Mark and I were having fruit fly issues and I needed and wanted to get rid of them. However I didn’t want sticky tape hanging from anything and I’m not big on putting things around my house that says do not ingest. After some research I came upon something I was willing to try and had things I already had on hand or were inexpensive.
Things you will need:
*container (I use glass, but plastic is probably OK)
*about a tablespoonish of honey
Pour about a 1/8 cup of vinegar in your container (you can eye it, it’s not exact science), then add warm water (warm water helps the honey to dissolve) to the container. Pour your honey in the container, and stir. Set on counter or windowsill and allow the concoction to lure in those pest flies! While I have noticed it draws mostly fruit fly, it will occasionally draw in the bigger flies.
UPDATE: I was recently out of honey and I didn’t want to rush out to buy any. I had heard vinegar and dish soap also did the trick. It was time to put these ingredients to the test. First, I filled a mason jar with warm water, then I added vinegar and dish soap, then set it by my fruit stand. It worked! From now on, I am going to skip the honey, because I would rather have honey on my pancakes or my biscuits than waste it on some ole fruit fly.
I usually refresh the fruit fly trap once a week. I find any longer than that and it starts to get scummy, gross and unpleasant to look at it.
I have always loved using as natural of products as possible and this recipe definitely helps me to accomplish one of our goals.
What is your go-to natural recipe?