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:
- 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, and a bowl or cup works. Make it easy on yourself.)
- Add a few drops of dishwashing soap. (Any kind.) The soap will break the surface tension of the liquid.
Check out the simple fruit fly trap in action:
A few drops of dishwashing soap is added to some apple cider vinegar in a dish. An hour later, the fruit flies have landed around the rim of the bowl. Then, another hour later, the fruit flies have met their demise (not pictured). Simply toss the liquid (and dead fruit flies) down the drain and move on to enjoy your fruity treat.