Above: my fruit fly trap. I realize there’s no fruit in this photo, but technically the wine used to be grapes.
I have no idea why I get so many fruit flies at home. I don’t even keep that much fruit around (yes, I know, I should probably eat more fruit) but they show up anyway, conspiring to float around my apartment and drive me completely crazy. My dog may look adorable swatting at them, but I do not – which is why I’ve tried nearly everything to keep them from killing my vibe by killing them instead.
After some trial, error, furious Googling, and a polite complaint to my landlord, I started looking for DIY ways to rid myself of them forever. While there are lots of fruit fly traps on the market, they’re not very cute to look at – but I had faith that somewhere, someone had to be smart enough to design an aesthetically pleasing trap that could also lure fruit flies to their death. My search came to an end once I found the RSVP Endurance Fruit Fly Trap ($12) on Amazon, which is not only stylish, but also discreet: the white ceramic looks sleek, and the stainless steel cover matches the rest of my kitchen appliances (one friend actually thought it was a salt cellar, which, LOL).
It’s incredibly easy to use; you fill it with about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and a small drop of regular dish soap, put the lid on, sit back, and watch those suckers take the bait. Have I gleefully sipped a glass of wine while watching a fruit fly navigate its way into a hole and ultimately meet its demise? Yes. And did I let out a hearty witch cackle? Also yes. (I really hate fruit flies, in case you were wondering.)