Rid Your Home of Fruit Flies With This DIY Trap

August 15, 2018

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The summer is full of ripe and delicious fruit and vegetables and with those fruits usually comes those pesky fruit flies! However there is a simple and effective home hack you can use to rid your house of the gnat-like pests.  All you need is some cider vinegar, a jar, dish soap, a rubber band and plastic wrap. Pour just enough cider vinegar to cover the bottom of the jar. Add a drop of dish soap. Then cover the jar with plastic wrap and poke a few holes in the top. Fruit flies are attracted to the scent of apple cider vinegar and can’t resist flying into the jar. Once they’re in, they can’t get out. The dish soap will break the surface tension of the vinegar so the fruit flies can't just sit atop the liquid and begin to sink. Add a piece of overripe fruit to further entice the flies.  Another method is to take a piece of paper and roll it into a cone and instead of using plastic, stick the cone into the apple cider vinegar-filled Mason jar, placing the narrow opening down. The fruit flies will be drawn in, but won't be able to get out.  Don’t forget, these traps may take care of the adult population, but there still may be larvae lurking. To keep them from coming back, make sure your kitchen and home is free of standing water, mop buckets, leaking pipes, etc. If a stinky sink seems to be the source, dilute a capful of bleach with 12 oz. hot water and pour it in the drain.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy & Wide Open Eats

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