There aren’t many other household pests that are more annoying to have buzzing about your kitchen than fruit flies. These common but sneaky pests can be especially hard to deal with because sometimes it’s hard to locate exactly where their source can be. Read on to learn more about these pests and how to create a fruit fly trap DIY to catch them.
What Attracts Fruit Flies
Typically it’s an untouched fruit bowl left out on the counter or a forgotten batch of potatoes tucked back into a pantry that lures fruit flies into your home. Fruit flies usually congregate around ripe and rotting food. Perishable food items that aren’t properly sealed, such as fruits and vegetables – especially bananas, melon, tomatoes, squash, and apples – are their favorites, but rotten onions and potatoes are also a big draw for these small, ⅛” long flies.
Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
When it comes to getting rid of fruit flies, there’s plenty of contraptions and sprays you can find in any local home improvement store to combat these pests. But there are also far easier and less toxic DIY methods that you can turn to. The best part is that the ingredients you’ll need are already in your kitchen and pantry.
What You Need For Your DIY Fruit Fly Trap
- Medium sized glass jar
- ½ c. apple cider vinegar
- Dish soap
- Plastic wrap
- Toothpick or fork
How To Set Up Your Fly Trap
- Find the right spot to place your fruit fly trap (such as next to the bowl of fruit that’s attracting the fruit flies).
- Take the glass jar and pour ½ c of apple cider vinegar into it.
- Add a small drop of dish soap and mix it together with the vinegar. Make sure to thoroughly mix it! This helps break the surface tension of the apple cider vinegar so the fruit flies can’t simply sit on top of the solution.
- Cover the jar with a piece of plastic wrap and use the toothpick or fork to poke several holes in the top. The holes will allow the flies to enter the trap.
- Now to wait until your fruit fly trap DIY fills up with fruit flies. Empty the jar and refill the jar with vinegar and soap. Leave the trap out until all of your fruit flies are gone (this may take a week or so).
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