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How To Catch Fruit Flies

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Oh man, it’s that time of year when the fruit flies start showing up, uninvited I should add. It seems like when I bring home some delicious fresh peaches, we are inundated with those pesky fruit flies. Or they may be from a tomato, who knows, but they have arrived. It’s that time of year for fruit flies, so I thought I better update this post.

They show up in the bathroom sometimes, you know the one that flies around as you try to swat it. Then you think you got it and another starts flying around. They’re a nuisance, that’s for sure.

How To Catch Fruit Flies

The next thing you know you can’t see where they are coming from. Are the fruit flies grazing on the peaches, the ripe apples, or the plant you just purchased at the grocery store and need to get in the garden? I know never to leave any dishes in the kitchen sink and never any open food items of any kind. They love to show up and surprise us, right?

How To Catch Fruit Flies

What causes fruit flies?

Fruit flies love a slimy sink drain, dirty dishes in the sink, and cans of soda sitting there on the counter half finished. Just keep looking around your home for wet wash rags, or a bucket of dirty water. Hopefully, you can find the source where they started.

Where do these pesky fruit flies come from in my house?

Here’s the deal, they gravitate to ripened, over-mature fruit which starts to go bad and produces a fermenting smell like alcohol, they love that!!! Good grief, they gobble up the fermented fruit and lay hundreds of eggs that hatch into larvae within a few hours. They can produce up to 500 eggs each.

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What causes these fruit flies to come into my house?

They breed in kitchen drains, they thrive on ripe matured fruit and vegetables. They love empty bottles and cans, trash cans, garbage disposals, bathroom sinks, kitchen sinks, and anything that is moist and fermenting like mops and buckets for cleaning. You may bring them into your home with a bag of fruit or vegetables.

How do I get rid of them?

I’m just giving you the heads up here you may never find the exact place they started, but you need to act quickly to eradicate them because you will soon have many more if you don’t.Why You Should Be Careful Around Fire Ants

1. Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

Grab a jar, small bowl, or bottle pour a little unfiltered apple cider vinegar in it, and cover the opening with plastic wrap secured with a rubber band. Poke a few small holes in the plastic wrap it and sit back and wait for those pesky fruit flies to fly in there. How To Benefit From Using Apple Cider Vinegar

2. Dish Soap and Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

You can fill a small jar or bowl with unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dishwater soap. You can cover it with plastic wrap or not. If you cover it, poke holes in the cover. The soap is what kills the fruit flies. This is the one I use. 100 Items To Store For Survival: Don’t Panic, Prepare

3. Ripe Banana and Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

If you have a very ripe banana, grab a quart jar add some unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a chunk of banana, and make a cone with white paper and place in the jar. The fruit flies will be curious to find the fruit but will not be able to get out after they go down the cone. What Can I Do With All These Bananas?

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5. Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, Sugar, and Soap

Fill a bowl with some unfiltered apple cider vinegar with a tablespoon of sugar and a few drops of liquid kitchen soap. They love this stuff. It’s cheap and you probably have these items in your kitchen right now. Note that the soap is what kills the fruit flies.45 Uses for Dawn Dish Soap

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6. Vacuum Cleaner Trap

Use a handheld vacuum cleaner with a narrow attachment to suck up the fruit flies. Empty the vacuum bag or container outside immediately after capturing them. How to Use a Vacuum Cleaner for Prepping

7. Banana Peel Trap

Place a piece of ripe banana peel in a jar and cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Poke a few small holes in the plastic wrap with a toothpick. The fruit flies will be attracted to the banana scent and enter the jar through the holes, but they won’t be able to find their way out.

8. Wine Bottle Trap

Pour a small amount of wine into an empty wine bottle, leaving about an inch of space at the top. Create a funnel using a piece of paper and insert it into the bottle, making sure the narrow end reaches just above the wine level. The fruit flies will be lured by the wine aroma and get trapped inside the bottle. Creative Ways to Reuse Glassware for Prepping Purposes

Don’t Forget the Garbage Disposal

You may not think of fruit flies being attracted to your garbage disposal, but they do in fact like the “stuff” in the black rubber sink ring in your sink garbage disposal. Here’s the deal, you need to turn off the garbage disposal, obviously to protect your fingers. How to Reduce Waste as a Prepper

Pull the rubber ring out and use a brush with bleach to clean the scum off the underside of the rubber ring. There are so many people who do not know that little rubber deals must be cleaned often. I clean mine at least once a month or more.

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Final Word

Let me know if you have some tips for getting rid of fruit flies at your home. I will add them to my post. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God Bless this World, Linda

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14 Comments

  1. This has always worked for me: in a shallow bowl or cup put a splash of vinegar…I use white plain…dish soap & water. I set it out in the kitchen uncovered and the fruit fliers quickly start dying in it. I make it fresh as needed every day or two.

  2. Fruit flies love red wine. I leave a 1/2 inch in the bottom of a glass on the counter. I don’t even cover it, somehow once they get in the wine, they don’t come out.

  3. I may try some of these. I get knats…

    For bigger bugs–flies, spiders, etc, I like my Bug-a-Salt. It kills them with no mess other than a few grains of salt. You just have to scoop their intact carcass off the floor. It’s certainly not the most frugal solution.

  4. Every year, I seem to have to relearn that I should wash those tomatoes as soon as they come in the house, then I don’t have fruit flies.

  5. I was making wine and noticed them around the airlock so I hung a sticky fly trap the kind you unwrap
    (with the tack) and hang in 2 days it was full, I changed them out until I didn’t catch anymore!

  6. I had LOTS of fruit flies in a former house when I bought it….at first I thot they were moths as I never had seen fruit flies in my whole long life. Yes, they multiply like crazy and even lay their tiny cocoon-like sacks filled with larvae in fabric in my sewing room…I found the best way to get rid of them was to chase them with my hand held vacuum, suck them up into it….what FUN! That worked better than vinegar/soap and I was able to get rid of them all before I moved to our current house.

  7. We never seem to have much of a fruit fly problem, but when they do show up I use a bowl with some apple cider vinegar and Dawn dish soap, and soon they are gone.

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