Wine corks in your fruit bowl NOW: How an aging trick can repel the pesky fruit flies for good

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Why you should put wine corks in your fruit bowl: how this age-old trick can repel pesky flies and bugs for good

  • Moms have shared an age-old trick to ward off the pesky fruit flies for good
  • Wine corks in fruit bowls act as a natural repellant to keep fruit free from insects
  • Natural corks are said to ‘absorb moisture’ from the ripening fruits
  • The cork would then ‘activate a scent’ that keeps flies at bay

A group of moms have shared an age-old trick to ward off pesky fruit flies for good – and all you need is a few wine corks.

Australian parenting group Mum Central explained how placing wine corks in fruit bowls acts as a natural repellent to keep fruit free from the insects.

Natural corks are said to ‘absorb moisture’ from the ripening fruit, which then ‘activates a scent’ that keeps flies at bay without using chemicals.

A group of moms have shared an age-old trick to ward off the pesky fruit flies for good - and all you need is wine corks.  Natural corks are said to 'absorb moisture' from the ripening fruits, which then 'activate a scent' that keeps flies at bay without using chemicals

A group of moms have shared an age-old trick to ward off the pesky fruit flies for good – and all you need is wine corks. Natural corks are said to ‘absorb moisture’ from the ripening fruits, which then ‘activate a scent’ that keeps flies at bay without using chemicals

How using wine corks can repel fruit flies

Ryan Watts, a Cameron Hughes Wine sommelier, said that corks act as a natural repellent because it absorbs moisture from ripening fruit.

“It activates a scent from the cork that fruit flies are not so happy with,” he said.

As a general rule of thumb, Mr. Watts suggested using one cork for every two to three pieces of fruit.

The trick only works with natural corks, not with composite or synthetic material, because those are useless.

Source: Cameron Hughes Wine

For those who don’t drink wine or have cork tops lying around, there are wine corks for sale on eBay from just $ 12 for a bag of 30.

Many were amazed at the simple tip, saying they would try it at home, while others joked, “A good reason to drink more wine.”

Thanks for that tip! I really don’t like cold bananas, ‘one of them said, referring to how she keeps her fruit in the fridge to keep them away from the pesky flies.

Ryan Watts, a sommelier, previously explained why the old wives’ tale really works.

‘Two things attract fruit flies: sugars and moisture. This is why you most often find them around ripe fruit and in or around sinks and drains, ”Mr. Watts told TODAY.

“Natural cork is a perfect deterrent because the cork material absorbs moisture that is deterred by the ripening fruit and activates a scent from the cork that fruit flies are not so happy with.”

As a general rule of thumb, Mr. Watts suggested using one cork for every two to three pieces of fruit.

He said the trick only works with natural corks, not composite or synthetic material, because they don’t make sense.

Mr. Watts explained that the cork trick does not work with infestation with fruit flies.

“ You need a completely different process to get everything under control, but once under control, this cork trick will keep things from never reaching your problematic level again, ” he said.

The corks come after a mother revealed she used a cup of apple cider and a liquid laundry detergent to create a 'trap' that kills the bugs.  The method draws the tiny insects into the cup before drowning

The corks come after a mother revealed she used a cup of apple cider and a liquid laundry detergent to create a 'trap' that kills the bugs.  The method draws the tiny insects into the cup before drowning

The corks come after a mother revealed she used a cup of apple cider and a liquid laundry detergent to create a ‘trap’ that kills the bugs. The method draws the tiny insects into the cup before drowning

Mr. Watts also warned against using corks with residual wine as it is “completely counterproductive and will attract the little bastards.”

“You want as little cork as possible,” he said.

‘Discoloration from contact with red wine is fine, white wine corks look indicatively cleaner. And never use a dessert wine cork at all costs, no matter what. ‘

The corks come after a mother revealed she used a cup of apple cider and a liquid laundry detergent to create a ‘trap’ that kills the bugs.

The method draws the tiny insects into the cup before drowning.

“For those who suffer from fruit flies, mosquitoes or whatever these wild pains are … apple cider vinegar and dish soap – this is what caught it in 30 minutes,” said a mother, alongside a photo of the dead fruit flies.

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