I hate fruit flies! They’re really easy to attract. Some fruit left a little too long, an escaped grape or blueberry, or just really hot humid weather and every day food. If you don’t want fruit flies to keep reoccurring, you must clean up the source. I find that once I figure out the main attraction, if I use vinegar and water, that is sufficient to clean up the source. However, you must get rid of the live flies if you want the problem to go away.
While Jon loves to use an electric tennis racquet shaped fly zapper, I like my way better of getting rid of fruit flies.
|The morning after|
- Small bowl or custard cup
- Apple cider vinegar
- Dish soap
1. Put the apple cider vinegar at least and inch or two deep in your container.
2. Add a few drops of dish soap.
3. Leave out overnight.
In the morning, voila, lots of dead flies in the bottom of the bowl.
The reason this works is the fruit flies are attracted to the sweetness in the apple cider vinegar. The dish soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar, so the flies land on the liquid and instead of standing on the surface, they fall in.
I have found sites that say you have to stretch plastic wrap over top and poke holes in it. I did a side by side comparison and found that the bowl with no cover was more effective.
|Comparing traps with and without plastic wrap|
I have found that this works wonders. However, new ones will show up if you do not get rid of whatever is attracting them.