Fruit Flies

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.

  1. Pour about an inch of apple cider vinegar into a glass jar or container, preferably one with a narrow mouth.
  2. Add a drop of dish soap to break the surface tension.
  3. Make a simple funnel using a sheet of of paper.
  4. 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.
  5. Place the trap near your kitchen compost pail and watch the magic.  The fruit flies will go in, but they won’t come out.
  6. 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!

20151111_110706

Other ways to reduce/eliminate fruit flies.

  1. Keep all fruit that can be refrigerated in the refrigerator.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.