One Jar Trap and 5 Solutions to Get Rid of Fruit Flies and Gnats Once and For All
There is almost nothing as annoying as fruit flies and gnats swarming on your food and drink when you are just about to enjoy in them. These tiny, annoying creatures are all around us! They hang out in our homes, supermarkets, restaurants, and in any other place where food is kept all year round, especially during summer.
Fruit flies are mostly found around fruits and vegetables, while gnats are usually attracted by houseplants and moist soil.
You can also find fruit flies wherever there are drains, empty bottles and cans, cleaning rags, garbage disposals, mops, and trash containers.
These tiny creatures are not just annoying, but they can also cause great damage to the houseplants and foods they prey on, and there is even a chance that they carry some sort of disease.
Another alarming fact, besides that, is their fast rate of reproducing, which means that if you let them be, they will soon take over your house.
At the first sight of insects, most of us run to the nearest store and purchase insecticides considering them the best solution. However, these insecticides often contain toxic substances that can damage our health. Therefore, we suggest that you skip the insecticides next time, and try the following completely safe and effective way to get rid of these pesky insects.
All you need is a bunch of simple ingredients to prepare a natural, highly effective insecticide, which will ward off insects the same way store-bought ones do.
Next time you have trouble getting rid of fruit flies or gnats, prepare one of the following five home solutions and say farewell to these “nasty” creatures!
You will also need a jar, cup or any other container, and a plastic wrap to make the trap.
Making the Trap
Making a trap for fruit flies and gnats is quite simple. We give you two options to choose from:
1st Option: Jar Trap
First, you should prepare one of the five solutions listed below, and then fill a container (jar, cup) with it. Next, you should close the container tightly using a plastic wrap, and make a dozen tiny holes into the wrap. Watch the insects fall into your trap right away!
2nd Option: Paper Funnel Trap
Take a piece of paper and roll it into a cone or funnel. The cone should be tight and with an opening in its tip/bottom of about 2-3 mm, somewhat larger than a fruit fly. Then, secure the paper cone with tape and set it into the jar, making sure it fits snugly and is distanced from the bottom of the jar at least 2 inches. Add a bait, such as a piece of fruit or fruit peels, into the jar before setting the cone. Before setting the trap, make sure there are no other attractants such as food, dirty dishes, or garbage around the trap. The annoying creatures will start entering your funnel trap without having a way out!
5 Solutions for the Trap
- Milk, Sugar & Pepper
If you don’t have much time on your hands to prepare one of the above-mentioned traps, use this solution to attract your annoying “buddies.” Combine two cups of milk with 4 tablespoons of ground pepper and 8 tablespoons of sugar, and warm up the mixture. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Then, pour the solution into a shallow dish and find the best location to set your “sugary” trap. The sweet scent of milk and sugar will soon attract fruit flies, and once they get inside the “sweet” trap, they will start drowning. Do this until you finally get rid of them all!
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apart from being a highly beneficial health tonic and one of the oldest remedies on Earth, apple cider vinegar is also a helpful gnat and fruit fly repellent. Combine several drops of liquid soap with ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, and heat the mixture. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and pour the mixture into the jar trap.
Put the jar trap wherever the fruit flies and gnats are mostly present. The smell of apple cider vinegar will attract them immediately, while the liquid soap will eliminate them.
- Red Wine
You are not the only one who loves a glass of red wine. These annoying little critters can sniff a fine glass of wine from miles away, it is simply irresistible to them. For this reason, red wine would serve as a great bait for your trap. Just fill your jar trap with 1/2 cup of red wine and 1 ½ cup of water.
Put the jar trap in the problem area and wait for the annoying, yet fascinating critters. The aromatic red wine will attract them and they will soon start drowning in the solution. Prepare a fresh solution and repeat the process again until you get rid of them all.
- Rotten Food
A piece of any rotten or overripe fruit or vegetable will serve as a great bait for your fruit flies and gnats. Simply, place the fruit or vegetable into the jar trap, wait until they get trapped into it, and then fill the jar with water to drown them. It is as simple as that.
- Lemon Scented Sprays
Ward off fruit flies and gnats with the powerful scent of lemons. Fill a spray bottle with two cups of hot water and drop 15 drops of lemongrass oil into it. Shake the bottle well, and spray this solution all over the problem areas.
Another suggestion is to mix 4 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of lemon-scented dish soap and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Apply this solution to all plants affected by gnats to get rid of them.
Getting rid of fruit flies and gnats will definitely take much of your precious time, and at least one week to eliminate them once and for all. You will also need a lot of patience and determination, but hopefully in the end all of it will pay off!