Sunday, May 31, 2015

DIY Fruit Fly Trap

If fruit flies seem to have invaded your kitchen, look no further than these two simple "traps" to get rid of them. 

Apple Cider Vinegar in a Jar

You'll need a glass jar, some apple cider vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and a sheet of paper and tape.

Firstly, pour up to one or two fingers of apple cider vinegar into the jar. Add a few drops of dish soap in the vinegar.

Then, roll the sheet of paper into a funnel and place it into the jar. You can secure it with a bit of tape. Make sure there are no gaps – no matter how small – between the funnel and the lip of the jar.

Leave the jar out on your kitchen counter. The apple cider vinegar should soon attract fruit flies into the jar. The funnel leads them in, but it keeps them from getting out.

Meanwhile, aside from attracting the flies, the apple cider vinegar should serve to drown them, thanks to the bit of dishwashing liquid that makes it impossible for the flies to escape upon landing on its surface.

A bowl of fruit and plastic wrap

You'll need: a bowl or a glass jar; plastic wrap; tape or rubber band; a piece or several pieces of fruit or their skins or peelings; a toothpick or a similar object with a sharp, pointy end.

Place the fruit in a bowl or jar. For best results, use ripe or rotting fruit. Cover the opening with plastic wrap, securing it over the lip of the container with tape or rubber band. Then, poke small holes in the wrap with a toothpick or a similar implement. 

The rich, rotting smell attracts fruit flies, which get in through the holes in the plastic. Fruit flies aren't exactly the smartest creatures out there – they won't be able to find their way back out. Simply leave the jar on the table, then take it outside, to the trash or the compost pit, when it has trapped enough flies. You can also opt to uncover the bowl outside and simply let the fruit flies go – out here, they won’t be a nuisance in your home anymore.

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