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By Katie Elliott & Lorna Hughes

Fruit flies are a common household pest that can be tricky to get rid of. They are usually found flying around kitchens and bins, attracted to ripe, rotting or decayed fruit and vegetables and fermented items.

They often find a way into your home via fruit and vegetables - another reason why it is so important to wash these items thoroughly. Fruit flies do not live for very long but they reproduce at an alarming rate, why is why they often seem so hard to get rid of, the Express reports.

Once in your home, the fruit flies will find rotting material where they can lay their eggs. They have a rapid life cycle, with an adult female fruit fly laying up to 2,000 eggs which hatch within 24 to 30 hours and become fully-grown in less than a week.

The flies only live for around eight to 15 days, but with a constant stream of them, it can feel like forever. However there are some simple and effective ways to get rid of fruit flies in a few hours. Here are three DIY fruit fly traps you can put together easily at home.

Apple cider vinegar and plastic wrap trap

Arguably one of the most effective traps you can make for fruit flies, apple cider vinegar is much more effective at enticing these flies due to its sweetness. Vinegar is a scent these pests can’t resist and once they succumb to this trap, there will be no escape.

To do it, simply pour some apple cider vinegar into a glass or bowl. Cover the opening with clingfilm or another form of plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band if necessary. Next, poke a few holes into the plastic for the fruit flies to enter.

For a faster success rate, make a few of these contraptions and place them around the problem areas.

Paper cone, vinegar and fruit trap

To make this trap, it’s best to use rotting produce to really entice the flies into the trap. Pour some vinegar and a chunk of overly ripe fruit in a jar - the sweeter the better.

Next, roll some paper into a cone and place it in the jar with the more narrow opening inside it, like a funnel. The flies will funnel down into the fruit and trap themselves in the jar. Apple is a great fruit to use to do this.

Warm vinegar and soap

If the other two traps aren’t for you, you can simply try the vinegar and soap trick. For the best results, it’s advised to warm the vinegar up. So, fill a microwaveable bowl with some apple cider vinegar and add a few drops of dish soap in.

Heat it up so it becomes more aromatic, then leave the bowl out uncovered as bait. The soap will break the surface tension causing the flies that land in the mixture to sink and drown.

Other methods

If you find fly traps a tad inhumane, you can also deter the critters with scents. Fruit flies can’t bear the smell of basil, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, or lavender.

Place fragrant herbs in muslin bags or tea bags and hang them around problem areas, or buy some essential oil diffusers. Another method of keeping them away in the first place is to really stay on top of kitchen chores.

Make sure to wipe down surfaces, sinks and bins with detergent regularly, and make sure dishes aren’t left in the sink for prolonged periods of time. It’s also important to change your sponges and dishcloths regularly to prevent odours and stale food from festering.

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