This fruit fly trap is inexpensive and extremely effective. Planted on the kitchen counter, it will help deal with the annoying bugs once and for all. June and July are the months when they multiply at an alarming rate. This is when it’s easiest to get them to come with us to the store along with our fruits and vegetables. Once they cross the trials of our home, fighting them becomes a challenge. Here’s a home solution for fruit flies, an effective and easy-to-follow trap.
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies? A Homemade Trap Made of Apple Cider Vinegar and Dish Liquid.
To make a homemade trap, we need items that you probably already have in your kitchen. This will be a clean jar or glass, apple cider vinegar and ordinary dishwashing liquid. Also, food wrap, a rubber band and a thin stick.
Pour the apple cider vinegar into the jar. You need to pour so much of it that it fills at least half the height of the jar. Then add about 3 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid. Mix the whole thing thoroughly.
Then, cut a piece of cling film wider than the jar. Pull it tightly over its lid and secure it with a rubber band. Prominent parts of the foil can be folded under the jar or cut off with scissors. It is not a good idea to cut out the circle before covering the jar, because the foil is very sticky to the scissors.
In the stretched foil you need to make tiny holes. It is important that they are not too big. It is best to use a wooden toothpick or other sharp and thin object. Too large holes will make the flies can escape from the trap. A large number, small holes will increase the power of its action.
How Does the Trap Work?
The smell of vinegar lures the flies to the trap. Once they pass through the holes of the trap, they can no longer get out of it. Eventually they drown in it. Just leaving the trap for a few days will catch most of the flies out of the kitchen.
When all the flies caught in the trap have will sink to the bottom or float over the mixture. Just open it and pour the contents into the drain. If you remove the film gently, you can use it for the next trap.
Where Do Fruit Flies Come From in the Kitchen?
Fruit flies fly into the kitchen through an open window or are brought in with purchases from the store. They are saved by the scents of ripe or rotten vegetables and fruits. The fruit vinegar formed in them is food for them. It is in precisely these vegetables and fruits that they lay their eggs. It is for this reason that it is better not to eat fruits on which we have seen fruit flies resting. It is likely that the eggs are already laid under their skin. Flies reproduce very quickly.
What Smells Do Fruit Flies Not Like?
A clean and fresh-smelling kitchen is certainly not inviting to brood flies. Fruit flies do not like lavender and menthol scents. Some people choose to burn candles with these scents in the kitchen. It’s also a good idea to keep lavender (a strong-smelling variety) in pots on the kitchen windowsill.
Good luck, let us know how it works for you!!!