Posted by: UrbanGreenGirl | August 25, 2008

How to get rid of fruit flies naturally

Eliminate fruit flies naturally

Eliminate fruit flies naturally


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  1. Easiest way to get rid of fruit flies is to avoid getting them in the first place. Don’t leave food in the drain, cover your trash, and don’t leave bowls of fruit out on the counter. Keep food in sealed containers, and if you compost, take it outside. I’ve never had any issues with fruit flies at home, simply using avoidance tactics.

    • Your answer sucks !! That is obvious but people still have issues and your answer does nothing at all to help besides being a smartass. Dah , keep things clean. Come up with real solutions to a real problem.

  2. Fruit out out on the counter is the best way to ripen them (unless you use the brown bag method). I have very few fruit flies, maybe 2 at most at a time, since I only have fruit on the counter. Compost and trash is always covered and the sinks are always clean.

    I would feel bad killing the little guys with vinegar, even if I don’t particularly like them. Luckily I haven’t had a real problem! But I agree, this is MUCH better than chemical alternatives…it is crazy how many people just spray all sorts of insect killers around and in their house! Freaks me out!

  3. Where were you when I needed this technique, I had a bunch of fruit flies in the backyard not inside the house. Summer is over, but I will definitely keep this mind for next summer.


  4. Also, I use apple cider vinegar for my hardwood floors.

  5. You should add a feed so your viewers can keep up-to-date with your blog and/or posts.

  6. Thank you Nancy…I’m was actually trying to add my feed yesterday but it would only let me add other feeds….for now add it into whatever reader you use…I used netvibes

  7. What I do is take a 2l soda bottle, cut the top off about 34 inches down.

    Invert the top and put it in the open part then tape the edges.

    Pour a little cider vinegar in there and it will trap fruit flies like a charm

  8. I tried and it works like a charm! It’s a great tip for people who are composting, I do not always feel like taking a trip in the backyard at 10pm just to throw some fruit peels in the compost!

    Apple cider vinegar will also make your hair shiny.

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  11. I love this rememidy, I just set up my trap and I’m waiting, they are deffinately interested, hopefully they will be goner’s soon. Thanks for the tip.

  12. I just had to say that I tried this technique last night, and 24 hours later I had trapped 13 fruit flies (though one escaped when I picked up the jar to investigate).

    Thank you so much for this idea! Those fruit flies were driving me crazy.

  13. Hi there,
    Question – I got fruit flies by leaving an orange juice (wrapped in saran wrap in my office overnight). I trashed the juice but I think there is a nest left behind). Shall I try it again to get rid of them? I am afraid I will get more…

  14. And they have been biting me..

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  16. I don’t bake much anymore and hadn’t checked my flour cannister in a long time, arghhhh, now I know where the fruit flies are coming from, OR they may have been flies of a different kind coming from the flour. OR maybe two sources, but the population is finally down to a few. Even then…. they propagate faster than you can drown these insects.

  17. Hi! Name is Maddie(Madelina) Rezende, I work in a Motel and we serve Continental Breakfast. We have a bad case of Fruit Flies. How can I get rid of them at work without ruining our Breakfast area? It goes in everything. Milk containers, on bagels, and mini muffins. Please help me resolve this problem.

  18. Cider vinegar in a jar (half a cup_ and 3 to 4 drops of dish detergent!
    Works great!

  19. Instructions on build a natrual fruit flies trap

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