It's been a wonderful year for fresh produce around here and I have not seen the bottom of my fruit bowl in months. I made a successful fruit fly trap early in the summer and haven't had to deal with the pesky little things until recently. I had dumped the trap thinking that fruit fly season was over only to have them return in full force. I'm about to go and make another batch, but thought I'd share my recipe here first.
Fruit Fly Trap
one small mouthed jar or bottle
Fill a portion of the jar or bottle with the vinegar and add a few drops of the dish soap. I'm not sure if it matters, but my sister-in-law swears by Dawn, so borrowed some from my mom and used it last time. This time I'm using my biodegradable, all natural stuff and will let you know if it makes a difference. Don't mix the soap in or anything, just let it drop. Place the jar near your fruit source and watch the little buggers collect at the bottom.
Apparently the vinegar draws the flies in and the soap creates a change in the surface tension of the liquid, causing the flies to fall in and drown. I have heard that this will also work in a bowl if you cover it with plastic wrap with small holes poked in the top.
Have you ever tried this before? Do you have any other tips to share?