Here’s a question from a reader:
We are annoyed by fruit flies. I have a few in every room. I have put out small dishes of apple cider vinegar, commercial “fruit fly trap,” sprayed the dirt in my plants with bug spray, no change. I have no fruit or food on counters. Actually, I think there are none in the kitchen, however, they are in the bathroom (no plants there). There is no one spot where they are more than others. Today I tried a bit of Dawn in the water when I watered my plants. Any suggestions?
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Thanks for any suggestions.
I have a great way to catch the fruit flies, but I don’t have any insights on where they may be coming from. Readers, can you help Ginger? Please leave a comment below.
The fruit fly trap is a great tip I got from David Clark, the horticulturist who teaches the series of horticulture classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.
To make a fruit fly trap, you need a glass and a sheet of paper. Roll the paper into a tight cone with a tiny hole at the bottom. Secure the cone with a piece of tape.
Throw a small chunk of fruit in the glass. A piece of banana peel works well, too. Set the cone in the glass. Make sure the cone fills the top of the glass.
Fruit flies will be attracted by the smell of the fruit, make their way down the paper funnel, through the hole and into the glass. Once they’re in the glass, they try to fly out through the top, but their path is blocked by the paper cone butting up against the rim of the glass. (If your cone doesn’t fit snugly, you can try sealing the rim and cone with tape.)
When you have caught fruit flies, take the glass outside and remove the cone. The fruit flies will take off.
This worked like a charm for me.
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