Fruit flies are annoying and pesky little insects that buzz around mostly in kitchens or near where the garbage can is. These flying nuisances thrive anywhere food is left out such as on kitchen counters, dining tables and near the recycling containers.
You can try and spend all day swatting these flies, but there just seems to be a never ending supply. You can solve this little problem with a few handy items. It's inexpensive yet very effective. Here's how to create a fruit fly trap.
- Clear away any food items left out. Make sure to keep food in the refrigerator after eating. If you need to cool something before putting it in the ref, put it in the microwave first or make sure it's covered. Wipe kitchen counters clean.
- Make sure the garbage can is always kept clean. Throw out the garbage at the end of the day, wash the garbage pail and sanitize it. Keep the garbage can covered at all times. If you have a recycling bin in your home, empty and rinse aluminum cans before crushing them.
- Get a small clear and clean jar. It should have a wide mouth and be odorless. Avoid using jars that contain strong smelling food items such as salsa, pickles or garlic. You will be placing bait in the jar so you don't want any other scents to compete with the scent of your bait.
- Place a small piece of banana inside the jar. Next, cover the jar with a clear plastic wrap. Secure the wrapper on the mouth of the jar with a rubber band. An alternative bait that works is a tomato or even a little bit of red wine or apple cider vinegar. Observe your home and see what the flies are attracted to most and use that.
- Use a sharp pencil and start poking about 4 holes on the plastic over of the jar. This will serve as the entry point of the fruit fly. They will be able to go inside the jar but won't be able to get out.
- An alternative to covering the mouth of the jar with a plastic cover is to make a funnel out of paper. The end should be small enough for the flies to get it but not big enough for them to get out. Place it so it covers the entire opening of the jar.
- Place the jar trap where you commonly find the fruit flies. You can put it near the kitchen trashcan or on a countertop, but you'll soon notice that it will start to fill up with flies. Some people choose to hide it in a more discreet place to avoid seeing it. As soon as it's filled, you can empty out the jar and repeat the process until your environment is free of flies. You'll need to change the bait every three days.
- If you don't have a jar, mix ¼ cup vinegar with a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Pour some water in it until it bubbles over. Leave it out and the flies will get stuck on the bubbles.
Any of these homemade traps should work and you'll see results immediately.