Consumption of fruits has always been encouraged as a part of a healthy diet. Be it as a nutritional accompaniment for a toddler who has just taken to solid food or that of an octogenarian who is no longer allowed to enjoy the pleasures of fried foods, fruits are meant to be enjoyed by everyone. Considering the health benefits of fruits, it is obvious that you must be buying them on a daily basis and at bay given point of time your home is well stocked with fruits.
• Unfiltered apple cider vinegar
Take a small quantity of unfiltered apple cider vinegar into a glass. Cover the top of the glass with a plastic wrap and secure the same with a rubber band or with the help of cello tapes. Poke a hole in any part of the plastic wrap (make sure that this is a small hole). Your fruit fly trap is ready. This trap relies on the idea that fruit flies are immensely attracted to the smell of vinegar.
• Paper cone method
For this all you will need are a sheet of paper, a small amount of vinegar and a small chunk of fruit. Make sure that the fruit that you are using is very ripe in nature (after all this is going to be your bait to the flies). Take a small jar and transfer the vinegar to it. A couple of tablespoons of the same should suffice. Then place the fruit piece. Roll a piece of paper in the shape of a cone and stick it out of the cone. Make sure that the narrow opening is placed down.
• Milk, sugar and pepper
Well no, we are not planning to make a yummy dessert out of this. All we are trying to do here is to trap the fruit flies so that they do not bother us by eating their way to our delicious fruits. Here all that you have to do is to take a pint of milk and to that add 4 ounces of sugar. Make sure that you use raw sugar that is granular in nature and not just any other sugar substitute (like sugar free, sugar cubes, sugar powder or anything else of the likes). Transfer the contents to a saucepan and then heat the same. When you see the first bubbles appearing, add a couple of ground pepper and slimmer for the next 8 to 10 minutes till a thick spoon dropping consistency are achieved.
• Vinegar and dish soap
This is yet another trick with the magical ingredient in question - vinegar. Here you need t take about 3 to 4 tablespoons of vinegar to a clean bowl and add three drops of dish soaps to it. Do not try to substitute the same with soap particles ass that is not going to mix properly and as a result, it will not work.
This method is advisable if the fruit flies that are bothering you are mainly outdoors. Here all that you need to do is get the area cleared of garbage. If the place in question is an open drain, you can pour some water over it before you proceed. Once that is done you can go ahead and pour the bleach solution all around. The gnats and fruit flies will rapidly fly in and very soon there will be not too many of them left in your kitchen garden. As a special tip, make sure that you do not go for this particular trick in the rainy season as that may not produce the desired results.