How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies


Every summer at this time fruit flies descend on my kitchen. All that produce from the overflowing farmers’ markets, the garden and CSA boxes is like a fruit fly free-for-all. After struggling for years to get rid of them, I’ve finally discovered a formula that works!

I read recently that fruit flies can more accurately be called vinegar flies – it is in fact fermenting fruit that attracts them, and so it makes sense that apple cider vinegar would attract them even more than a fresh fruit bowl.

So here’s what you do: take a shot glass and fill it 3/4 full with apple cider vinegar. Add a drop of dish soap and set the concoction on a shelf or wherever the little nasties like to hang out. Very soon you’ll notice them collecting in the bottom of the glass, and you can flush the lot. Replenish as needed.

Of course others have their own advice – check out the links to fruit fly advice below:

Shine has some advice on how to get rid of fruit flies.

DIY Life tests 8 odd methods for getting rid of fruit flies.

Urban Green Girl has a twist on the apple cider vinegar in a shot glass technique.

17 apple recipes — caramel apples, apple chips, apple salad, and more!

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