies swarming you every time you open up the garbage in your kitchen.
It’s enough to drive you batty, isn’t it? Thankfully, there’s a simple solution to this problem using some things you probably already have in your cupboards and around your house!
Here’s everything you need to get rid of your fruit-fly problem for good!
What You Need:
1. Apple Cider vinegar
2. Old fruit
3. A glass
4. 1 piece of paper
What You Do:
1. Fill the bottom of your glass with apple cider vinegar. It doesn’t need to be anymore than 1″ high.
2. Add the old fruit to the bottom. Just a few pieces will do. This is the bait for those little fruit flies and the thing that will lure them into your trap!
3. Roll-up your piece of paper and insert in the opening of the glass. Make sure it is not touching the apple cider vinegar in the bottom.
4. Set your trap wherever you have the most “fruit fly traffic” and leave it be.
How it Works:
The fruit flies will be attracted by the old fruit at the bottom of your glass. They’ll fly into the paper and try and get the fruit. For some reason, they do not fly back out the way they came in. That part is a mystery to me. They’ll then fly to the outer edge of the glass to stay “above” the apple cider vinegar, but they’ll soon grow tired and end up dying in the vinegar. It sounds cruel and unusual, but so is the fact that they’re swarming and bugging you all the time in your own kitchen!
We were surprised how quickly this little trap began to work. Before we knew it we had fruit flies dead in the apple cider vinegar and more fruit flies working their way into our trap. Alea was amazed and would come to us with a report of how many dead fruit flies she counted in our trap. Too funny, right?
Do you have a fruit fly problem? Have you ever made a fruit fly trap before?