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Fruit fly, don't bother me: Get rid of fruit flies naturally (no chemicals)

Smack, "That's the third fruit fly I killed today." DH said

 "Uh, oh, did we leave any fruit out or a peel of some kind?"

 He looked in the office trash can and pulled out a banana peel, "Yup. Just for the record, it wasn't me."

 Anyone who has had fruit flies in the house, knows they are a nuisance and that they multiply very quickly.  Last time my husband's answer was to spray the place but I hate chemicals in the house. I asked him to give me a week before he tried that. I proceeded to plugged up all the sinks 'cause that's where they live when they can't find fruit then I start some research. My first trap was a bowl with apple cider vinegar with plastic wrap on top and holes poked in. By the evening, it caught 4 flies and 3 or 4 were hovering above it.

My husband was impressed. I told him I think a soda bottle will work better. He found one, took off the cap, cut off the top, inverted the top half and put it on the bottom half then poured some apple cider vinegar in it. By the morning this one caught even more. DH started doing some research now and he created a third one with a paper funnel in a jar. This one worked well too however it did not kill the flies as well so he would release them in the backyard.

It's been a little over a week and two days ago was the last fly I saw alive.  It does take a little longer so a little patience is warranted.  For me, avoiding the chemicals is just as important as getting rid of the flies.  And I think my husband enjoyed the challenge.


  1. In my house they just disappear after a while. I don't know how. It's good to know a way to get rid of them when they don't. Thank you!

    1. Yeah, I think they eventually do too here especially if we plug up the drains but my husband obsesses about them. The sooner they go the happier he and consequently I am. Even the natural way takes some patience.

  2. I don't know if it's fruit flies or just plain old gnats. They've been annoying us at home and work. Do you think this would work on both annoying flying things?

    1. Fruit flies LOVE apple cider vinegar, if you leave that out and the flies flock to it then you probably have fruit flies.

  3. Great tip! I am going to have to try this - I am looking to go as chemical free as possible!

    1. It's tough and takes a lot of patience but I like to think worth it in the end.

  4. Fruit flies are such hassle sometimes!! I am with you on the chemical thing....I hate using them, and will avoid it whenever possible. Stopping through from the blog hop over on Melomomma. New follower on G+.

    Sarah @ Living As We

    1. Oh very cool, I'm new to the blog hop - I've been wondering if it was bringing anyone through - I'm lovin' bloggy mom. I'll go visit Living As We and thanks again for stopping by :)

  5. I hate fruit flies. They are so annoying!


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