fruit fly trap

fruit fly trap

They’re back! It’s that time of year again. Fruit flies – such a pain in the ass! And they multiply very quickly. They can live up to 40 days so it’s really best to get them before they start. They lay their eggs on ripe fruit (and vegetables, like tomatoes) and make it rot faster. 

The easiest and quickest way to get rid of them is with apple cider vinegar. They love it so much that if you leave the cap off the bottle, you just might see one floating inside.

Place the following solution out on your kitchen counter and watch them disappear, especially over night. I put this dish out last night and woke to no fruit flies in my kitchen. 

fruit fly trap

• apple cider vinegar* (they love the fruity aroma and fermentation)
• small dish
• dish soap (helps the flies sink)

Place a few tbsp of apple cider vinegar into a small dish, with a few squirts of dish soap.

I have heard some say to put saran wrap over the top with slits but I don’t find it necessary. Sometimes I’ll find a handful of them sitting at the edge of the cup. Just give a firm blow and they’ll drop down into the liquid; but, in general, they’ll make their way to it eventually, no blowing required. 

* No apple cider vinegar? Red wine works, too. (But I have found ACV works better.)