How to get rid of fruit flies – 4 simple ways

It’s summertime so you probably have some delicious fruits in your kitchen like: Peaches, Strawberries, oranges, etc. But you know how it goes – you bought more bananas than you could eat up in time so it’s time to talk about how fruits fly in the summertime when you can get these little irritating home invaders that decide to help themselves.

So here are some tips on how you can keep them out of your sweet summer treats for good!

1. The Funnel Method

The funnel trick is a magic trap for fruit flies, and it’s a kind of DIY project.

All these tips are:

  • Start by graivng a tall vase or jar to use as your base as container.
  • Next, you’ll need to choose your fruit fly bait. Fruit flies go after anything sugary, so you have a lot of options here,
  • and most of them are probably lying ariund your kitchen right now. You can go with your over-ripe fruit: slice up some squishy peaches, blackend bananas.
  • Any super ripe or rotting fruit will work here. If you dont have any you also use honey, maple syrup, any fruit juice or surgary soda, or even apple cider vinegar.
  • Whatever bait you end up going with, put it in your base container. you don’t need a lot, just enough to cover the bottom. A layer that’s about 2 fingers wide will do.
  • Now, roll a piece of papaer to craete a fennel shape, and tape it so that it keeps its form.
  • Stick the narrow end through the top pf your base container so that the fennel is resting in the opening. Make sure the tip of the funnel isn’t touching your bait.
  • Finally, set your fruit fly trap near theinfested area – perhaps near your fruit bowl, garbage, or sink.

and The fruit flies in your house will be no more! This trap is so simple it works like a charm. The flies will fly down into the wide part of the funnel and follow the sweet scent of the bait inside. And flies can’t able to fly back out from the funnel.

Leave the trap out overnight, and by morning, you should have a whole family of fruit flies munching on the bait in your container. If you have persnickety fruit flies and you don’t see any in the container the next morning, Try a different bait.

2. The Bowl Tarp

This is a similar method to funnel trap but with little less crafting.

All you need do:

  • Put ripe or rotten fruit in the bottom pf a medium or large bowl. Throw in asweet liquid as well, maybe soda or syrup.
  • Again, you don’t need to fill it or anything – just a layer about 2-fingers-thick on the bottom.
  • Cover the bowl as tightly as possible with palstic or Saran warp.
  • Graba fork and poke holes around the top of the wrap.
  • Leave it out overnight, and you should see fruit files feeding on your bait in the morning.

This is the same idea as the funnel method we’re luring the fruit flies to a bait that they can get to while making it harder to escape. The flies will go into the holes you made with your fork, but they won’t be smart enough to get back out of the bowl through those same holes.

If you don’t see any flies in your trap in the morning, you might’ve made your holes too big. Remember, even full-grown fruit flies are less than half a centimeter long, so you really don’t need big gaping holes to trap them. Try again with smaller ones and see how it goes the next time around.

3. Freezer Swap

Here are the tips:

  • Take 2 medium-size jars fill them with fruit rinds and peels.
  • Cover the mouth og your jars with clear stretchy plastic wrap.
  • Press down in the middle of the plastic wrap with your finger to create a funnel shape down in side the jars.
  • Poke a small hole, perhaps with a toothpick, in the middle of the dents; this where the fruit flies will enter the trap. when you notice fruit flies in onr jar, put it in the freezer. This will freeze the flies and their eggs.
  • when you see flies in the other jar, swap it out for the one that’s been chillin with your frozen pizzas.
  • Rotate the jar for a while like this until you have a fly-free kitchen

4. Prevention

Well, what better way to get rid of fruit flies them away in the first place? At least you won’t have to feel guilty about, ya sending them to meet their maker. Anyway, the one sure-fire way to prevent fruit flies in the first place is to store your fruit properly. It’s tempting to just place your sweet produce in a fruit bowl on the kitchen counter. But once the fruit is ripe, it’ll last much longer when refrigerated.

You can refrigerate apples and bananas right away. This will slow down their ripening process. Even if your bananas are black on the outside, still try refrigerating them – this may save the tasty inside.

Fruits like mangoes, papayas, melons, peaches, and avocadoes( yes it’s a fruit) can be left out at room temperature to keep ripening. But once they’re fully ripped, they should go straight to the fridge so that they’ll stay good for a few more days.

Barries and grapes should be kept refrigerated and eaten the same day or not long after you bought them.

Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit stop ripening after they’re picked, so these can stay in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Knowing how to store your fruits make them last longer and keep your kitchen a No-Fly

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