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Getting Rid of Fruit Flies and Ants

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I saw this on Pinterest and thought this is just what I needed! I have been having fruit flies everywhere and they are bugging me. Literally. So let’s get rid of them! Here is an awesome way to get rid of them naturally. It is the same concept as the bee traps!

Fruit Fly Trap

1 quart jar
1 piece of paper, rolled up into a funnel
apple cider vinegar
small slice of banana

Fill a quart jar with a 1/2 inch of apple cider vinegar and a small piece of banana. Roll up your paper into a funnel shape (larger at the top) and tape it in place. Place the funnel into your jar and make sure all the edges are secured shut with tape. You may have to adjust the size of your funnel to make sure it fits nicely into your jar. Place the jar where the fruit flies are flying around and let it go to work. You will be amazed at how well this trap works. The fruit flies will smell the fruit and climb inside, but they don’t fly back up the funnel to get out. When you have caught a good supply, place the entire jar in the freezer. After a short time that flies with die and you can remove the jar from the freezer and use it again without even removing the old contents. Use repeatedly until your fruit flies are eliminated.

As you can see in the picture, this easy trap is amazingly effective!

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Ant Trap

We are often plagued with ants in the Spring and Summer time. We have various sorts of carpenter and sugar ants. This little concoction does the trick!

1-2 Tbsp. borax (borax is a natural laundry boosting powder available in the laundry section of the store)
1-2 cups hot water
1 cup sugar
folded paper towel
small shallow cup (like a creme burlee dish)

dissolve borax in hot water. Stir in sugar. Dip the folded paper towel, using tongs, in the solution till completely saturated with solution. Cram the paper towel in the dish. Place in location where you have seen the ants, preferably inside and outside the house. This solution will be eaten by the ants and taken back to the nest to share with the other ants and thus eradicate the entire nest. Keep away from children by placing on a counter top or cupboard, if possible.

~Master Sissy~