Three easy homemade traps to get rid of fruit flies for good, including a cheap 10p trick

WITH summer just around the corner, there is another, less welcome guest to look forward to – fruit flies.

Ruining your morning whilst buzzing around bananas and watermelon, the fruit fly is the pesky tenant that nothing seems to be able to get rid of – but luckily, there are easy traps to tackle this issue.

Fruit flies reproduce at an alarming rate, which is why it always seems like a mission to get rid of them, The Express wrote.

According to WebMD, a female fruit fly can lay up to 2,000 eggs on the surface of anything moist or rotting – and within just 24 hours, the eggs hatch into larvae or maggots.

Then, after around two days, these larvae will be ready to mate, starting the cycle all over again.

While the transition seems a fast turnaround, these small flies only live for just over a week to 15 days – but with a constant stream of them, it's easy to see why it feels like forever.

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Thankfully, there are a few easy and effective ways to get rid of fruit flies – and there's no need for expensive treatments and tools.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TRAP

One of the most effective traps you can make for fruit flies is apple cider vinegar, as its sweet aroma is a scent these pests find it impossible to resist.

To make your own DIY trap, simply pour some apple cider vinegar into a glass or bowl.

Then cover the opening with clingfilm and secure it with a rubber band to keep in place.

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Next, poke a few holes into the plastic for the fruit flies to enter – and from there, there's no going back for them.

PAPER CONE AND FRUIT TRAP

To avoid any unnecessary waste, for this project use produce that's already rotting.

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Grab a bottle of vinegar and pour the acidic liquid and a chunk of overly ripe fruit in a jar – apple is great.

Once ready, roll some paper into a cone and place it in the jar with the more narrow opening inside it – this should create a funnel.

VINEGAR AND SOAP

If the first two haven't provided you with the fruitful results you were hoping for, you can try the vinegar and soap trick.

For best results, it’s recommended to warm the vinegar up with a few drops of dish soap.

Then simply let the heat do its magic – it will make the mixture more aromatic and inviting to hungry fruit flies.

The soap will break the surface tension, which will cause the flies that land in the bowl to sink and drown.

OTHER SCENTS

For those who find these taps inhumane, there are other scents to deter the pesky kitchen tenants.

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Fruit flies cannot stand the aroma of basil, peppermint,  eucalyptus, lemongrass, and lavender.

Place fragrant herbs in muslin bags or tea bags and hang them around problem areas -or simply buy some essential oil diffusers.

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