Get Rid of Fruit Flies ~ Naturally!


Getting Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally

Every spring and summer, I try to be careful about avoiding a fruit fly problem, but somehow they still sneak into our compost bin under our sink (even though I keep the bin and the cabinet closed).  Once we have fruit flies, I have a hard time getting rid of them.  It is difficult to eliminate every source of food for them – such as fruit bowl or my indoor plants.

This is a really easy – and natural – way to deal with fruit flies.

Put a piece of banana in a jar.  I found that banana worked better than other things.  And even better, add some apple cider or other sweet juice.

Seal the top with plastic.  This can be saran wrap kept in place with a rubber band, or something like Press & Seal (like in the photo below).

Poke small holes in the plastic wrap.  Just small enough for the fruit flies to enter, but then they are trapped and cannot climb out.

Fruit Flies

Try to put away any other sources of temptation for the fruit flies.  This can be a challenge!

Be sure to clean out the jar on a regular basis.  You can also use recycled jars (such as plastic containers) that can be thrown out if you aren’t good about cleaning out the jar.  For this one, I cut the bottom off a plastic water bottle, and wrapped the whole thing with a piece of Saran wrap.  Within 2-3 hours, I had at least 50 fruit flies.

Fruit Fly Trap

Bananas worked best for me.  However, there are lots of other great natural ways to try to combat a fruit fly problem that may work better for you.  Apple cider vinegar didn’t work well for me, but it may work great for you.  I have also heard that you can combine apple cider vinegar with Dawn soap.

Good luck!





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    I love going to the Farmer’s Market, but hate all the little critters that come with our haul! I just do the apple cider vinegar & a couple drops of Dawn in an old bowl…and it’s goodbye Fruit Flies. Love that there’s lots of methods that don’t involve chemicals to get rid of pests now!

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    I love this! I wish I would have known about this a few months ago when the fruit flies were terrible.

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    Wow you had 50 fruit flies in just a few hours? Your trick really does work! I’ll have to try it!

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    Sherri Lewis says:

    Thank you for this…. fruit flies drive me nuts! I will have to give this a try….

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    We do the apple cider vinegar (or cooking sherry) with a couple drops of dishsoap and it works well. You should also pour boiling water down your drains because they can live in there as well.

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    Make a paper cone by rolling a piece of paper into a cone shape. Snip off the bottom of the cone. Put a squirt of liquid dish detergent and some wine in bottom of carafe or vase. Drop in cone. The fruit flies can’t get out and get drunk and drown.

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    Right now my fruit flies are being taken care of by George. That’s the name I gave to the daddy long leg spider that took up residence in the corner of my kitchen where I have some bananas and a few kiwi ripening. Seriously! I was going to make a fruit fly trap because the flies were getting annoying, but when I finally got around to it, I realized that they weren’t around anymore. When I checked on the progress of my kiwi, the darned flies didn’t fly off as I picked up the fruit! Then I noticed the spider in the corner just above the fruit and about 40 or so fruit flies caught in his (or her) web! Such a nice spider. I think I will relocate him this afternoon. His job is done!

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    laurie nykaza says:

    This is a great simple idea that I will have to try ext time when we start seeing them fly around the kitchen.

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    This is genius because one of my biggest pet peeves (next to stink bugs), is pesky fruit flies!

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    shelleyb says:

    No matter how “clean” someone may keep their home–these pesky guys find a way to make an appearance. This is a common problem for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kelly O'M says:

    I hope this works for me. Fruit flies are tiny, but ANNOYING! thanks for the idea.

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    Heather Sue says:

    Fruit flies won’t appear in your house if you get rid of the old fruit before it starts to go bad. Anytime I see bananas start to go brown I try to make banana bread :)

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    Fruit flies appear all of the time at my house 😛 We usually leave a little bit of orange juice out, but it didn’t seem to work last time, so maybe we will have to try some bananas next time. . .

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    Apple cider vinegar and Dawn did work good for me! I put them together and ran water in them to mix them and get bubbles. Overnight it killed hundreds of them. But I am looking for other methods too so I am going to try the bananas as you have suggested!

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