How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies

How to get rid of fruit flies. Is it just me, or does it seem fruit flies appear like magic overnight? There is a reason for that. They are attracted to past ripe fruit, that begins to ferment. This fermenting process produces alcohol which is what attracts the flies. There are a few simple steps you can do to get rid of fruit flies.

The simplest way is to remove the food source. But how are you suppose to put away all the fruit you bring home? Besides, some fruit can not be stored in the fridge because it will go bad quickly.

How To Prevent Fruit Flies

First of all, I found that just by cleaning the kitchen, and just by putting away food after breakfast, lunch and dinner, this reduces dramatically the number of flies around the kitchen. We try not to leave fruit unattended for a long period of time. Apples, bananas, tomatoes, any juices, all those are either used for compost, or they are placed in the freezer for smoothies for a later day. We have a bucket that we use to dispose all food waste. The bucket has a lid, and it doesn’t let odors out, or flies in. We empty the bucket daily to feed our chickens. I have used compost buckets with charcoal in the past, and what I like about it, is that there is no smell when the food waste is inside the bucket. That definitely deters flies from appearing around the kitchen.

How to get rid of fruit flies

Home Remedies

Another trick that seems to work, is to lure the flies with some ripe fruit into a container. The easiest way is to use a plastic container with a perforated lid. The holes should be big enough to let the fruit flies in, but not too big so they can scape easily. Another version is to use a small container with apple cider vinegar and a little bit of dish soap. Cover the top with either a perforated lid. Or just cover the container with plastic wrap and a rubber band. Poke some holes in the plastic. The fruit flies will get in, but will be unable to scape.

I am still not sure if the use of traps can make everything worse, since it seems to me, traps can be another way to attract more flies. Perhaps the best solution is to make sure there is no food waste and fruit peels laying around the kitchen for too long.

Do you have a method on how to get rid of fruit flies? Let me know. I would love to hear about it.

How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies
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4 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies

  • Apple cider vinegar in small bowl with plastic wrap worked well for me in the past. I make it a habit to wash fruit that sits out, such as bananas, when I bring them home.

    • I am starting to use sticky tape, and it seems to work fine. But my favorite is apple cider vinegar in a container.

  • I take a large glass cylindrical container and then take a letterhead sized piece of paper and roll the paper up into the shape of a cone. I put the small end of the cone into the container so that the end (make it as small as you can) is as close to the bottom as possible. If you’ve rolled up the paper correctly you have a small hole at the bottom and the cone widens and is held in place by the lip of the container at the top….sometimes I cheat with a piece of tape. Put a piece of fruit (the more rotten the better) into the bottom of the glass container before inserting the paper cone……and they will come in flocks! You will reduce your infestation to zero very quickly. After a day or so, take the container outside and let the little monsters go free…..and then start over if necessary. No mess, no fuss, and no chemicals.

    • That’s brilliant! Now that the tomato season is near, I will definitely give it a try!

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