One of the greatest times of the year is the summertime season. It can be filled with fun and frolic for people of all ages and they usually take place outside of the family home. Unfortunately, those great events can be brought to a halt when unwelcome guests, like fruit flies, come into play.
Here a few ideas on how to wrangle the hassle:
1. A Glass of Wine
Try pouring a glass of dry white wine, like a chardonnay, into a disposable cup. Set it out in plain sight, such as in a window seal. The fruit flies will not be able to stay away from the sugary sweetness and when they enter the cup they will inevitably drown inside. After a period of time, the cup should be thrown away and replaced with a new one for optimal use.
2. Whole Vinegar
In truth, fruit flies are attracted to strong smells like apple cider vinegar. You can try placing a small bottle of apple cider vinegar on the table. Leave the lid off of it and place some plastic wrap over the top. Wrap the plastic wrap around itself, so that it will stick to itself. Then use a toothpick to poke a decent sized hole for the fruit flies to enter the inside. Once they are inside to take a drink, they will not be able to find their way back out.
3. Fruit in a Jar
An age old tradition is having fruit and vegetable snacks, especially for children. But keeping the fruit flies off of them can be very difficult to achieve. Place a peeled apple inside of a mason jar and use a piece of paper just slightly larger than the size of the applicable lid. Tape it down around the top and poke a hole in the center for them to enter. Once they get inside, it is highly unlikely that they can find their ways back out.
4. Chemical Products
There are also various products that can be purchased at the local grocery market that will work very well. They usually won’t break the budget and will last for a reasonable period of time. Take care to follow the manufacturer’s instructions that are labeled on the back side of the container in order to achieve the best results.
5. Sweet Cereal and Milk
It shouldn’t be hard to realize that flies are highly attracted to the foods that humans tend to enjoy as well. You can set out any bowl of milk with any extremely sugary cereal inside of it. The fruit flies will be attracted to the sugar content and stop in for a sweet treat. The water content will help to trap them and if plastic wrap is used to cover the bowl loosely they will get trapped inside.
Fruit flies can be a big nuisance, especially when there is food involved. They can be hard to get rid of sometimes, but these tips should help fight the good fight. Try a few and see if they will work for your needs.