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I came up with this inexpensive recipe after several attempts to get rid of these pesky critters. They breed very quickly and it's best to get a handle on them ASAP. This recipe is a combination of several recipes and I have found this to be the best! Let me know what you think. We had a bucket of Margarita Mix that unleashed quite a few of these in our house when we opened it.
- Boil water in the microwave and add sugar. Stir until dissolved. Add vinegar and dishwashing liquid. Stir gently.
- Whenever we bring home fruit or fresh produce, I make a trap and place it right next to it.
- As they start to evaporate, I add a bit of water and a drop of dishwashing liquid to each trap once a week or so. I replace each trap every two weeks with a fresh one during peak fruit season.
- I have found placing this solution in a see through bright colored bowl (such as the disposable children's travel bowls) works best. I also place it on a small plate to catch any spills, as this gets sticky. Fruit flies are also attracted to light -- so placing in your window sill is a good choice. In addition to the obvious fruit they are also attracted to trash, dirty dishes, and diapers.
Best recipe for this we've tried. Takes about half a day for them to start hitting it, but once they do it happens in droves. We put it near the bananas on the counter & within about 2 days there were no more than 1 or 2 buzzing around. Thanks for sharing!
This was fine, however, I feel the funnel-type trap would be better for killing more fruit flies. Apple cider vinegar attracted the flies more then white vinegar.