Of all the gifts that warm weather brings, there’s pretty much just ONE we’d like to return and never see again: fruit flies. The tiny, persistent gnats have an ability to demoralize us that belies their size, if only because their appearances make our previously sparkling kitchens seem so dirty. They’re also super tricky to get rid of, with their eggs’ ablility to hatch even after the visible adults have been killed. Sometimes the solutions – usually involving vinegar – can leave our homes a little stinky, too. So what to do? Whip up this easy trap from Grant Thompson, “The King of Random” that only uses a lemon and a Tupperware container, and might even leave your kitchen smelling great, too. Check it out!
So did you catch how that’s done? Let’s recap!
–A small plastic container with a lid
- Use a sharp knife to slice off a piece of lemon that’s flat on both sides.
- Squeeze some of the juice from the lemon slice into the container, then place the slice inside.
- Poke, cut or burn a small hole in the lid of the container. Make sure the hole is large enough for a fruit fly to fit through, but small enough that they won’t easily find it again once they’ve passed through it. Place the lid on the container.
- Place the trap wherever you notice flies and wait for them to find their way into the trap.
- Once the trap is as full of flies as you can stand, drip a few drops of water through the hole and place the trap in the microwave. Microwave on high for 15 to 30 seconds to completely kill the flies.
- Dump the contents of the trap in the trash and repeat as necessary until the flies are all gone.
How easy is that trap? It’s a great way to get rid of lemons that are starting to lose their freshness, too. Have you ever trapped fruit flies like this before? What are some tricks of your own for getting rid of them?