Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fruit Fly Season - The Perfect Trap

As the fruit fly season gets underway, many people will start to see an influx in these pesky gnats.

The best treatment is prevention. They are attracted to any sort of rotting fruit or garbage as a place to lay their eggs. These eggs take only a day or two to hatch, so you can see how quickly a few flies turn into an infestation. When prevention (aka cleanliness) has been put by the wayside, this simple "fly trap" will do wonders.

Grab a Tupperware container. Place one tiny drop of soap on the bottom and then pour enough vinegar into the container to cover the bottom with about 1/8 of an inch of vinegar. Stir the soap into the vinegar. The vinegar attracts the flies while the soap traps them onto the surface of the liquid. Once you've created this solution, place seran wrap over the top and secure it with a rubberband. Poke a few tiny holes in the seran wrap. This will allow the flies to enter, but will make it difficult for any of the fruit flies that don't stick to the liquid to get out.

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