How to Get Rid of Pesky Fruit Flies
After what seems to have been the longest winter ever, we are finally reaching that time of year where warmer weather is here to stay. With the warmer temps comes outdoor activities like hiking, pool days, sporting events, and weekly trips to the local farmers markets. Unfortunately, the warmer weather not only brings people out, but bugs as well. One of the most pesky summer creatures that ALWAYS seems to find its way to your farmers market haul? Fruit flies. Luckily, there are several tested (and simple) strategies to get rid of those pesky fruit flies, and we’ve put together a list of them here:
1. Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
Step 1: Remove the lid from a bottle of unfiltered apple cider vinegar. The bottle doesn’t have to be full, even a nearly empty bottle of vinegar will work!
Step 2: Cover the bottle with plastic wrap, and secure it onto the bottle with a rubber band.
Step 3: Poke a hole in the plastic wrap.
Step 4: Place near fresh fruit.
The fruit flies won’t be able to resist the smell of the vinegar, but due to the plastic wrap they won’t be able to escape the bottle once they’re inside.
You can find unfiltered apple cider vinegar in your local grocery store, or purchase a bottle for under $4 here.
2. Vinegar and Dish Soap
If the previous apple cider vinegar bottle of doom doesn’t work for your fruit flies, you aren’t out of options yet! Try pouring the vinegar into a bowl, and adding a few drops of dish soap to it. Leave the bowl uncovered this time! The fruit flies still won’t be able to resist the smell of the vinegar, but this time the soap will cut the surface tension of the vinegar -trapping the flies in and making them sink down to the bottom.
You can purchase some dish soap here.
3. Milk, Sugar, and Pepper
Don’t have vinegar? You can easily combine these household staples to reduce your fruit fly problem in no time! Combine a pint of milk, 4oz. of raw sugar, and 2oz.of ground black pepper into a saucepan and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Then, pour into a shallow dish and let the mixture do its magic! Similar to the vinegar, the flies will be drawn into the mixture and quickly drown.
4. Aunt Fannie’s FlyPunch
Don’t feel like making a DIY fruit fly trap? No worries, you can purchase a pre-made one! Aunt Fannie’s FlyPunch is fast, lasts up to 30 days, and non-toxic! All you have to do is open the bottle and leave it out near your fruit bowl!
You can purchase it here.