Friday, August 27, 2010

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

With all the canning and fresh fruit fruit from summer, we have a few fruit flies that are hanging around and totally "bugging" me. Sorry, that was lame. But this trap is AWESOME for getting rid of those stupid little flies! Here is what you do:

Materials:

2 liter soda bottle or smaller plastic soda bottle (that's what I used)
red wine, apple cider or balsamic vinegar
banana peels, small pieces of fruit
tape


1. Get your bottle and take the cap off the top.


2. Put the bottle on it's side and cut the top 1/4 off the bottle.


3. Pour the vinegar into the bottom of the bottle.

4. Place fruit and peels into the bottle.

5. Turn neck of the bottle upside down and place inside bottle. It should fit snugly.

6. Secure with tape.

Just place one of these traps where you are having the fruit fly problem and soon they will all be inside the bottle, lured by the fermenting fruit, and won't be able to find their way out of the bottle.

Believe me! This works great.

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19 comments:

  1. Melody, I lived in Panama as a child, and we had these all over the house: http://www.ximenezfatiohouse.org/images/glossary_tour/flycatcher1.jpg

    (glass fly catchers) - yours is the same concept, but something I can make without having to go to the antique store!

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  2. I am going to my kitchen to try this right now! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to get rid of the little buggers!

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  3. That is a great idea! Hate those fruit flies!!!

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  4. Enjoyed your blog- my first visit. Also like tips like this one. Thanks!

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  5. Oh I just love that! What a great idea!

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  6. Oh dear, we have fruit flies all over the place. I love the art on your blog. And the blog in general!

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  7. I've seen this before and thought it was genius then, too! I really must make myself remember to make one at the right time...my memory is selective ;)

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  8. I needed this last week! I'll keep it in my file for next time. Thanks.

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  9. I'm laughing over here because my neighbor was just asking me if I knew how to get rid of them. I'll have to share your tip, very genius and I love the step by step photos.

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  10. How clever, you're a life saver!

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  11. What in ingeniously easy idea! I must keep this mind when those troublesome things attack next!! Thanks

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  12. This is brillianT! Ill be trying this.

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  13. Fruit flies and pantry moths are the bane of my existence. I'll have to give this contraption a try!

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  14. That is a great idea! Very creative!

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  15. That is brilliant! I've had this problem before but I've just put out a bowl of home-concocted solution. This bottle thing is a much better way to go. Thanks!

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  16. This is awesome!!! I always buy mine from our local hardware store. My husband swears we have to buy their special powder mix too but this is too cool. We have an apple tree in our back yard and it never fails we always get fruit flies for at least a week or two of the year. I can't wait to try this next year! :-)

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  17. Awesome! I do the same thing, but I just put vinegar in a jar, cover it with plastic wrap with a rubber band around it to hold it tight. Poke some holes in the top with a fork. The dumb little flies can go in (AND DO!), but they can't get out!

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