This week my sister was visiting from Denver. Besides apologizing for the heat and humidity of our Gulf Coast summer, I found myself begging forgiveness for a hazy cloud in my kitchen.
Has anyone else noticed the fruitfulness of fruit flies this year?*
They’re awful! I realize it could be worse — it could be RAINING — but I’m fed up with the little boogers. They’ve even moved into my bathroom, and I promise there is NO fruit for them there. I’ve tried sticky traps, putting my compost jar in the fridge, and everything else I could think of to rid my kitchen of the fruit flies. (I don’t do chemicals, and diatomaceous earth doesn’t help with flying insects.)
My nephew and his wife came over for dinner and the brilliant girl had the perfect fruit fly RX: an easy homemade trap. She doesn’t remember how she 1st heard about it, and honestly, who cares as long as it works. And IT DOES! In 2 days the cloud parted and I haven’t seen a fruit fly since.
- a glass or jar
- apple cider vinegar
- rotting fruit
- funnel that fits snuggly into glass/jar
- Put the rotting fruit into the bottom of the glass/jar.
- Add a tablespoon or so of vinegar.
- Top with the funnel.
- Periodically take it outside to free your captives.
*NOTE: Fruit flies can also be an issue on indoor container plants.