I know it feels like summer pretty much everywhere else in the country. But here in Los Angeles it’s still mellow, weather-wise. The fruit flies, however, know what season it is, and are very happy that everything I’m eating is super ripe! Here’s an easy DIY Fruit Fly Trap that I’ve been using for years, and it works really well.
Take an empty glass jar, fill the bottom with Apple Cider Vinegar. I’m not sure if you can use regular vinegar or not – I’ve read that fruit flies are attracted to the smell of fermentation so fermenting apples might be what gets them ultra excited. If you heat up the liquid before you put the top on, it will release the fragrance even more.
Poke a few holes into the lid (I use a hammer and nail, a la The Indigo Girls).
They’ll fly in, but they won’t fly out! Empty the vinegar every few days, as they collect the gross little bug bodies. I make several fruit fly traps and put them throughout the house, wherever I see them collecting. After a week or so, they definitely die down. You can also use rotting fruit in the jar, but personally I think that’s too gross.