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How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies (My Personal Victory)

Dealing with fruit flies became a personal quest for me, especially during those warm months when my kitchen seemed to turn into a fruit fly haven overnight. These tiny nuisances, as I’ve painfully learned, are not just annoying but can multiply with alarming speed.

However, I’ve discovered some effective strategies on how to get rid of fruit flies and keep them from coming back, which I’m eager to share from my own battles.

Understanding Fruit Flies (aka The Enemy)

First off, understanding what attracts fruit flies was crucial. They’re not just drawn to ripe fruits and veggies but also to anything fermented – from the beer I forgot about to the wine bottle left uncorked.

Even my sink drains and garbage disposal weren’t safe from these tiny invaders. This helped me figure out how to get rid of fruit flies.

Eliminating Attraction Sources

  1. Storing Produce Properly: I started by keeping my ripe fruits and vegetables in the fridge, a simple move that made a big difference. Regularly checking for and disposing of anything overripe became part of my routine.
  2. Maintain Cleanliness: Any spills, especially from sweet or fermented liquids, had to be cleaned immediately. I made it a habit to keep my counters clean, dishes washed, and the trash taken out promptly.
  3. Manage Garbage and Recycling: I invested in bins with tight lids and made sure to rinse out any bottles or cans before tossing them into recycling, cutting off another fruit fly attractant.
  4. Address Damp Areas: My sink drains and disposals got special attention, with regular cleanings using boiling water or a baking soda and vinegar concoction to clear out the organic gunk where fruit flies love to breed.

How To Make a Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap

A bowl of apple cider vinegar covered with plastic wrap and poked with small holes became my go-to. It was fascinating and a bit satisfying to see how many fruit flies it caught.

Materials Needed

  • A small bowl or jar
  • Apple cider vinegar (though white vinegar can also work in a pinch)
  • Plastic wrap
  • A toothpick or something similar to poke holes
  • Dish soap (optional, but I found it increases effectiveness)

How to Make A Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap

  1. Fill the Container: I started by filling a small bowl with apple cider vinegar. About halfway full is enough. The vinegar acts as a powerful lure due to its fermented smell, which fruit flies can’t resist.
  2. Add Dish Soap: This step is optional, but I noticed it significantly boosts the trap’s effectiveness. By adding a few drops of dish soap to the vinegar, it breaks the surface tension. This means that when fruit flies land on the surface, instead of being able to sit on top, they immediately sink and drown.
  3. Cover with Plastic Wrap: Next, I took a piece of plastic wrap and covered the bowl tightly. The plastic wrap needs to be secured around the edges to ensure flies can’t sneak in from the sides.
  4. Poke Holes: Using a toothpick, I poked several small holes in the plastic wrap. The holes need to be big enough for fruit flies to enter but not so large that they can easily find their way back out. I aimed for holes just slightly larger than the size of a fruit fly.
  5. Place the Trap: Finally, I placed the trap where I noticed fruit flies congregating the most, often near the fruit bowl on my counter or by the trash can. It’s essential to position the trap in their popular hangouts to ensure they’re drawn to it.

This turned out to be a low-effort, high-reward tactic in my ongoing battle against fruit flies. The satisfaction of seeing those pesky invaders trapped and knowing my kitchen was a step closer to being fruit fly-free was well worth the minimal effort it took to set up this simple, homemade trap.

Alternatives To Vinegar Traps:

  1. Soap and Vinegar Trap: Adding a few drops of dish soap to the vinegar created a deadly pool for the flies, eliminating the surface tension so they’d drown upon contact.
  2. Wine Trap: I found that red wine worked just as well as vinegar for trapping fruit flies. A bit of wine in a bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and poked with holes did the trick.
  3. Ripe Fruit Trap: Using ripe fruit as bait in a container covered with plastic wrap helped trap many flies. After they were trapped, I’d dunk the whole thing in soapy water to finish them off.

Preventative Measures

Preventing another invasion meant staying vigilant. I kept everything clean, made sure windows and doors were either closed or well-screened, and was meticulous about garbage and recycling hygiene.

Helpful Resources


Tackling fruit flies turned from a daunting challenge into a manageable task once I armed myself with knowledge and the right tools. My kitchen became a no-fly zone, much to my relief.

The key, I found, was not just in battling the existing problem but in preventing their return through cleanliness and diligence. Sharing these tips feels like passing on secret weapons in the fight against fruit flies, and I hope they help you as much as they did me.

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