Monday, June 6, 2011

How to get rid of fruit flies

A fruit fly trap

With the spring and summer season comes fresh fruits and veggies I am always excited about.
However, I always seem to get fruit flies so I make a fruit fly trap.
It is not pretty by any means but it sure does the trick and gets rid of them.

You will need:

A quart canning jar with up to 1 inch of Apple Cider Vinegar

Several slices of bananas dropped into vinegar.

A funnel made out of a piece of paper I use printer paper because I want it to be stiff.

Put the funnel into the jar about an inch about the liquid in the bottom.
You don't want it to touch or get wet.
Let the paper funnel unroll a little to fit to the jar top. 
Tape the funnel to the jar and there you have it.
I like to use packaging tape for a secure fit.

This is what I had in just a short time maybe line an hour later.
The fruit flies craw down the funnel but they cant find the opening to get back up. 
I did not take a picture but by morning it was a lot fuller.

When you feel like the fruit flies are under control put the jar in the freezer to take care of the fruit flies and then you can use it all over again.
If you try this come back and tell me how it worked for you.


Emily Fay said...

Oh I am going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

GuitarTrump said...

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Betty @ Little Farm in the Big City said...

We have a problem with fruit flies from time to time, also. This is a great idea. I've also had good luck with putting about an inch of water in a small white bowl along with a couple of drops of dish soap. The flies love white and die in the soapy water.

Jenny said...

I have never seen this. I can't wait to try it out, how simple! I'm visiting from the Top 25 Faith Blogs Voting. {I'm also a new follower, please stop by and return the favor.}

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joyfilled said...

This is how we get rid of fruit flies, too! It has always worked like a charm, and very quickly!

However I am having a heck of a time getting rid of them now. I don't know if it's our unusual wet weather or what, but I've been trying to rid my house of them for a couple months now! I have been limiting my fruit purchases and have kept it all in the fridge, and careful about what gets left out, am staying on top of the trash and keeping the drains clean, making sure they're not in the houseplants, etc. I am SO stumped as to where they are coming from But I have like ten jars set up around my house and they fill up regularly!!

Cassie said...

Good idea! We have tried using a jar lid covered with Saran wrap, but I like this approach better!

Faye Henry said...

Thank you so much for this idea... I do a lot of canning and always have fruit flies..
I will surely give this a try...

Crystal said...

Great ideas! I'm going to do this tomorrow! I was just noticing tonight those pesky flies flying around our bananas!

Linda Stubbs said...

Thank you for this clever idea. What a help this will be this fall when I put up peaches.

Enjoyed your blog, have a blessed day and weekend.

Blessings, Linda

shopannies said...

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Things Sent My Way said...

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The Dickinsons said...

This is a neat idea. We are missionaries in Colombia, South America and they have a lot of yummy fruit here but with it we get a lot of fruit flies too when we have fruit in the house. We'll have to try this.
Phillip & Heather & family

The Atypical Housewife said...

I actually found out how to do this last year! It's such a GREAT way to get fruit flies!! So far this year we haven't had any, but I'm expecting them! Thanks for this post!! I'm stopping by from Our Simple Country Life

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leah said...

Is there something you could use instead of apple cider vinager?

Sarah beth said...

Love the idea! thank you for sharing =}

Sarah beth

Prairiemaid said...

Wow, do I need this! Thank if you could just help me get rid of some of these other pests.

I am now following.


Refracted Lite said...

What a great idea!

Refracted Lite said...

What a great idea!

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