Fruit flies are the bane of many homeowners existence. They have a crazy short life span, going from egg to adulthood in 8-10 days, which means they reproduce at a ridiculously fast rate. They thrive in moist, damp places, such as sink/garbage disposal drains, and are attracted to fruits and other foods-particularly ones that are fermenting or rotting.
They become a big hassle to deal with when there are some fruits lying in your kitchen or any sweet stuff. So in this Instructable, I'll show you how to make a simple fruit fly trap that works pretty efficiently. So let's see how it's done.
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Step 1: Materials Required
For this simple household hack, you'll need to find the following items, most of which are lying around useless in your house :
- An Old Plastic Bottle
- Some Plastic Wrap
- A Fruit or anything that's sweet.
- An Elastic Band
That's all you need. So let's get started.
Step 2: Cut the Bottle
Carefully cut the bottom part of the bottle with the help of a paper cutter. Make sure the height of the cut out piece is about 2-3 inches.
This is because we'll have to place a bait for the fruit flies to get in.
Step 3: Bait and Cover
Now after cutting out the bottle to your required size, put a piece of bait into the bottle. The bait can be anything that attracts the fruit flies. It may be honey, it may be a piece of cake, a slice of fruit or anything.
Here I'm using a piece of lemon as bait. Then cover the open end of the bottle with a piece of plastic wrap and seal it well using an elastic band. Make sure it is sealed securely from the sides.
Step 4: Set Up the Trap
After you seal the bottle with elastic bands, the trap is almost done. Now all that's left to do is to set it up in the right place.
Next you need to pierce a few holes using a sharp object on the plastic wrap. This will be the opening for the fruit flies to come and get the bait.
After piercing the holes, it's all ready and place the trap near to a drain or the kitchen sink. That's because most of the fruit flies lives in the drains and dirty moist places.
Simple Isn't it ? Go get those frustrating fruit flies !!
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