What's the best way of getting rid of fruit flies? We use those sticky strips and we make sure to rinse out bottles and dishes containing sweets. Any suggestions?
By George F.
Put your vinegar/soap solution in a narrow mouth bottle, like a soda bottle. You might want to drop an apple core or some banana peel in there, too. Then place a funnel in the top of the jar. The flies will enter through the funnel and eventually drown in the solution. Until they do, they will be trapped in the jar because they can't figure out how to get out the spout of the funnel since it isn't the highest point.
Once you feel you have eliminated thhe source, set out small dishes with cider vinegar/water (about equal parts) with a tiny drop of dish liquid. The soap breaks the surface tension of the water, so that when the fruit flies land, they sink and drown. You may need to keep them out for a few days, but it should take care of the problem without chemicals.
I was going to give you the same answer as Jilson. Cidar vinager does work!
Fruit flys are drawn by gasses given off by ripening fruit. Try keeping your fruit in the fridge. The bananas will turn black, but last much longer and taste the same. I have tried the vinegar which did get some of the flies, but not all of them.
I just saw on The DRS. TV show that a dab of vanilla on your neck makes them leave you alone. Might try putting some on a few cotton balls and place around where they are the most bothersome to see if that helps.
Let us know if that works too. Good luck.
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