Here are 5 Smart Ways to get rid of those Pesky Fruit Flies

1.  Unfiltered apple cider vinegar

Remove the cap from the bottle, you can pour out half into a container to save/reuse as you do not need a full bottle for this method! Cover the opening in plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. Then, poke a hole for the fruit flies to enter (does not have to be a big hole by any means). They can't resist the scent of vinegar, and they won't be able to exit once they're inside.

2. Vinegar and dish soap

If you find your fruit flies are impervious to the plastic wrap, you can try adding three drops of dish soap to a bowl of vinegar, (any size bowl will be just fine) and leave it uncovered. The soap cuts the surface tension of the vinegar so the flies will sink and drown.

3. A paper cone and a piece of fruit

Place a little vinegar and a chunk of very ripe fruit in a jar. Then, roll a piece of paper into a cone and stick it into the jar, placing the narrow opening down. The fruit flies will be drawn in, but won't be able to get out.

4. Red wine

Like vinegar, fruit flies love the smell of wine (kind of like most of us who love the taste of it!). Try leaving out an open bottle with a little liquid — the skinny neck will keep the flies trapped. Or instead of using fruit in the paper cone idea you could also pour a little red wine into the bottom of the jar instead.

5. Milk, sugar and pepper

For this method you will want to make sure everyone in the household knows that this milk isn’t for dipping your cookies in! Follow these steps; Combine a pint of milk, 4 ounces of raw sugar and 2 ounces ground pepper in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Then, pour into a shallow dish. The flies will be drawn to the mixture and quickly drown.

Now hopefully everyone out there who loves the taste and smells of the seasonal produce can actually enjoy it without having to swat those like bugs away! 

Geoff Archambault

Geoff Archambault

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CENTURY 21 Advanced Realty
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