Though they won't harm you, these tiny insects do threaten the hygiene of your kitchen and the food in it. Here's how to keep them under control with just a few simple ingredients you probably already have around.

By Jenny Krane
Updated July 16, 2020
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No matter how hard you try to avoid it, if you have fruit in your house, pesky fruit flies will also find their way in. They're so small, it's hard to even know they're there until you spot one flitting around your bananas. Luckily, you don't need to call the exterminator to send these pests packing. DIY traps and sprays are a quick and easy way to get rid of fruit flies naturally, and you can make them with supplies you already have in your kitchen (just make sure you actually have fruit flies, and not another pest like fungus gnats, which can infest houseplants). Give one of these remedies a try and you'll soon have a fly-free zone.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Fly Trap

Apple cider vinegar is the fruit fly trap hack you hear about most often (because it works!). For this DIY trap, begin by adding 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to a glass jar. Add 2-3 drops of dish soap to the apple cider vinegar in the jar. Cover the mouth of the jar with plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. Use a pencil to poke a hole in the plastic wrap. The hole releases the odor of the mixture and gives the fruit flies an opening to fly into the jar, but the dish soap will trap the fruit flies as soon as they touch the liquid. Place the trap near your fruit bowl or trash can to trap any pesky fruit flies in the kitchen.

Fruit Fly Spray

A simple spray bottle and a few easy ingredients are all you need for this fruit fly project. To start, add 2 ounces of hot water to a small spray bottle. While the water is still hot, add 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil to the spray bottle. Spray this water and lemongrass oil mixture on fruit flies as you see them (look around windowsills or on kitchen counters). Don't spray this mixture directly onto fruit or other food, because the essential oil may not be safe for consumption.

Red Wine Fruit Fly Trap

Have a bottle of red wine in the kitchen that's been open too long? Instead of pouring it down the drain, use it to get rid of fruit flies quickly. For this project, start with a shallow bowl. Add 1 cup of red wine to the bowl. Place plastic wrap over the opening of the bowl and secure with a rubber band. Use a pencil to poke a small hole in the plastic wrap. Place the trap near the problem area to attract and trap fruit flies.

Comments (1)

July 28, 2020
I use organic apple cider vinegar with the "mother"all during "bug season". It works great!