As summer draws to a close, and fall temperatures become our new normal, I’m gathering the ripe produce from my garden every day. Tomatoes are best stored on the counter – NOT in the fridge where they rapidly lose flavour – but somehow those pesky fruit flies magically appear the minute tomatoes or bananas or other veggies are sitting out in the open!!!
So how do I protect those tomatoes I’ve spent so much time and energy growing all summer long? With cheesecloth! That’s right! Buy yourself some inexpensive cheesecloth at a dollar store, and drape it over the bowl you have your fruit or veggies in. This will keep the little critters off your beautiful produce.
To capture the fruit flies, place about 1/4 of a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar in a small bowl, and add 1-2 drops of your dishwashing liquid on the surface of the ACV. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap, poke a few holes with a skewer, toothpick or fork, and place near the fruit you have on the kitchen counter. The fruit flies will be able to get in the trap, but not get out. Be sure to change the ACV every few days to get rid of all the drowned corpses.
Simple, right? And no chemicals or expensive tapes and shapes. 🙂