Do fruit flies have you bugged?
There is no need to purchase a store-made fruit fly trap. You can easily make a DIY trap with a few simple items.
- Pour about an inch of apple cider vinegar into a glass jar or container, preferably one with a narrow mouth.
- Add a drop of dish soap to break the surface tension.
- Make a simple funnel using a sheet of of paper.
- Place the funnel into the mouth of the container, making sure there are no gaps between the paper and the mouth of the jar. You can use a bit of tape if necessary.
- Place the trap near your kitchen compost pail and watch the magic. The fruit flies will go in, but they won’t come out.
- If your flies need more coaxing, you can add a small piece of fruit to the vinegar. (I have never had to do this.)
A dark wine bottle is my container of choice when making a trap. It has a very narrow mouth and I can’t see the flies as they die in the vinegar – most unappealing!
Other ways to reduce/eliminate fruit flies.
- Keep all fruit that can be refrigerated in the refrigerator.
- Give fruit that will sit on the counter (like bananas) a quick rinse when you unpack your groceries. Fruit fly eggs often come home with you, already on the fruit you’ve purchased.
- Warmer months are more problematic. If you get an especially frustrating case of fruit flies… set your kitchen compost pail just outside where it’s most convenient. Do this for a few days, along with using a trap and you should be able to eliminate the problem.