If you have ever composted you know how annoying fruit flies can be. Fruit flies, also known as Drosophila melanogaster, congregate around decaying food. They love compost bins sitting on the counter waiting to be taken outside. As a long time composter I am used to these annoying little bugs. They don’t do much damage but they certainly are annoying when they are everywhere in your kitchen.
Luckily there is an easy trap you can make from common tools in your kitchen. You will need:
- A tall, skinny glass
- A bit of red wine, juice or vinegar
- A round piece of paper
In the glass put a bit of the wine/juice/vinegar about halfway up. Cut the paper from the edge to the center of the circle. Roll the paper into a funnel and snip the end of the tip to create a funnel. Don’t make the hole too big or the flies can get back out. You want this to be a one way trip. Place the paper into the jar to just above the level of the liquid. Tape the paper in place and voila you have a fruit fly trap. Be sure there are no holes along the edge of the glass and the paper. This will become an escape route for pesky flies.
You don’t want too much wine in the glass because you need a fairly deep funnel to put in the top of the glass. The scent of the wine attracts the flies into the funnel. Once inside the shape of the paper funnel prevents the fly from escaping. They try to go to the highest point inside the trap and can’t find the hole they entered through. It takes a couple of days for all of the flies to disappear. You can speed the process by removing their source of food, anything decaying on your counter fits this description. This can be difficult when you are composting. The trap will last about a week before the wine needs to be changed or you can’t stand the site of all the floating flies…YUCK!