Does anyone else have a fruit fly problem in the summer? Those little bugs are such a nuisance. I tried a nasty fly strip, but that just looks gross. Then I tried the funnel-in-a-jar thing which worked, but it doesn't kill the bugs (and I'm okay with killing bugs!) - it just catches them and you have to release them. I knew I was just recatching and releasing the same ones over and over. I posted this funnel trap on my blog, but it must have been my family blog because I can't find it here. Anyways, my grandma saw it and told me "don't you know about the vingear trap?" - no! So she taught me this trick and I'm passing it on to you. So easy. So here we go: how to make a fruit fly trap.
Gather your supplies: a glass jar, seran wrap, vinegar, something pokey, and ribbon if desired.
Fill your jar with abuot 1 inch of vinegar. Wrap the top of the jar with a piece of seran wrap. It'll probably just stick, but you can secure it with a rubberband if that makes you feel better. Grab a helper to poke holes in the seran wrap top:
That's it! My jar sat this way on my counter all last year. The gnats want to get at the sweet-smelling goodness of the vinegar but they get in and can't get out - and eventually drown in the bottom. It looked a little nasty, this jar full of floating bugs. So this year I spiced it up a little by tieing a ribbon around the water line in the jar - now you can't see the floating bugs. We have a compost pile so there is always something on the counter waiting to be taken outside - aka, fruit fly magnet. So that's where my jar lives:
So go craft yourself a bug trap - you probably have all the supplies ready to go!
Linking to all those great Link Parties and the Iron Crafter Competition: