Summer is a delicious season. With melons, berries, and fruits dripping with juicy goodness, it’s easy to have sweets – natural sweets – on the counter. Alas! Those yummy fruits also beckon the little buggers known as fruit flies. If you would like to banish fruit flies – in any season – but do not want to hassle with plastic wrap, pin pricks, or creating other traps, try this trick.
How can I get rid of fruit flies simply and naturally?
- Put some apple cider vinegar into a dish. (Any kind of cider will do, you only need a little layer – like a 1/2 cup in a bowl or cup.)
- Add a few drops of dishwashing soap. (Any kind. Swish it around.)
How does an apple-cider-vinegar-and-soap trap for fruit flies work?
The vinegar attracts the fruit flies. The soap break the surface tension of the liquid.
Check out the sequence below: A few drops of dishwashing soap is added to some apple cider vinegar in a dish. An hour later, the ruit flies have landed around the rim of the bowl. Then, another hour later, the fruit flies have met their demise (not pictured).
What do I do after the fruit flies have drowned?
Simply toss the liquid (and dead fruit flies) down the drain and move on to enjoy your fruity treat.