There is not much we dislike about summer. The air is warm, the days are long, and everyone is just a little bit happier. But amidst the long list of pleasantries, lies one thing we don’t enjoy—fruit flies. The little creatures try their hardest to infest kitchens and set up camp amongst fruit and veggies. Here are three hacks to send them on their way.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The benefits of apple cider vinegar are practically endless, so it’s no surprise that getting rid of fruit flies cracked the list. Pour some apple cider vinegar into a bowl, along with some dish soap. You can even place the mixture in the microwave for around 20 seconds to intensify the scent. Set your bowl in a place where the bugs are buzzing and watch how the vinegar pool becomes their new hangout spot.
Unlike us, fruit flies don’t seem to enjoy the scent of peppermint. Saturate some cotton balls in the fragrant oil and place them around the area where you don’t want to be bothered by little bugs.
Once you’re done drinking your wine, hold onto your cork. Let it dry out, then cut it in half, and nestle the corks amongst your fruit. Fruit flies are attracted to rotting fruit, but as natural cork will absorb the humidity in the air, causing the fruit to ripen slower and keeping it fresher for longer.