If you already have an insect problem, it can definitely be tough to keep out the fruit flies, gnats, and other flying insects during certain times of the year. If you already have fruit flies, we recommend using these tips to get rid of them before starting your growing. We have tried some pretty successful at-home non-toxic tricks to keep them at bay! 🦟
1) Gather a few small jars and pour in 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and whirl in a few drops of liquid dish soap. With the lids off, place the jars wherever you see the most gnats or fruit flies. They will be drawn to the smell of the apple cider, but once they land in the mixture, the soap makes it difficult for them to escape.
2) You can spread a little honey on bright yellow index cards if you have them. Set this near your grow tray. Yellow attracts gnats because it’s the color of plants under stress whose defenses are weakened against predators. When the gnats come to investigate, they’ll get stuck in the honey.
3) Make a homemade gnat/fruit fly trap with a shallow dish and red wine, which will attract them. Some people use a container with a small opening, like a water bottle, so it’s more difficult for the gnats to fly away after they investigate the wine.
Going forward, you may have to do some of these kitchen tricks to remove the population before starting your Seed Quilt.