You know the scenario: You picked up some fresh fruit and made a nice display on the kitchen counter, but in no time at all, a cloud of pesky fruit flies is hovering over it before you even get a chance to enjoy the fruit.
What Are Fruit Flies?
Fruit flies are a nuisance in every household, any time of year. The common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has a short lifespan, reproduce quickly, and matures from egg to adulthood in 8-10 days. They thrive in moist, damp places, such as compost/garbage bowls, kitchen waste cans, disposals and drains, and are mainly attracted to fruits, especially those that are fermenting or rotting. Send them packing with any one of these 5 homemade, natural fruit fly traps that work!
5 Best DIY Fruit Fly Traps
- Apple Cider Vinegar Bottle Trap
Pour about a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar into an empty bottle and cover the opening with plastic wrap. Secure with a rubber band. Poke a hole in the plastic wrap with a small nail. Fruit flies will fly in but won’t be able to get out.
- Beer Trap
Pour about a half-cup of beer (old or fresh) in a mason jar with a lid. Hammer a couple of holes in the metal lid and secure. Fruit flies enjoy the beer then drown. You can reuse this trap all summer!
- Wine Bottle Trap
Leave a little wine in the bottom of a bottle and place it on the counter. Fruit flies will fly in but the bottleneck prevents them from finding their way out.
- Fresh Basil
Fruit flies don’t like fresh basil so keep a potted herb on the counter to deter them. Or pluck a few of the leaves and place in the bottom of your fruit bowl to keep them out of it.
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Dish Soap Trap
Fill a small bowl with apple cider vinegar and 2 drops liquid dish soap. Mix well and leave on the counter (away from pets). Fruit flies will be drawn to the bowl and meet their demise.
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