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How-To: Get Rid of Fruit Flies

It's not even the holidays and I already have house guests. Fruit flies. They've taken over my kitchen, and as much as I clean and toss out my produce, they continue to return. They're no doubt laying eggs somewhere. Gross. But thankfully I've found a quick solution for zapping those little buggers that uses household supplies, and doesn't require any toxic pesticides. To hear the steps,


Here's how, from Susie J:

  1. Fill a narrow-necked bottle (try a Corona or Cuervo) with a bit of apple cider vinegar, banana, bread, or red wine. This will act as bait, and they will fly in.
  2. Around the top of the bottle, and inside the neck, rub some liquid dish soap, honey, or vegetable oil. This will prevent the flies from making their way out, as it will be too slippery and sticky.
  3. Leave the bottle for a couple hours, and you should have trapped the flies.
  4. Microwave the bottle to kill any eggs they may have dropped. Make sure there is no metal on the bottle.
  5. Repeat until all the flies are gone.


Join The Conversation
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
Extremely helpful, thanks for the tip!
jellimonster jellimonster 8 years
this is a brilliant idea, i love it!
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
I've tried this and it works pretty well.
Monique-612 Monique-612 8 years
I am definitly going to try this one. We eat alot of bananas in our house and if they start to go a little bad... these pests are right there!!! YUCK!
xMiss-Worldx xMiss-Worldx 8 years
what a great idea! thank you
mudnessa mudnessa 8 years
if you have a plastic soda or water bottle you can cut it in half (or you may want to cut it a bit closer to the top than half) and insert the top half upside down in the bottom to make a trap. it uses the same principle, they fly down but they can find their way back up.
otaku otaku 8 years
orange juice also works brilliantly! i've used this trick many times with it.
laughing808 laughing808 8 years
great suggestion
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Thanks for this post - I have these pesty guests as well and it's driving me nuts!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
AWESOME suggestion!!!
SweetnLow SweetnLow 8 years
If you use wine remember that the sweeter the wine, the more flies you will catch.
stephley stephley 8 years
Well I've got a weekend project now, thanks!
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