How to get rid of fruit flies?

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally

Its summertime. That lovely time of year when fruit is abundant and temperatures are warm. The perfect environment for fruit flies to thrive. Pesky little critters they are. You never know how many you have until you pick up those nice, ripe, brown bananas to bake bread with and they all come flying up in your face, bothered that you have disturbed their feast. Yuk! In the midst of this fruit fly invasion you ask yourself and Google, “how do I get rid of these fruit flies?” Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you’re looking for a more natural solution than spraying your kitchen down with fruit fly Raid. Well, you know you’ve come to the right place.
1. Fill a small container up halfway with apple cider vinegar (ACV). One of those half pint water bottles works well here.  I re-purposed an old glass spice jar.
2. Add a drop of dish soap…just one drop now. Anymore and the flies won’t fall for trap.
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ACV with a drop of dishsoap

3. Optionally, you can add an apple core or banana peels to the ACV make the trap more inviting to fruit flies.
4. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the bottle/jar of ACV and secure with a rubber band. Then poke a tiny pin hole right through the center.  I used a protractor because I couldn’t find my pin cushion.
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Poke a whole in the center

5. Get rid of all other fruit in your house. Either eat it or hide it away in the fridge.
The fruit flies will smell the ACV and flock to the trap crawling into the little pinhole to feed off of sweet fruit but they will not be able to find their way out.  The dish soap will pull them into the ACV, coating their bodies and they will all eventually die. In a few days, the bottom of that bottle will be filled with dead fruit flies and it will look totally disgusting, but you won’t have that fruit fly problem any more.
I know.  I know.  Go ahead and thank me later. =)
Any ideas for a man-made mosquito trap?  Anyone?  Google?
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