Flight Control of Fruit Flies
Got fruit flies? Ugh. All it takes is one piece of rotting fruit, and you can find yourself with a maddening fruit fly infestation in your kitchen. Even if you throw out your produce and clean your kitchen, the fruit flies may persist. The best way to control fruit flies at this point is to get rid of the breeding adults. You can make a simple vinegar trap to catch and kill fruit flies that just won’t go away。
You can try fly paper or tape. Look for them at places that sell stuff to horse owners. Wipe down all kitchen surfaces with pure vinegar. You can also mix up some peels and other stuff in a container that you throw out daily. Here is a recipe for Fly Eliminator from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Fruit Fly Eliminator
1 pint milk
1/4 lb. raw sugar
2 ounces ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Pour the mixture into shallow dishes. Flies attack it greedily and soon suffocate. Recipe has been handed down in New England since 1850.
Check Your Houseplants
Those fruit flies could actually be gnats that hatch in plant soil. If you have live plants, check the soil when you water and see if the little critters are running around the pot and plant. If they are, you can buy the yellow sticky traps and put them in your plants.
I simply put 1/4 cup white vinegar and a squirt of liquid dishwashing soap in a cup and add water until the bubbles reach the top of the cup. Leave it on the counter and the fruit flies are attracted to it and they get stuck in the bubbles.
Place your vinegar trap in the area where you see the most fruit flies—likely near your garbage, produce bins, compost container, or any area with produce, organic waste, or standing water.
If you have a heavy fruit fly infestation, you might want to make several vinegar traps, and place them around your kitchen and in other rooms where fruit flies are present.
Fruit flies will fly into the glass, pass through the hole in the baggie, and become trapped in the glass. Within a few days, you should notice an accumulation of dead fruit flies floating in the vinegar. Empty the trap as needed, and refill it with fresh apple cider vinegar. A few well-placed vinegar traps, along with good housekeeping practices to discourage fruit flies, should get your infestation under control quickly.
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