As seems to happen at the end of summer, I recently had a fruit fly infestation. I heard all sorts of advice about how to get rid of them, so I decided to do a little experiment. You will be glad to know that I’ve officially eradicated the little pests! Here’s what I did:
I decided to go for the funnel-in-a-jar technique. I wrapped pieces of scrap paper into funnels with tiny holes at the bottom and taped them onto jars. (You will note from the picture that this is probably not the most perfectly scientific experiment, as I had different sizes of jars, but oh well! Just go with it…).
Then I chose four common baits. Apple cider vinegar is by far the most commonly recommended. I also heard ripe banana and red wine, so gave those a go. Then, I happened to have some grapes, so thought I’d try those, too; it’s similar to wine, right?
I left them on the counter for a few days. At first it seemed like apple cider vinegar would be the winner; I immediately had a bunch of flies in that jar and only one or two in the others. Then, we went away for a weekend trip, and when I got home, I was so surprised to see that the jar with grapes was FILLED with flies. The others had some flies, too, but no where near as many as the grapes jar.
So there you have it. In my limited (un)scientific experiment, grapes were the clear winner; the other traps just, well, stunk.
Are there other baits you’ve tried in fruit fly traps?