How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
So you are wondering how to get rid of fruit flies? About a month ago I was stupid. I left fresh melon in the sink underneath some plates. I kept on postponing dishes, because I HATE DOING DISHES (literally the most annoying chore). Anyways, so I let it be. We were kind of busy for the entire weekend so we were eating out a lot anyways so I thought that the dishes could wait. Finally, when I went to go do the dishes a huge SWARM of fruit flies flew up in the air. I looked at mangled cantaloupe at the bottom of the sink. Oh crap! So I cleaned the dishes, cleaned the sink and scrubbed the counters. I went around the house and cleaned up everything that the fruit flies could get attracted to next. Because once fruit flies are in your home they will just find another place to hang out. We didn’t see the fruit flies for awhile so I was thinking I was doing a great job. But then I went to go put my one year old in his high chair and 10,000 fruit flies (yes 10,000) flew into the air when I knocked his seat. I looked at the seat and it didn’t look like there was any food (which is actually uncommon hehe). But there…right there….a stupid grape had fallen into one of the seat belt holes. Grrr….. So I cleaned up the entire high chair, fed my son and then gave him a bath. The next day I went to go start a load of laundry and I picked up my son’s outfit he had worn the day before and a billion flies (yes a billion) flew around! This is ridiculous! I spent the next three weeks trying to get rid of fruit flies! And I guess I didn’t know how to get rid of fruit flies.
Well then I decided that enough was enough. Fruit flies were going to be the death of me. I can’t remember the last time we have had a fruit fly problem, but once you get them they are NEVER leaving!
So I decided to take action. Obviously keeping the house spotless with NOTHING for the bugs to eat is impossible with two toddlers.
So I grabbed an old pickle jar. It’s funny. When I emptied the pickles from it I couldn’t get rid of it and I am SO glad that I didn’t.
I drilled holes into the top. Now, if I would have thought this one through I would have figured out another way to put holes in it OR I would have poked holes in tin foil and then used tin foil as the lid. Because my really nice drill bit broke trying to poke tiny holes in the lid. You want to drill the holes big enough that the little flies can get in but not big enough that the flies can figure out how to get out.
So then I decided to create my own little concoction to attract the flies! I first put a spoonful of sugar (did anybody else start singing Mary Poppins?) into the jar.
I then put a half cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup Syrup into the jar with the sugar.
And then I put the lid back on….and now we wait….
I kept the jar on the table for half of the week and then we moved it to the sink, because we were noticing flies over there….
I would say that this was a complete success. There are over 100 little bugs in there. Our fruit fly problem is completely gone!
I hope that I have helped you with your fruit fly problem! 🙂
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