You buy fruit and what happens after just a day or two on your kitchen counter? Yucky fruit flies! It’s a common problem. You’re not alone! The good thing is that they’re totally harmless. They don’t make you sick or cause any trouble. But where do they come from? And more importantly, how do you get rid of them?
Luckily, they’re very easy to control!
How you do it:
Trap them.Ripe bananas are a great lure for fruit flies. Place an unripe banana in an uncovered plastic water bottle and leave it out near your fruit bowl. The flies will gravitate towards the ripening banana and you can easily screw the cover back on and toss the whole bottle in the trash. Some big hardware stores also sell small traps for catching fruit flies, if you want a stronger lure and cage.
Vinegar! Add vinegar and water to a plastic bottle, fill it about ¼th of the way. Punch a few small holes near the top of the bottle and leave it on your counter. The flies are attracted to the smell of vinegar and will fly into your trap. Eventually they’ll get trapped in the water and drown.
Red wine! Pour some red wine into a small bowl and cover it in plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic is secure and poketiny holes in the top with a toothpick. The flies are attracted to the red wine and enter the trap, then they either drown or are trapped and expire in the bowl. Drowning in wine doesn’t seem like such a bad way to go.
Vinegar and dish soap! Basically you use the same technique as the red wine trap. If you don’t want to use clear plastic wrap, foil will also do. Just fill a bowl with vinegar and a touch of dish soap, then cover it with foil and punch small holes in the top.Sometimes insects can land on top of water and fly away without sinking, but thedish soap actually traps them in the vinegar.