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July 22, 2015

How To Easily Get Rid of Fruit Flies

We've all been there, you have some bananas or peaches lying on the counter that are starting to get pretty ripe, (aka fermenting) and you notice some teeny-tiny little bugs flying above them. On closer inspection you realize you have some unwelcomed guest, fruit flies!


These pest are extremely annoying, fast, and hard to get rid of. Did you know that fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time near the surface of ripening foods or other organic materials? They can also lay their eggs in sink drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, garbage bags, and even damp mops and sponges!


So how do you get rid of them? The first thing you want to do is eliminate what's attracting them. Don’t leave ripened fruits or vegetables exposed, keep your recycling bins that hold empty bottles and cans clean, making sure the bottles and cans are thoroughly rinsed before discarding them, and make sure the bottom and sides of garbage cans are free of any small pieces of food or juice spills.

See that dark ring around the bottom of the bowl? That is at least 100 or more fruit flies!

Your second line of defense is to set a trap for them. The easy one I'm sharing with you today is super simple to make, and effective! All you do is pour some apple cider vinegar (Which is fermented apples, a fruit flies dream) into a small bowl, add three drops of dish soap, which breaks the surface tension and causes the flies to sink, then set the bowl right where the problem area is. Then you wait. It wont take long, within a minute or two, you'll have fruit flies buzzing over it, investigating the sweet smell of the apple cider vinegar. Before you know it the flies are practically diving into the stuff. Leave the bowl there for 24 hours and voila, the flies are gone. It's that easy!

How To Easily Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Ingredients

1/3 - 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
3 drops dish soap (brand doesn't matter)

Directions

Pour vinegar in a small bowl.
Place the dish soap in the vinegar and stir gently a few times to combine.
Set bowl in location where you are having issues with fruit flies.

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