Nobody likes unwanted guests. Especially ones that seem to appear out of nowhere; sometimes in the middle of the night. You wake up in the morning, make your morning coffee and, BAM!, there they are. And, the worst part? There’s usually more than one. You know what I’m talking about, right? Pesky fruit flies, of course! It seems that as summer is coming to an end, more and more are finding their way in, and annoying us.

Fruit flies typically show up in large numbers during this time of year (and during early fall) because it is harvest season. While they do serve an important purpose of feeding on decomposing fruit, we can all agree that we don’t want them swarming around our kitchen, or making a home on our wine glass. Fruit flies can smell the sweet scent of fruit from miles away. Once they locate the smell, they are determined. And, because they are so tiny, they can easily find their way into your home.

The simplest solution is to ensure you get rid of overripe fruit. Another tip is not keeping fruit, like bananas which are a common culprit, on your counters. However, we all know that isn’t always feasible. But, what happens when we don’t eat our fruit quickly enough? Fruit flies will eat the ripe fruit, and then lay eggs. These eggs hatch fast; leaving you with a family of fruit flies.

So, what do you do if you find yourself batting away fruit flies while preparing dinner? The good news is that there is a quick, effective, and few ingredient solution to get rid of your new “friends.”

WHAT YOU NEED

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 drops of dish soap
1 cup water

WHAT TO DO

  1. Pour water into a shallow bowl and add apple cider vinegar.
  2. Add 2 drops of dish soap to the mixture.
  3. Stir until the soap is distributed.
  4. Place bowl in the area where there are the most fruit flies. If there is more than one spot, you can use several bowls of solution.
  5. Every few days, empty the bowl and make a new solution.

This solution is effective because the fruit flies are attracted to the smell of the apple cider vinegar. The soap weighs the fruit flies down, so that they don’t just sit on the surface and drink the vinegar. Adding a tight cover of plastic wrap, with a few small holes, will help further ensure that they don’t escape.

This simple solution will help your home stay safe unwelcome visitors. Well, at least of the fruit fly variety!

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