This $6 Amazon Find Helped Me Beat My Fruit Fly Battle — and It’s Just So Darned Cute!
There are some things I take pleasure in knowing a lot about — Travel! Crossword puzzles! French fries! — and others where I’m a reluctant expert. Insect control, though undoubtedly important, falls into the latter category. After years of combatting everything from mosquitos to moths with lots of so-called “solutions,” only a handful have actually worked. So, when I recently found myself fighting a fruit fly issue, I set out on the hunt for a simple, effective answer.
Terro is one of our absolute favorite brands for fighting off unwanted creepy crawlies, so I was thrilled to see that they make a trap specifically for fruit flies. Then, I noticed that it had more than 30,000 (!!) five-star reviews, and I added it to my cart right away. The result? Not only are fruit flies no match for this Terro trap, but it also has tons of additional features that I absolutely adore.
The first thing you’ll notice when you look at these traps is how darned cute they are — so much so that I don’t even feel embarrassed keeping them out in full view when I have guests over. They’re shaped like little red apples and definitely do not scream “I have bugs!” The traps are super easy to put together, too: Just empty the included fly-luring liquid into the apple and set it down (yup, that’s all). The substance inside is non-toxic to humans, yet both irresistible and deadly to fruit flies. These pesky bugs make their way into the top of the trap … and never get out. In a matter of days, I not only noticed a severe drop-off in fruit flies flitting around my space, but via a window built into the side of the apple, I could actually see dozens of little dead flies floating around (gross, I know, but oh-so-satisfying).
Each trap lasts for 45 days, at which point you just throw it away. That’s right — there’s no chance that you’ll ever touch the dead bugs (ew!) or spill the liquid. In that way, these traps feel much more sanitary than others I’ve tried. They also don’t plug into the wall and add to my power bill, a growing concern these days. In fact, two-packs are on sale on Amazon for just $6. Personally, I’m stocking up so that I have new ones ready to go when my current ones hit their expiration date. If you’re battling fruit flies like I was, I can’t recommend these easy-peasy traps highly enough. With a 90-days supply of fruit-fly-fighting power per two-pack, it’ll be the best six bucks you’ve ever spent.
Buy: Terro Fruit Fly Trap, 2-pack, $5.89 (normally $8.49)