A Fruit Fly Solution
It’s June here in Virginia, and the fruit flies have descended!
The little freaks seem to appear out of nowhere, and multiply in the blink of an eye. They love damp dark areas to lay their eggs, and of course, they attack all your yummy fruit. They annoy me to no end, so I have done lots of experimenting over the years to find a way to exterminate them without the use of chemicals. Here are the solutions I have found to be most effective!
Put all your fruit in the refrigerator. But in this house, refrigerating lovely fruit and making it taste bland is not something we like to do. So, scratch solution #1.
Make a quick and easy fruit fly trap. All you need is:
- An old jar
- A piece of paper
- 1/3 c. Apple cider vinegar
1. Fold the paper into a cone shape, leaving a small hole at the end of the cone. Put one piece of tape on the seam to hold it together.
2.Peel the banana, cut it in half, and place one half in the bottom of the jar. Pour the vinegar over the banana. (Definitely chow the leftover banana half before it attracts even more fruit flies, or, you can use it to make a second trap.)
3.Place the cone in the jar, making sure it doesn’t actually touch the vinegar or banana in the bottom. Then sit back and watch the fruit flies collect.
Once it has collected a lot of flies, stick it in the freezer for 15 minutes to kill them, then just set out again, and keep trapping.
They are probably breeding in the drain of your kitchen sink, so pour 2-3 cups of boiling water down each drain to kill any eggs down there.
*According to my husband, who worked at a pest control company years ago, bleach does not kill the eggs. Boiling water is the only thing that actually exterminates them.
After you take these simple steps, your kitchen should be free of the nasty little things!