Getting Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally

Fruit flies. They are my nemesis. Just when I think they are gone, just like that they reappear with no warning at all. It really is an endless cycle. A battle I have come to accept and may never win. Our kitchen is filled with bananas, and since it is apple season, apples of course. I guess these little creatures love bananas and apples as much as little E.

How to get rid of  fruit flies

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Water
  1. Pour about 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1 Tbsp of liquid dish soap in a jar. Mix it up with a spoon.
  2. Fill the jar with tap water until the bubbles reach the top.
  3. Place the jar where the fruit flies are causing you problems. They will be attracted to the sweet apple cider vinegar and finally get trapped in the bubbles. Sneaky.

I know drowning the fruit flies is not very vegan of me, and I should probably release them outside. I do feel bad, but these little bugs drive me bananas! I did quickly find out that I am not the only one with fruit fly issues.

  • Tiffany from Nature Moms uses a jar with a piece of paper folded into the shape of a cone. The narrow part goes down into the jar. In the bottom, she pours apple cider vinegar and places a piece of fruit, such as a banana. The fruit flies can get in but are unable to get out. They will either drown or she suggests taking the jar outside to release them. Tiffany swears by this method.
  • Rachel from Mommy Greenest squirts dish soap into a shot glass and fills it to the top with wine, and places the glass where the fruit flies are hovering. She believes that fruit flies are winos, and never turn down a glass of wine.
  • Karen from EcoKaren uses apple cider vinegar and dis soap. You can read all about her fruit fly adventures and how she gets rid of them natural here.
  • Michelle from Everything’s ABuzz puts a banana in a glass jar and covers the jar with a piece of wax paper using a rubber band over it. Poke some holes in the paper with a fork. They can get in, but aren’t able to get out.
  • Nancy from Holistic Moms Network uses the vinegar and dish soap method with a jar.

What method do you prefer to use? Or do you simply live in harmony with the little guys? Photo credit: uberculture via photopin cc

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