By Vanessa Greaves

You know what's great about summer? All that glorious fresh fruit. What's not so great? All those pesky fruit flies that seem to thrive in summertime. Once you spot one flitting around your kitchen, you're already in huge trouble because those itty bitty buggers multiply like mad. And before you know it, you've got an infestation. Instead of flailing around like a crazy person trying to smack them in mid-flight, here's a super-easy DIY that'll rid your kitchen of those pests quickly and efficiently, without any poisonous chemicals. And guess what? You've already got everything you need. Ready to go all MacGuyver on them? Let's do this thing!

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What You'll Need

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Small glass or jar
  • Plastic wrap
  • String
  • Toothpick
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Pour about an inch or so of apple cider vinegar into the jar. Add a drop of liquid dish soap. Cover the top of the jar with a small square of plastic wrap and tie it closed with string. Poke several holes into the plastic wrap, just large enough for a fruit fly to get through. Place the jar in your kitchen where the fruit flies like to congregate and walk away for a few hours.

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How Does It Work?

Fruit flies are irresistibly drawn to the smell of fermenting fruit. That's where the apple cider vinegar comes in; the aroma entices them to enter the jar through the holes in the plastic covering. And once they check in, they can't check out. When they land on the vinegar, they can't float on the surface because the dish soap breaks the surface tension and they drown. #sorrynotsorry

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Check the jar once a day and you'll see how effective this simple trap is. You can clean out the jar and pour in fresh vinegar (and a drop of liquid soap) from time to time, and enjoy your fruit-fly-free kitchen for the rest of the summer.

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