Fruit Flies! What They Are and How To Get Rid of Them

Fruit Flies! What They Are and How To Get Rid of Them

As we make our way through all of the tomatoes and peaches in our kitchen, we're noticing fruit flies hovering around the garbage can full of pits and skins. The bad news: These suckers can create hundreds of offspring within a week or two. The good news: AT: Re-Nest posted an incredibly simple way to get rid of them. See a close-up picture of a fruit fly and get the instructions for its demise, below...

Those red eyes are a trademark of the fruit fly -- yuck.

Fruit flies can come into your house already on the fruit or fly in through windows and doors. 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 see them most often near our garbage, and we have one friend who composts and freezes her scraps before adding them to the bin, in order to kill any fruit fly eggs.

Re-Nest posted a genius solution for trapping and killing fruit flies, which involves a cone of paper over a shallow glass of vinegar. There's even a pdf template for the cone!

Click here: Fruit Fly Death Trap from AT: Re-Nest

Related: How To Use Up Overripe Fruit

(Image: Flickr members shioshvili and Max xx, licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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