Summer fruit is amazing. Summer fruit flies are annoying. In this quick and easy CHOW Tip, CHOW.com's Roxanne Webber shares how to make a great homemade fly trap that won't fill your house with harmful chemicals.
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Fruit is one of the best parts about summer but with it comes a nasty little pest. Fruit flies. Fortunately, it's easy to get rid of them by making a simple trap with stuff you already have around the house: paper, tape, a jar, and a little something to bait the trap with. It's cheap and it doesn't spread insecticides all over your house. First take a sheet of paper, roll it into a funnel shape and tape it. Then get a jar or a tall glass and throw a piece of banana or a little bit of apple cider vinegar in the bottom of it. Put your funnel into the jar so that bottom is just above your bait. Then tape it around the edge and wait. The fruit or vinegar will attract the flies and the funnel makes it hard for them to get back out of the jar once they get in. If you want to get really sciencey, try baiting the trap with a little yeast, sugar, and water because the flies are attracted to the carbon dioxide it'll produce.