2. Simplest trap first
* After cleaning and removing ALL other attractants as above, put about 1″ of apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar in the bottom of a glass. (Note: plain white vinegar will NOT work )
* Add a couple of drops of liquid dish detergent or automatic DW rinse agent and swirl to dissolve.
* Place glass in infested area overnight.
* You will find many dead fruit flies in the morning.
* They will land during the day but for some reason the darkness or cool temperatures at night seem to attract many that won’t land during the day.
The flies are attracted by the vinegar as it smells like rotting fruit to them. They try to land to feed from the surface. Surface tension normally allows them to feed from the surface of a liquid. However, the detergent/rinse agent breaks the surface tension so the flies drown.
1. Make a bowl trap:
* Put a piece of old skinless fruit and some wine, or some balsamic in a bowl (think like the flies: what do you want for dinner?).
* Cover the bowl tightly (no wrinkles) with plastic wrap.
* Poke many small holes in the plastic with a fork. The fruit flies go in and can’t get out (if the holes are too big they will fly back out).
2. Make a plastic zip lock bag trap:
* Place a few slices of an apple inside a zip lock bag
* Leave an inch open to allow pests to enter. The little pests will soon be on and surrounding the apple.
* Zip the bag closed and crush each one with your fingertips.
First make sure there’s nothing out there that’s ATTRACTING them.
Try putting fresh potted basil plants on your balcony, or hanging bunches of fresh basil.
You can try putting rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and misting the little buggers. It may not kill them, but it will knock them down and you can sweep them into a pail of soapy water.
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