I’m not exactly sure why, but our house has been absolutely infested with fruit flies for the past month or so. My wife and I have done everything possible to eliminate things like dirty dishes, food lying around, etc. But, no matter what, we have been greeted by a swarm of them whenever we walk in our kitchen and have even had them in other parts of the house as well.
Last Friday, I was at my parents’ house picking up my kids after work and my wife handed me something I hadn’t seen before; a fruit fly trap from the brand Terro. She said she found it on sale and suggested I give it a try.
When I saw this contraption, I honestly didn’t think it would do anything to solve our problem. After all, it was basically a plastic ball that looked a bit like an apple and I was supposed to believe fruit flies would think it really was a piece of fruit, climb inside it and die. But, nothing else was working and, unlike the bug sprays I could have been using, it was non-toxic (a must in our house, especially in the kitchen) so I took it home with me.
My wife and I set this thing up Saturday, when we were trying to make lunch and were being pestered by the bugs. She added the special liquid that came with it (some sort of food-based product that is supposed to attract the flies and kill them) and set it down on our counter by the stove.
I can’t even begin to describe how amazed I was with this trap when, within a couple of minutes, it was covered in fruit flies looking to find something to eat. At first, I was a bit afraid that they were just going to hang out on the outside (something that would not result in them dying). But, little by little, they started crawling inside the trap and, within a couple of hours; we could count at least a couple dozen dead ones inside it.
Obviously, as I’m describing above, the Terro fruit fly trap didn’t work instantaneously. But, it did work. By Monday morning, our fruit fly problem wasn’t completely gone but it had been significantly reduced; instead of a swarm we had only a few flying around and there were still some climbing on the outside of the trap looking like they would eventually go inside it.
It might not look like much, but this product proved to be worth the money my parents spent on it. If you have a fruit fly problem, I would recommend it.