Ugh, fruit flies — those little flying bugs that seem to make your whole kitchen feel filthy, even when it's not. The small flies that appear near your room-temp fruits and other kitchen items multiply quickly, laying hundreds of eggs, which become adults (and nuisances) in only days. Gross!
The good news? There are easy ways to get rid of fruit flies — and several are totally organic and achieved by using stuff you already have in the house. Get rid of fruit flies cheaply and quickly with these easy tips.
Organize your kitchen.
This tip stands to reason, of course, but the first step you can take in your fight against fruit flies is to banish any over-ripe fruit from the kitchen. Throw out anything that you don't plan to eat, and refrigerate anything else (or at least cover your fruit bowl, suggests WikiHow). Furthermore, make sure breeding grounds like recycling and garbage bins are free of traces of remnant food or spilled drink, Real Simple advises.
Make a cone trap.
A commonly known — and easy and cheap — trick for eliminating fruit flies is to create a cone-shaped trap. It takes only a minute! Just wrap a piece of paper into a cone shape. Then, cut the tip so the bottom is open, and place the trap into a jar or glass so the open tip remains above the liquid inside. That liquid should consist of apple cider vinegar, a splash of water and just a few drops of dish soap as bait. For a tutorial on this method, head on over to the Urban Farming Guys.
Make a plastic wrap trap.
Apartment Therapy came up with an alternative to the cone trap, which works using the same principle. Pour some form of liquid like apple cider vinegar or fruit juice into a glass as a bait to attract the flies, with a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid to keep them trapped. Then, cover the top of the glass with a piece of plastic wrap that contains a few toothpick-size holes. Use a rubber band to secure it if need be.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage in 2013.