You know the scenario: You picked up some fresh fall apples 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.
Fruit flies are a nuisance in every household, any time of year. They have a short lifespan, reproduce quickly, and mature 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
Remove cap from a bottle of apple cider vinegar 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.
- Wine Bottle Trap
Leave a little wine in the bottom of a bottle and place on the counter. Fruit flies will fly in but the bottle neck 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 the fruit bowl.
- 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.
Put down that old-fashioned fly swatter! The Flyshooter is the fast and fun way to kill flies and other household pests. Just pop in the spring-loaded swatter, pull the trigger and SMACK! Pick off those annoying, dirty home invaders before they even know what hit 'em! The Flyshooter is easy, effective, and safer than smelly bug sprays.