Fruit flies are probably among the most annoying insects of all time! They prowl around fruits or ripe vegetables, drains, rubbish, empty bottles ... just about every fermentation area, in short!
If you have a fruit bowl with ripe bananas, or your trash can contains the leftovers of yesterday's dinner, you will probably see some of these bugs invading the premises ...
Did you know that this type of fly lays 500 eggs at a time ?! This will very quickly create an overpopulation in your kitchen!
These flies are really small, so they can seep into your home through every nook and cranny. But there are ways to keep them out and ways to get rid of them.
Here are some tricks!
1. Beer and banana
Fruit flies like alcohol. Place a piece of rotted banana in a pot and pour beer over it. Attach a plastic wrap to the opening of the pot and poke a few holes in the film.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Unfiltered apple cider vinegar works well in fruit fly hunting. Just pour some of this briny liquid into a glass and cover the top with plastic wrap and elastic. Then poke a few small holes in the plastic wrap with a pencil. Small flies love the smell of vinegar. In fact, they are sometimes called "vinegar flies". They will be attracted to your trap and dive directly into it. Add a little dish soap to this preparation, which will make the surface sticky so that the tiny flies get trapped.
3. Sugar, spices and milk
Here you will need 4 ounces (113 g) of raw sugar, about 2 ounces (57 g) of black pepper and a pint (500 ml) of milk. Mix all of this in a saucepan and heat on the stove. Pour the mixture into a cup or dish and leave on the counter. The mixture mimics the aroma and sweetness of ripe fruits and the flies will drown in it.
Cut a lemon so that it is flat on top and on the bottom. Squeeze a little juice into a plastic container (with a plastic lid (like the Ziploc brand, for example), then put the lemon slice in. Drill a hole in the plastic lid of the container and watch the fruit flies fight to try to get inside, without then being able to escape. Again, they really like acidity, see how to do this in the following video::
5. Fruit and paper
Fruit flies like ripe fruit, it's known. So take a piece of ripe fruit and place it at the bottom of a cup or jar with a little vinegar. Then take a printer sheet of paper or a sheet of notebook paper and roll it into a cone shape. Glue the smallest part into the pot, the wide part being open. Flies will enter the cone, but will not be able to exit.
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6. Red wine
After a good meal with wine, leave the bottle open with the remaining wine. This other acidic drink attracts flies and the lean neck of the bottle is a great way to trap them.