Wow. Nothing says Happy Easter like the hatching of a few hundred million fruit flies. I kid you not – Saturday, there were none. By Sunday morning, they were everywhere.
Fortunately, this is ain’t my first rodeo. Given that we are devoted composters (I have a hard time throwing organic matter in the trash even when composting isn’t an option), and that we don’t refrigerate most of our produce, fruit flies are a springtime norm at our house (no matter where we happen to be living). Luckily, the brain size of fruit flies makes for an easy solution. These simple DIY traps work great and cost you next to nothing.
A jar from the recycling bin (mayo, jelly, whatever)
Tape (masking or duct work best)
A sheet of paper
A bit of rotting fruit and/or a few tablespoons of sweet fermented liquid (wine, beer and balsamic vinegar work great)
Word to the wise: Unattended fruit fly traps become maggot breading grounds in only a few days. Unless you are looking for an interesting science experiment, be sure and release the captives every day or two.
Sister! I made your fruit fly trap, and it WORKED. Those little boogers are the BANE of my kitchen–I ferment things on the counter tops and always have projects going on… it can be rather embarrassing! I never did feel right about sticky-tape type traps…this method is tops.
Lara Polangco Potter