Once fruit flies have descended upon your space, they can be extremely difficult to get rid of. Follow these tips to keep the pesky bugs out of your kitchen for good.
- Start by putting all ripened fruit or vegetables like onions, tomatoes, and potatoes in the refrigerator and cleaning recycling bins that hold empty bottles and cans to eliminate the sources of attraction and breeding.
- Set fruit fly traps by forming a cone-shaped funnel with an 8-by-10-inch piece of paper, sealing it with tape, and placing it in a clean jar or wine bottle. Place a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or a slice of ripe banana in the jar to attract flies. The bugs will be able to fly in, but won’t be able to fly out. After you trap all visible flies, kill them with spray or release them outside. Rebait and replace traps, if necessary.
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