Humans may be at the top of the food chain, but sometimes we are no match for pesky bugs that wreak havoc in our homes.
As summer approaches, our warm homes are the perfect haven for insects to get comfortable in.
To better enjoy your summer, check out these 10 simple tricks to rid your home of fruit flies once and for all. These methods are tried-and-tested, so feel free to get creative once in a while.
1. Dish Soap
Mix vinegar and a few drops of dish soap in a bowl, then cover it with plastic wrap. Cut a small hole and watch those fruit flies get trapped in just a few hours.
2. Red Wine
Flies love wine as much as we do. If you're not too concerned about wasting some of your delicious alcoholic drink, leave an inch of wine in an open bottle to draw the insects in.
Because the head of the bottle is quite thin, they'll have trouble getting out, that is if they don't get stuck in the sweet liquid.
Fruit flies don't like the cold, which is why you'll rarely see them in the winter. If you keep your home at a cool temperature in the summer months, you can keep them at bay.
Like most insects, they hate the smell of anything smokey because their lungs can't handle it.
If you love lighting incense, this is your perfect excuse. I like the scent of anything citrusy, like lemon eucalyptus and lemongrass.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
The easiest thing you can do is to pour some unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a bowl and cover it with a piece of plastic wrap. Cut a small opening so that the flies can come in, where they'll get trapped.
This one has to be the most popular fruit fly traps, but it doesn't work for everyone.
If you need a more creative way to tackle your home's fruit fly problem, keep reading for some unconventional, but tried-and-tested, methods.