It's the season again that we are batting away fruit flies from our fresh produce, dinner plates and kitchen counters. These pesky creatures find their way into your home and can be a pain to try and remove! What starts out as just a couple of flies in your farmer's market haul, turns into and infestation that takes over your entire kitchen.
While your best bet for keeping these pests at bay is to store your fresh fruit in sealed places, it doesn't take long before an overripe banana sits out a little too long and then it's too late.
Banish that mushy produce and then try one of these effective methods to banish fruit flies from your kitchen.
Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
Remove the cap from a bottle (it doesn't have to be full, almost empty works too) and cover the opening with plastic wrap. Secure it with a rubber band and then poke a hole for the fruit flies to enter. They love the scent of Apple Cider Vinegar, and once they enter the bottle they won't be able to get back out again.
"No matter how hard I try to prevent fruit flies every summer, they seem to always find me. Every year, I Google 'how to get rid of fruit flies' and every year, I end up using this tried-and-true method. It's not pretty, but it is pretty effective," says Kim at Today's Creative Blog.
Vinegar and Dish Soap
If you find that your trapped fruit flies are finding their way out of the plastic wrap again, try adding 3 drops of dish soap to a bowl of vinegar and it it uncovered. The soap will trap the flies so they won't be able to get away again.
A Paper Cone and a Piece of Fruit
Try baiting your fruit flies with a very ripe piece of fruit in a jar. Place a little vinegar in with the chunk of fruit and then roll a piece of paper into a cone, sticking it into the jar placing the narrow opening down.
The fruit flies will be drawn in, but won't be able to get out of the trap.
"I learned this method from a friend who used to sell produce, and I think it is easier to put together and more effective than others. Instead of using plastic wrap, I use scrap paper that I can then compost later," says Tiffany at Nature Moms.
Continue to the next page for a trick with Red Wine and a Spray that will bid these pests fairwell.