Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me! {How To Deal With Fruit Flies}

I'm so excited to introduce a guest post from Kristina Greene of The Greening Of Westford about How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies!

Summer to me means summer fruits – peaches, nectarines, strawberries, plums! Yumm…

What is also means…. fruit flies! Now, I could put the fruit in the fridge, but then they don’t taste as good and I won’t eat as much. Neither will my kids.

Fruit flies are pretty easy to deal with without using any sort of pesticides. All you need – a small glass, apple cider vinegar (ACV) and some plastic wrap.

Each summer I buy a bottle of the least expensive store brand ACV I can find for my fruit fly trap. You don’t need the expensive stuff.

1. Fill the glass with about an inch or so of ACV.

2. Place some plastic wrap over the top and poke some holes.

3. Set it by your fruit bowl.

4. The fruit flies are attracted to the ACV, crawl in through the holes then can’t get out.

5. Change the ACV every few days since it loses its effectiveness.

Note: To help keep the fruit flies under control, remove any rotting or over-ripe fruit and set up the trap at the first sight of fruit flies.

I find this method much easier than other methods that use a paper cone. If you have given up plastic wrap in your home (I did), save some. For some reason, mushrooms and other veggies often come wrapped in plastic. One piece should last the fruit fly season.

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Kristina Greene is the founder and editor of The Greening Of Westford. She focuses on practical eco-friendly actions anyone can do to save time, money, aggravation, oh, and the planet! Connect with her through her blog, facebook and twitter.
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