Skip to main content

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.







Comments

  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!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    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.

      Delete
  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?

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

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

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

      Delete
  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

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    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 :)

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

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

A Procrastination Coach? - maybe later

Nearing the end of the holiday season usually means last minute shopping, baking, and celebrating.  Then, around the corner, is the New Year.  In the back of my mind, my new year's resolutions are forming, like a de-cluttered house, a larger inventory and my very own website.

However, the end of the year should be about reflection as well and what we've accomplished.  I started a regular blog, became a youtube partner as well as being invited to a couple of youtube conglomerates, and in this last month, I opened my etsy shop.  All this from my home office with distractions like the laundry and dishes begging to be cleaned, a dog that barks when I'm on the phone and kids who think I am there to wait on them hand and foot.(And yet, they are always surprised when I don't <shaking head>)

Along my 2013 journey, I virtually met the procrastination coach.  Her blogs were insightful and useful.  I learned about why we procrastinate, how to recognize it and how it can be …

10 Tips for the new school year

A new school year is around the corner.  I've been doing the First day of school for over 10 years.  I thought I'd pass on some tips.

Go to the open houses so you can put faces to names when the kids talk about their teachers.
The Vice Principal in elementary school is usually more useful than the principal (and we've been to three different elementary schools).
If you want to know what's going on in the classroom, ask the teacher if you can sit in on the class.  If you ask nice enough, most teachers welcome it.
The difficult teachers are more likely to listen when I get my husband involved.  This one still makes me roll my eyes, but there it is.  Of course, be sure your husband is on your side.  I had a friend who husband would flip-flop and it backfired.  I suppose that's why teachers want Dads involved.  Lucky for me, my husband and I always agreed.
No matter what the school says, you are the biggest advocate for your child, you have seen them grow and know their his…

A quiet Confidence

When I was young, I liked staying home, reading books, watching T.V., exploring the neighborhood, and creating my own adventures. I have 10 brothers and sisters, most of whom would party, go shopping or just hang out with friends. I can think of three very distinct times in my early life when I was told, I should find some friends. Each time it was painful, probably because each time it came from someone close to me and they were telling me that something wrong with me and that perhaps others saw the same thing. I think this isolated me even more. In truth, I enjoyed being alone. I enjoyed exploring the neighborhood on my bike. I enjoyed getting lost in a book. I practically lived at the library. (Even today when I move to a new place, I first check out the library.) I enjoyed climbing trees, and creating adventures in the woods near the house. As an adult, I see now that I was perfectly fine. I recently watched the TED video - linked below. Some of the things Susan Cain …