How to Get Rid of Gnats and Fruit Flies

I can probably speak for all of us when I say that bugs are CRAZY this year! They are everywhere and taking over the world! Ok so maybe not taking over the world, but they are really bad this year. We had such a mild winter (at least around here) that the bugs never really got a chance to get hibernated so they came back out with a bang.

I’m a door watcher these days. If you come to my house, be prepared to always shut the door behind you. If it doesn’t get closed I will not be a happy camper because Bobby bug and his momma probably just brought their cousins with them to secure a new place in our house. My husband is worse than me. He goes on bug killing rampages with his fly swatter and won’t stop til he gets them all. Sometimes, depending on his determination that day, it will only take a few minutes and other times it takes an hour.

We got those window clings that actually do a great job of getting a lot of fruit flies. But for some reason this year they are fixated on our ceiling fan cords and the middle of the room. I found this idea on Pinterest last weekend at Passionate Homemaking and thought I’d try it out. It looked as though it would work, but seemed too easy. I thought I’d give it a try anyways.

This is the miracle contraption.

Don’t underestimate the power of the miracle this jar will perform.

1 Jar (or something like it that you have on hand)
1 Piece of Paper
Scotch Tape
Banana Slices (or something else nasty that bugs like)
1/2 inch – 1 inch Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Drops Dishwashing Liquid

The idea is that the flies will go into the paper funnel attracted to the vinegar and bananas and then not be able to get back out and eventually fall to their deaths in the slimy detergent-y liquid below. It only took a few moments for these little guys to fall into my evil trap. There are more on the other side. They kept moving every time I’d move the jar around!

It took a while for them to give up. But then by the next morning…

Ew! Yeah, not the most appealing view but satisfying all the same. Mission accomplished.

Let me know if you try this and have the same success!

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