Today I wanted to put together a post that everyone would find helpful. With the end of August the flies seem to be gaining strength again as summer produce fills kitchen counters, and we're seeing a lot of readers looking for fruit fly solutions in particular. To help out, I've pooled all of our collective knowledge right here in this one post. Let me know if it's helpful and add any other tips you have in the comments below.
"They feed and reproduce on soft, decaying fruit and vegetables, which is why you might also see them swarming around your fruit bowl once stuff starts to ripen."
"We recently noticed that our herb lady at the farmers' market has been selling rue. She told us that rue has traditionally been used in folk remedies, but that most people find it too bitter to eat. She also had another intriguing suggestion. Put it in the kitchen, she said. It will keep flies at bay!"
This is our basic step by step instruction from Emily Ho. "With just four simple items, you can make a non-toxic and highly effective fruit fly trap."
This is even simpler, requires less work and adds the novel touch of a dash of dishwashing soap to further trap the flies.
This is a fun upgrade on the standard trap with a downloadable PDF of a cone stencil with smart graphics on the top. Sure to be a conversation starter!
This Reader Intelligence Report outlines the five basic solutions and gathers 42 more comments from readers around the world to add to the crowd sourced solutionbase. Bananas as bait are a big mention.
AROUND THE WEB
This is a multiple list of tips from Wikihow.com that nicely outlines the category with pictures.
A nice in depth piece from Real Simple with a number of supporting links as well.
Easy walk through by fellow on YouTube. Nice to have him speak it all out for you.
Final helpful post on Instructables that has some new ideas, including the soap bubble trap.