How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Home

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Macro of common fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) on piece of rotting banana fruit.

While you probably love your summer produce, unfortunately you are not the only one. Those pesky fruit flies always manage to find a way to get to your summer pickings in no time at all. Fortunately, there are a few different ways that you can get rid of fruit flies in your home.

Apple Cider Vinegar Trap– Fruit flies will be attracted to the fermentation smell of the apple cider vinegar. The problem is that they will flock to drink the mixture but they will not be able to get out and will essentially drown.

Ingredients:

  • Mason jar
  • Funnel
  • ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Drop of dish soap

Directions:

Heat the apple cider vinegar in the microwave and then pour into the mason jar. Add in the dish soap since this will break up the surface of the mixture. Add the funnel to the jar so the flies can get in but not out.

Red Wine Trap– Yes, we are going to get the fruit flies drunk. Fruit flies are very attracted to red wine and will quickly congregate to any that is left out. All you need to do is leave about a ½ inch of red wine in the bottle. Let the bottle set out on the counter and watch the flies congregate inside.

Fruit Scrap Trap– It makes sense that since fruit flies are attracted to fruit, why not use fruit as bait to catch them. Just take any type of container and fill it ¼ of the way with fruit peel scraps. Cover the container with plastic wrap and hold in place with a rubber band. Poke a couple of holes in the plastic wrap. The fruit flies will use these holes to get in but will be trapped once inside.

Burn Incense– Incense works very well in getting rid of fruit flies. Fruit flies have tiny lungs that cannot handle the smoke from the incense. When they inhale the smoke, they will quickly die.

 

 

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