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.
Fruit flies breed in drains. Pour a mixture of half white vinegar, half boiling water down the drain daily to stop them at the source. Try your best to keep the area around the drain dry to prevent new flies from forming.
Read all the way to the end of the article for a bonus way to get rid of flies and leave your home smelling fresh.
Do you need an excuse to open that bottle of red? Like vinegar, fruit flies love the smell of wine. Try leaving an open bottle with a little liquid in the bottom. The scent will draw in the pests, and the skinny neck will keep the flies trapped.
Milk, Sugar and Pepper
As strange as this hack sounds, it's a method from the Old Farmer's Almanac. Combine a pint of milk, 4 ounces of raw sugar, and 2 ounces of ground pepper into a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Then pour it into a shallow dish. The flies will be drawn to the mixture and then get trapped by the thickness of the liquid.
Fruit Fly Strips
Just like there are strips for rodents, and house flies, fruit flies have their own simple traps too. Hang these odorless strips from kitchen cabinet knobs near you most problematic spot and watch the flies disappear!
BONUS: Lemongrass Spray
While lemongrass essential oil won't kill fruit flies, it will sure keep them at bay, along with a number of other pests you don't want in your home.
Just add Lemongrass essential oil to a clean spray bottle with hot water and spray it along windowsills and doorways where you see flies. Not only will it uninvite these pests, but it will leave a nice refreshing scent.
Which trick do you use to get rid of fruit flies?