I have a trick. I learned it from my friend Wendy. I went to Wendy’s house and noted an absence of fruit flies. Very notable during any summer. She was nice enough to share her trick with me. And I’m nice enough to share it with you. You’re welcome in advance!
Step 1 (this is my step): Wash your fruits and vegetables as soon as you get home from the market, especially your bananas! Bananas are a fruit fly breeding ground and they lay their lovely eggs right in the peel of your bananas. Totally gross, right?! I use a little non-toxic, organic Basic H and water. I just spray my fruit down with the same bottle I clean my stainless steel, and then rinse. This simple step makes me feel so much better about the fruit hanging around my house until eaten. Know what I mean?
Step 2 (this is Wendy’s step): Put a piece of fruit, already a little too ripe or perfectly fresh, into a mason jar. Cover the jar with Saran wrap. Then use a sharp toothpick to poke little holes in the Saran wrap. Make one hole a bit bigger for a fruit fly to fit into. It might surprise you, but the fruit flies will not find this hole to come out. That part seems like magic to me, but this has been tested: it works!
Step 3: Collect your jar of fruit flies until it starts it is crowded in there, and then go take the lid off far away from your house outside and set those babies free. You may want to change out the fruit before it goes totally rotten, otherwise it will get gross in there. Change out your fruit and it never looks gross sitting up on your counter.
My kids love catching fruit flies! They feel like it is a science experiment and go count them up or shake the jar a little.
Go on, rid your house of fruit flies forever!