Early Fall is prime fruit fly season, and chances are you have some now or have had them as unwanted house guests in the past. They seem to come from nowhere! All it takes is a piece of fruit, some dishes in the sink, or even a smudge of toothpaste in the sink to attract them. They multiply very quickly and feel impossible to get rid of! Despite their will to procreate and survive, you can win the fight, mama! Here are the top 3 tried and true methods to get rid of these little pests:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Fill a small bowl half way with apple cider vinegar and add a few drops of dish soap. Stir it up to make it sudsy and leave it on the kitchen counter. It will attract the flies, and drown them as they land in the bowl.
2. Fruit Trap
Mash up some banana, or cut up any kind of fruit (apples, lemon and melon work great) and put them in a jar. Cover the top tightly with plastic wrap and a rubber band. Poke 5-6 holes in the plastic wrap with a toothpick that are large enough for the flies to climb through. This will attract the flies into the jar but make it very hard for them to escape.
Fruit flies love drains and love to multiply in them, so be sure to pour bleach down all the sinks of your home to make sure you’ve zapped any unseen colonies.
The great news is, fruit flies are very sensitive to temperature so as soon as the weather turns cooler they’ll be gone. (Maybe early snow isn’t such a bad thing?!)