How to get rid of fruit flies

How to get rid of fruit flies

I wrote a post awhile back about getting rid of fruit flies but it was in the very beginnings of this blog and fairly crappy so I decided to re-post it again. Over the last week we have had quite a bit of fruit in the house. Between making several loaves of banana bread and then four batches of strawberry jam you could say that we’ve been inviting the inevitable. Fruit. Flies. Everywhere.

It’s just that time of year that the fruit flies start to take over the kitchen. After all of my baking & jamming I got rid of all fruit that was maybe past it’s prime and emptied out every trash can but those persistent little bugs still lingered.

There are few things that irritate me more than these teeny tiny flies! Thankfully I found a tried and true method that clears them out every single time! Not only is it frugal but it’s super easy too. All you need are three common household items that you probably already have on hand: Dish soap (I use Dawn because it rocks!), vinegar and a mason jar.

How to remove fruit flies naturally

Fill the jar about 1/4 full with the vinegar and then add 2-3 drops of the dish soap. Leave this sitting on the kitchen counter overnight and when you wake up in the morning you will see it chock full of those pesky little buggers.
The reason that this works so well is that the vinegar attracts them while the dish soap traps & kills them! This home remedy is both inexpensive and nontoxic. And the very best part? It really works!

Do you have any trusted home remedies that you want to share? I’d love to hear them! Just post them in the comments below. If you blogged about them feel free to share the link to your post as well!

**UPDATE** Reader Meredith asked, “If I don’t have any white vinegar, will any kind of vinegar work, like white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar?”

Absolutely! I have tried several different kinds of vinegar and they have all worked. However, I have found that in my experience apple cider vinegar seems to work the best. Thanks to Meredith for a great question!

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  1. I’m pinning this for later! I had a bunch in my house a week or so ago, this would have came in very happy!! Sara @
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  2. Well that is AWESOME to know!!! Thanks for sharing that Sara!
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  3. Hi Sara! I always know when there is fruit in the house that should’ve been thrown out. How? I see those little bugs flying around. Found some onions plantains that should gone out. This quick fix of vinegar always work!
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  4. What a great idea! I also like how you went back and reworked a post when it fit again! Here is to improving and getting rid of those little pests! (the flies not the kids ….hmmm) :)

  5. I use this “formula” too. It works! Happy #SITSSharefest :)
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  6. I am bookmarking this! We always have at least one episode of fruit flies each summer, usually more. I hate them! But I’ve never found anything that works. I almost want to leave fruit out too long just to try this. But I won’t. The time will come soon enough, I’m sure.

    Thanks for sharing! Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.
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  7. Works like a charm! :)
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  8. Meredith Thompson says:

    Hi Sara,

    If I don’t have any white vinegar, will any kind of vinegar work, like white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar?


    • Great question, Meredith! I’ve used several different types and they’ve all worked just fine. Although, apple cider vinegar seems to have worked the best in my experience. :)

  9. Nancy Cormier says:

    Hey I use those same products to clean my shower 1:1 ratio though! Works fabulous there! Now to make some to kill those pesky fruit flies!! Thanks! Any ideas for maggots in the compost bin.. after a long humid weekend I worked and then threw some things in the compost bin our city collects and I almost threw up into the bin itself! I am a nurse so this is saying a lot.. there were millions of the things.. when I lived outside city limits we cleaned the bin with vinegar and water into the woods but now I am in a dense city neighborhood! Don’t think the neighbors would appreciate me sending those things down the curbs to the city drain…

  10. Susan Gauthier says:

    I will definitely try this when they pop up and they always do. I have had very good luck with a floor cleaner for a spray and mop unit using white vinegar (I don’t know if apple cider will work better) a few drops of Dawn dish detergent and rubbing alcohol. About 1/4 vinegar to 3/4 rubbing alcohol.

  11. This is amazing – I just mixed it up five minutes ago in a glass jar because I don’t have any mason jars and there’s already one fruit fly stuck in the liquid and three more in the glass crawling toward the liquid!

  12. This actually works. My glass is full of fruit flies and my fruit is not. Thanks.

  13. do you have to cover the top of the jar with plastic wrap and poke tiny holes in it or do you just leave it open???

    • Demmi, I have always just left it open with great results. The vinegar attracts them and the dishsoap essentially traps them once inside. Hope this works for you! :)

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