With fresh fruits and vegetables come the dreaded fruit flies. These teeny tiny buggers aren’t harmful but they do multiply and are highly irritating. When the weather turned warm, we noticed more and more flying around in our kitchen. I used a very simple and all natural method to trap and kill them. Now, I rarely see them anymore.
The method is SO simple that it never dawned on me to write about it until I saw that our friends had the same fruit flies problem. Since they did not know how to get rid of them, I realized that some of you may need a tip too.
Here’s how to trap fruit flies with what you already have at home:
Take a small bowl or ramekin and pour in a thin layer of a fruity, sticky vinegar. I used balsamic vinegar but apple cider vinegar is also a good choice. Leftover wine works too!
Next, stretch a piece of cling film over the bowl. Using a toothpick, poke some holes a bit bigger than the flies all over the cling film. Leave the fly trap near your fruit bowl, sink, garbage, or wherever the fruit flies tend to buzz around.
The fruit flies, drawn to the smell of the vinegar, will crawl in through the holes. They’re too dumb to find their way out and will eventually drown in the vinegar. Problem solved.
In addition, wash your fruit as soon as you bring them home to remove any eggs that will hatch into flies. If you know someone experiencing the same annoying problem, be sure to share this quick little tip with them!