Wherever fruits are harvested or stored in summer, fruit flies can’t be far behind. We’ll show you how to get rid of fruit flies, and how to make your own DIY fruit fly trap, to help you eliminate your fruit fly problem in a matter of days.
It’s best to avoid chemicals whenever possible when dealing with pests, especially near the food you eat. One natural and effective method to get of fruit flies is using your own DIY fruit fly traps that you can put together with materials you probably already have at home.
DIY Fruit Fly Trap: The Vinegar Method
To get rid of fruit flies by using this DIY fruit fly trap, you’ll need:
- a shallow bowl, container, or cup
- 1 T vinegar
- ¼ c (apple) juice
- a drop of liquid soap
Mix all the above items together in your container and fill any remaining space with water, almost to the brim. Place the container next to the fruit that is attracting the flies.
The odor of your vinegar trap will quickly attract the little troublemakers. The soap decreases the water’s surface tension so that the flies cannot simply land on the surface; instead, they’ll fall through the liquid. You’ll be shocked how quickly this DIY fruit fly trap starts to work!
But Where Do Fruit Flies Even Come From?
As far as pests go, it could be worse (imagine bed bugs, for example!). Fruit flies don’t really do anything, but they are definitely annoying. They tend to invade in swarms and take over your kitchen. To understand how to get rid of fruit flies, it’s important to understand why they appear in the first place:
- During the warmest months, they are attracted by the scent of ripe fruit and come in through open windows.
- Food waste in garbage and compost bins is irresistible to those flying nuisances.
- Ripe bananas or damaged apples are just two of many optimal breeding grounds for fruit fly maggots.
- It’s not uncommon to inadvertently bring fruit flies home with your produce – in larval form, developed at the grocery store – before hatching in your kitchen a few days later.
- With up to 400 eggs per laying female and a development cycle of just two weeks, the population can become a true plague in a very short amount of time.
How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies: Stop The Problem Before It Starts
Preventing a fruit fly invasion before it starts is much easier than trying to figure out how to get rid of all the fruit flies after the fact – even with our effective DIY fruit fly trap. Of course, in the summertime that may be no easy undertaking! There are a few simple measures that you can take to help minimize the risk:
- Eat or process fruits quickly; don’t keep them around out in the open.
- Learn how to store apples and other fruits properly to prevent them from becoming overripe or spoiling.
- If you have more bananas than you can handle, try freezing your bananas to make delicious banana nice cream later. Or you could slice them and put them in the oven to make banana chips.
- Place extremely ripe or damaged fruit in the refrigerator, or simply turn them into a something delicious, like vegan apple pie or homemade applesauce.
- Take out your garbage and compost out more often during the warmest months of the year.
- Don’t leave open bottles or glasses of wine or fruit juice out for too long.
- If possible, install screens on your windows.
- Don’t store bananas or apples near other fruits, as this will hasten the ripening process.
This article was translated from German. You can view the original here: Fruchtfliegenfalle selber machen: So kannst du Obstfliegen loswerden.** Links to retailers are partially affiliate links: If you buy here, you actively support Utopia.org because we get a small portion of the proceeds.
Do you like this post?