Fruit flies are harmless but they are nuisance. That may in fact be their only crime but that dooms them to death. It may sound callous and cold but if you have experienced the irritation of these little flies your empathy may be short lived.
They breed and live in the garbage cans, damp rags and mops and can even be found in drains. They are yellow in color with distinct red eyes. These flies lay their eggs near the surface of food that is fermenting. They love ripened fruits and moist vegetables so you will find them mostly in your kitchen. Fruit flies reproduce quickly and can soon become a full on infestation if not dealt with. Each female fruit fly lays hundreds of eggs on your fruit and other surfaces.
Seeing fruit flies in your bathroom, bedroom and even living room should not come as a surprise. Anywhere they find a damp, conducive environment for reproducing fruit flies will indiscriminately breed.
The Fruit Fly Trap
A fruit fly trap is the ultimate solution to getting rid of these pesky bugs. It traps the flies preventing them from flying and eventually they die in the trap. You can buy fruit fly traps from Amazon and the local pesticide store but before going commercial try out these home-made traps and save some money. Keep in mind that commercial fruit fly traps use the same ingredients you will use in your home-made trap.
Old farmer almanac trap
Boil a half a glass of milk with a half cup of sugar and quarter cup of raw pepper. The combination gives off a semi fermented scent that will attract fruit flies to it. Let the mixture cool and pour into a bowl. The fruit flies will settle into it for a drink but the strong scent and flavor of pepper will choke them to death.
White vinegar trap
Vinegar attracts fruit flies because of its fermentation. They can’t resist the scent of naturally acidic smell of broken down material. The little flies will fly right into a jar of open vinegar and drown s they ry to consume it.
Pour a quarter cup full of vinegar in a jar and cover with clear plastic wrap. Poke a few holes into the plastic cover to let the scent waft out. Then poke another larger hole on the wrap that the flies will enter through to get to the vinegar.
As the flies start to flock to the vinegar, add some dish washing soap to the vinegar that will keep the flies stuck to the solution. They will dip into the vinegar for a drink but won’t be able to leave eventually dying inside the jar.
Apple cider vinegar trap
Apple cider vinegar has two favorite components of a fruit fly meal: the scent of fruit and the scent of acidity. You can follow the same process as the white vinegar solution above just interchange the white vinegar for apple cider. You may find apple cider to be even more effective than white vinegar.
Fruit peel jar
Fruit flies love fruits right? Then give them some in vary controlled environment one which they cannot leave once they fly in. A, jar or plastic container will work. So put the peels in the jar and close the hole using a plastic wrap with holes poked into it and a small opening. The flies will enter and never leave.