One of the best things about summer? An abundance of fresh fruit and veggies. One of the worst? Fruit flies. With cantaloupes, tomatoes and the occasional overripe banana on the counter the tiny little pests inevitably come to inhabit my kitchen in summer. This year, I’m determined to get rid of the pesky creatures! And a simple apple cider vinegar trap totally does the trick.
Apple Cider Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap
What you need
- Container with a narrow opening. I use a bud vase. You could also use a wine bottle. Or just try using an open bowl.
- Apple cider vinegar
I’ve been filling my vase with roughly equal parts water and ACV. The first couple of times I added a spoonful of sugar to make it extra attractive, but the the water/ACV by itself seems to work better.
Set out your trap wherever the flies are the worst. For me, it’s right by the sink. They love to get in the faucet. Ew. Give the trap a couple of days to start working. I noticed that in the first 24-48 hours the flies were hanging out in the trap but not really ‘trapped.’ Yes, the flies can get out of the vase but they seem to love ACV. Maybe the overindulge or maybe it doesn’t agree with their system because soon you’ll have lots of dead flies in the water. And that’s really all that matters to me!
Change out the water/ACV mixture every week or as soon as it starts looking too gross.
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