I love seeing my kitchen so full of fresh fruit and vegetables when I get back from shopping. Today my counter is a beautiful rainbow of peaches, mangos, avocado, pineapple, tomatoes, kiwi and bananas. However what often comes with these delicious delicacies is fruit flies. In a matter of hours or a day or two my kitchen can be overrun with the pesky bugs.
What to do? I have found that a simple fruit fly trap helps to keep the bugs under control. Here is how to do it.
- Take one or two empty bottles and wash them out. Discard the lids. I prefer to use smallish bottle no more than six inches tall.
- I also remove the label so I can see what I catch!
- Pour 2-4 TBL of apple cider vinegar into the bottles.
- Add a squirt of liquid dish washing soap.
- Fill bottle 1/2 to 2/3 full of water.
- Put your hand over the bottle opening and shake it until there are bubbles up to the top.
- Set the bottle on your counter near where you see most of the fruit flies.
- Before too long you will see fruit flies stuck in the bubble. Or maybe they will be floating in the vinegar water. The vinegar attracts the fruit flies, and the bubbles trap them.
- Shake the bottle again from time to time to keep it full of bubbles.
- Empty and refill the bottle when the fruit flies stop being attracted to it.
That’s my trick. Do you have other ways of dealing with fruit flies in your kitchen? Share your methods in the comments.