So I went on vacation for two weeks and left a few fruits out on the counter… big mistake! When I got back home, I had quite a few fruit flies. You would think that these buggers just spontaneously generated as I never noticed any type of flies prior, but no, apparently they don’t just come out of thin air. They’re built to find fermenting fruit which is exactly what the fruit on my counter was doing!!As soon as fruit flies move in, they simply do not need to go away and can leave eggs in and on top of whatever thing they’ll stumble on – fruits & veggies left on the table, sink drains, trash disposals, unfilled bottles & cans, trash bags, and even mops along with rags.
I came across a great blog post that discusses a perfect method for naturally capturing fruit flies with the use of a jar, plastic wrap and a bit of food. This is how it works:
- Use a jar that you no longer need ( like a baby food jar or one thing similar ) or a clear plastic container and clean it out properly. Guarantee it’s not a jar with a funky smell like an old pickle jar or something that used to have strong flavors. It’s important that you have a clean, fragrance-free container for this to work.
- Take a banana and place it into the container. This is the reason you need a clean, unscented jar – so that the banana smell won’t be overpowered by different, not-so-appealing smells. Banana seems to be the most efficient, however I’ve heard of people using apple cider, vinegar, wine or juice as well. I actually found that a banana with some juice worked the best for me.
- Fit a section of plastic wrap on top of the container, ensuring that the fit is firm and closed across the edgings. Afterwards take a toothpick and poke 4 to 5 holes in the plastic, just sufficient enough for a fruit fly to fit into. Once a fruit fly crawls in, it won’t get out any time soon. You’d think they might simply fly back out of the holes, nevertheless they won’t.
- Set the jar in a corner where you have seen the most fruit flies. Depending on the amount of fruit flies around your apartment, you probably can expect to begin seeing the jar fill up within merely a few hours. After 24 hours, you’ll learn simply how terrible your fruit fly crisis really was!
- You may want to do this for a few days straight to ensure that you’ve gotten rid of all fruit flies.
This straightforward, low-cost & harmless technique works well and after you catch the flies, you can always set them outside.
- Make Your Own Fruit Fly Trap (frugal.answers.com)
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- How to Fix a Garbage Disposal Before You Break It (apolloplumbingnews.wordpress.com)