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August 28, 2013 posted by Lindsay Ferrier

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Every summer, I end up with at least one fruit fly infestation.

It starts out innocently enough — I’ll notice a fruit fly or two buzzing around a bunch of bananas on the kitchen counter. They’re annoying, but harmless. In a few days, though, the fruit flies have multiplied. Give them a week or two, and you end up with an entire fruit fly village in your home, buzzing in your face, dive bombing your end-of-the-day glass of Chardonnay, and generally making life unbearable.

Fortunately, an online friend told me years ago how to get rid of fruit flies, easily, cheaply, safely, and EFFECTIVELY. Here’s the recipe:

First, take a wide mouth jar and fill it 1/2 — 3/4 of the way full with apple cider vinegar. (No other vinegar will work, btw. It has to be apple cider vinegar.)

Add a few drops of dish soap, then fill the rest of the jar with water until the bubbles reach the rim of the jar.

Finally, in the words of my lovely friend…. WATCH THE CARNAGE.

If you leave that jar alone for a few hours, the fruit flies will come. TRUST ME. THEY WILL COME. Check it:

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Sorry, my little winged friends. No one ever said life was fair.

Drawn by the scent of the vinegar, the fruit flies get caught in the bubbles and die. When the bubbles disappear, dump some of it out and fill it with a little more water. Keep changing out your jar periodically until they’re all gone — It’ll generally take between 24 and 48 hours to get rid of all of them.

You’ll probably be amazed by how many fruit flies you had in the house. It’s disgusting and yet strangely satisfying to count how many fill your jar at the end of the day. And it’s a HUGE relief to eat and drink in peace again, without worrying that a fruit fly is going to ruin your meal.

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  • http://www.justmalia.com/ JustMalia

    OMG! I’m dealing with a fruitfly infestation right now. They are drivng me bonkers. I’ve done the “put apple cider vinegar in bowl with a few drops of dish soap (said to break surface tension)” thing and that has *sort of* worked but not the way I had hoped. I’m totally trying this variation! Looking forward to having a fruit fly free home!

    • suburbanturmoil

      My source was very adamant that it needed to be a jar… Try this. It’s never, ever failed for me, but it does take a few hours so don’t expect instant gratification. :)

    • The Mommy

      I’ve done this, too, with mild success but I’m totally making the bubbles happen next time! I hate those tiny little things!

    • lcherry

      Put a piece of banana on a tinfoil tray before bed. Place in oven leaving oven door open a crack. Go to bed. In the morning shut oven door and turn oven onto broil. Bye bye bugs!! Repeat if necessary

      • virginiadavidson

        Banana, cantaloupe,trimmings of fragrant over-ripe fruit–in an empty jar. Put the lid on, poke tiny holes in the lid. Fruit flies can smell the lure through the holes and enter the jar, then have a hard time finding their way out. I do it every fall.

        To re-use the jar [which becomes truly icky after several days!], force dish soap into the holes and then water about half full; shake, to dislodge all the stuff, then open and dump contents down garbage disposal.

        To dispose of jar and make sure fruit flies can’t get out, put tape over the holes before tossing out in the trash.

    • Misty Jones

      I have kids… I found an apple in my cupboard… Found all the little buggers… always search everywhere… there always seems to be something somewhere… I could not wait for the ACV to work… I used my vacuum to suck up the rest… I hate bugs…

    • Crystal Sandridge

      Bread works in the container also but the best thing is watermelon.. I thought in one day I cleared them it was the best feeling not getting attacked once you walk in your kitchen but haha they came back like 2 days later.. Read earlier but the sink drains, im guessing that’s where they came from but anyway… Pour bleach in your sink before bed and the next morning rinse away… Good luck

      • gragor11a

        Bleach kills septic fields.
        Just use the traps. We don’t really need to nuke our neighbourhoods over a few million fruit fly infestation.

    • AMBLEMORN

      Try what I do, which is a variation, wastes less vinegar, and doesn’t fill room with vinegar smell. Grab a small bowl or a cereal bowl or a jar, whatever (they all work), add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (no sense wasting it…a little drop does the trick), cover the bowl with saran wrap TIGHTLY, poke about 10 holes in the top with a toothpick, and enjoy the results. (Leave overnight or a couple of days).

      Tip: place the covered bowls near your actual bowl of fruit. You can also put a small piece of fruit in the dish with the vinegar, but not so that it breaks the top of the liquid’s surface–you don’t want to give them an eatable island). The other important thing (for all such remedies) is to remove any other source of draw–make sure your sink is clean, your garbage isn’t full, whatever. Get as spotless as possible (even if it means putting fruit in fridge for a few days), and voila.

      Works for me every year. No soap required.

      • RoCr

        I’ve found the saran wrap isn’t necessary. It actually slows them down getting into the trap. Flies can normally land on liquids without worrying about drowning due to surface tension, so they will try that with the vinegar. However, the dish soap disrupts the surface tension and instead of landing safely, they slip through and drown. So the saran wrap isn’t needed to hold them in; the vinegar does that just fine.

        • AMBLEMORN

          I understand that, and agree. The problem is, for me at least, is the horrible vinegar smell that fills the kitchen, even with soap added. Hence wrap. I still trap all flies within a day that way, so YMMV. It’s a tolerance thing, I guess.

  • http://amandamagee.com amandamagee

    Brilliant. Any tips on cabinet moths? Desperate. Cleaned all the cabinets. Husband is making fun of me because there aren’t a lot, but I am stressing.

    • suburbanturmoil

      I don’t know- I know there’s contact paper for moths that you can hang in your closet…

    • Tonimiller143

      Check your containers of oatmeal, you might have larvae in there that magically change into the moths. Also check flour and other staples partically if left in original containers. Good Luck! I once had an infestation of tiny larvae in my rice, same color same size until cooked then they got big and that was pretty disgusting because the discovery came after dinner.

      • suburbanturmoil

        EW EW EW EW EW EWWWWW! I am going to be paranoid about my rice from now on!!

        • Tonimiller143

          I’m sorry I had to share that. I keep all of my grains in plastic containers now. I don’t know if it was contaminated before I got it or after. All I can say is that I stopped eating and making rice for a long time after that. I never told my family. Yeah yuck for sure.

          • suburbanturmoil

            Ha ha, it’s a great story! Maybe they got a little extra protein that night… ;)

          • http://amandamagee.com amandamagee

            Ugh, sorry I made it take a turn for the gross. I hadn’t thought of the rice. Ditched it all last night. Fingers crossed. Thanks.

        • rainy

          LOL

    • Heidi

      We refrigerate or freeze any grains or baking stuff. They are grain moths they drive me insane. They get in cereal, rice, flour

    • Anne

      Get the non-toxic “pantry moth traps” at any good chain hardware store (or through Amazon), and that will take care of the moths. We had a horrible infestation, and the traps have worked like a charm. Good Luck.

  • Jan

    I’ve GOT to try this. My first signal that there are fruit flies in the house is when I’m lying in bed reading before going to sleep, and the light on the Kindle or the phone attracts them as the only light on in the house by that time. Even if it’s just one or two… GAH!
    Trying to figure out what I currently have on hand that’s in a wide-mouth jar. Or maybe I need to go buy… something… something I don’t mind emptying out in order to use the jar.

    • suburbanturmoil

      Ooh, I hate when they fly at my Kindle. UGH.

    • Renee

      I use a votive holder filled with the ACV and cover with aluminum foil with holes. Works the same way. :)

  • http://www.callherhappy.com/ Jenna @ Call Her Happy

    I was just complaining about these little buggers yesterday. So doing this. Now, how do you get rid of earwigs? ;)

    • suburbanturmoil

      Earwigs? EARWIGS?! I’ve heard the name before, but I don’t even know what they are!

    • Marie Cash

      A container with a cooking oil and soya sauce poured on top …….won’t get rid of the hateful things but it greatly helps !

  • Michelle

    Oh my gosh…you may have saved what’s left of my sanity! My hubs swears he doesn’t see them, but the little monsters are driving me crazy!

    • Scott

      If they are hallucinations, they’ll be harder to count!

  • MC0913

    I’ve always used an almost empty sweet wine (either red or white) bottle. Works like a charm!

    • suburbanturmoil

      But what a sad waste of wine… ;)

  • Tina

    I use red wine vinegar and it works quite well also. :) After years of genetics where I had to work with the ugly buggers, I’m so happy to see a bunch of them floating dead, its sick how happy it makes me.

    • suburbanturmoil

      Red wine vinegar– That makes sense. :)

    • ggdsly

      I’ve used that too and it works wonders! just put some in an open plastic container, cover it with plastic wrap and put holes in it (big enough for them to get in but not big enough for them to get out – use the tine of a fork) – I change the vinegar every few days.

    • Kathy Reynolds

      I still feel guilty if I smush fruit fly at work – I feel like I trashed someone’s experiment!

      • Pippi

        hahahahahaahha! thanks for that. Now I’m having biology lab flashbacks!

    • Graham J

      What, and get them drunk on my dime before they die? Never!

  • Melissa

    I am so totally doing that. Damn little bugs are driving me crazy!

  • Em Rohrer

    Trying this today!

  • Leah

    I tried this yesterday and it worked great. A few sat on the edge wondering if they should jump in. So I gently blew on them and they fell in. My daughter loved checking to see how many we had caught so far.

  • Mdmupholstery Paull

    Why do these handy little recipes come out at the END of summer? HUH?

    • Jolene Thebigdawg Armstrong

      you will know this for next summer :)

    • JC

      ‘Cause that’s when the fruit flies are at their worst!

      • Miss Tammy

        not in my house..lol

    • Elizabeth Collins

      Exactly what I was thinking!!!

    • Elizabeth Collins

      Exactly what I was thinking!!!

  • Julie B.

    I find the little buggers are quite partial to rum! I put a little in a small glass dish covered in Saran wrap with holes in it. Works like a charm! I call it the graveyard….

    • poet1369

      Waste of good alcohol

      • Melanie Beaulieu

        LOL!

      • Stu

        Alcohol abuse.

        • Gaylene McEwen

          love it! :)

    • cupcake1227

      I use concord grape wine. The glass sits there for a few days and ends up with hundreds of them in it. Not sure if they drown or drink themselves to death.. lol. We live near several produce farms, so those little buggars are everywhere.

      • Muffin46

        Before the silence, if you listen carefully, you may hear a couple of hundred tiny voices raised in song.

    • Salina

      You can use anything with this method, a banana peel, a raspberry… as long as you eliminate all other sources…

    • Bill

      Then I Drink the Rum

    • Daniel Castillo

      Those are the fearsome Pirate Fruit Flies, they only go for rum and booty

    • Trishabeth

      I do the same thing except I use beer and it works amazing!

    • Linda

      Alcoholic bastards, dying in their own poison. At least you are giving them their last good death, drunk and drowned. Painless and happy death. :-P

  • Teresa

    I tried this last night and it totally worked! I was amazed at how many fruit flies I had – thought it was only a few. Got up this morning and renewed the suds so I can’t wait to see how many I caught today. Hopefully soon I’ll be fruit fly free!!!

    • beachlover

      say fruit fly free ten times fast. lol.

  • JANET BROWN

    I am so glad that I am not the only one bothered by these bugs. Ive been keeping a bottle of windex with me and when I see one on the counter or cabinet I spray it and then I can get rid of it with paper towel. I hate those things

  • Marilyn Jaimes-Butterworth

    Actually I use a cup of pickle juice and it did the same thing!

  • Carly Michelle

    https://naturalsolutionsbook.com/?uid=B9D490B15574E9BC13A025B1F3635431 This book has been a God-Send & this recipe is in it!

  • stacey

    Going to try this. I live in the fruit fly capital of canada. Never in my 40 years have i seen so manyfruit flies. Hope it really works

  • marg

    I have used regular vinegar. In a small dish pour some vinegar and a couple of drops of dish detergent, then cover with saran rape, put some holes in it with a fork. This is sure to get rid of the little buggers as well.

    • Sunshine

      Saran rape had me laughing. Maybe I’ve seen too much bondage.

    • Robyn Mary Murphy

      Saran rape? I am keeling over from laughter. You should make a youtube video for that!

      • Gaylene McEwen

        lmao too!!!! :)

  • Colleen Campbell

    Make sure to wash all your fruit and vegetables as soon as you bring them home. The fruit fly eggs are on the skins of the fruit and vegetables and hatch in your home. Also, keep the plug in your sink drains – they come from in the still water in the drain too :-(

    • Misty Jones

      ohhh gross.. I didn’t know that… :(

      • Gaylene McEwen

        I wash all my fruit and veggies that don’t go in the fridge and the flies still come…I try and make sure all the counters are wiped and the floor is clean but they seem to come out of nowhere. Trying the acv trick now and I have trapped almost 20 in under 5 minutes…..this is somewhat sick the joy I get out of catching the buggers!!!!

        • Sherry Forbes Findlay

          Do you use vinegar in the water when you wash your produce, Gaylene? The most amazing thing that I’ve learned lately is to fill the clean sink half full of warm water, add about a cup of vinegar, and let your fruit and vegetables soak it. You’ll actually see the scum and dirt coming off them, and you will certainly be killing the fruit flies!

    • Judith Henderson

      I knew that from our basement kitchen sink~ which isn’t used very often….we had enough of those flies in the drain for a whole city!! GROSS….

      • Ingrid

        Those flies that look like fruit flies are often not. I had an invasion of them in a condo I moved to and after trying everything, found out upon talking to management …. cant quite remember what they told me but solution was to pour a cup of bleach down the sink. I think they came from crap in the water system or garburator. I now regularly use bleach in my sink to kill any bacteria and get no flies.

        • gragor11a

          Urbanites living or visiting in a rural situation w/ a septic system. Do not pour bleach down your drains or Draino or any other harsh chemicals unless you want to go through the hassle of having to restart a dead system.

    • Tim St.Arneault

      gotta stay on top of those dishes! ;)

    • iam_Nunya

      Don’t have to put the sink plugs in – just pour a glug of bleach down the drain – gets rid of them in an instant.

      • gragor11a

        Urbanites – Do not pour bleach down your drains or Draino or any other harsh chemicals unless you want to go through the hassle of having to restart a dead septic system.

  • sherryC

    I bought a jar of lemon scent nail polish remover had it up on a shelf for a while then went to use it and it was COVERED with fruit flies, very disgusting, but then I thought well if they like it so much they can have it so I put plastic wrap and pinned some holes and put on the counter and it was infested with the darn things in less then half hr, was very gross how many we had in the house but it worked and that is all I buy for the summer now is $store nail polish remover 1 for them and 1 for me lol we’re all happy till I through them out !!

  • rainy

    Totally doing this tonight… one for home and one for work…

  • Eadesy Beadsy

    “Watch the carnage..” LOL I’ve been using it all summer. Lavender oil works also. I have mine in a small spray bottle with a little bit of water. :-)

  • Marla

    It says no other vinegar will work….bull crap! I use regular white vinegar & it still works! It does NOT have to be apple cider vinegar!

    • suburbanturmoil

      I’ve tried other vinegars too and they weren’t nearly as effective. :)

  • Ashley Lambert-Wise

    In an effort to may you even more famous, my friend, I’m sharing this on Battling BARE–because seriously, fruit-flies can trigger a PTSD episode…I’ve watched it in my husband all summer long.

  • Ann

    This trick has not worked for me. I catch about 4 or so, but overall not effective in my home.

    • suburbanturmoil

      Give it some time- Also, stay away from the jar as much as you can. It typically takes a day or two to get them all. :)

    • gragor11a

      Try lemons – my fruit flys are addicted to lemons. And beer. Try beer – my fruit flys are addicted to my beer.

  • albertabound

    Do the aphids also get caught? I have both :(

  • Carla

    What’s all this panic about fruit flies? They have done so much for us in medical experiments. And at least when there are fruit flies there is fruit around! And that is good, isn’t it?

    • Kate

      I was wondering the same thing, Carla. They’re pesky, but not dirty or disease spreading. You’re right, they’re the sign we’re blessed with fruit. I don’t mind making a trap for them when they get overwhelming though. They only live about 24 hours. Might as well shorten that a bit and keep them from laying eggs and filling my kitchen with their offspring.

      • Bella

        They are a pain in the arse when you have a touch screen computer, I can tell you that much for sure. I put the solution next to my parrots cage to trap them by the fruit/veggie bowl

  • Emali Takapu Maka

    LOL–it’s always after the fact….hahaha. Definitely trying this though :)

  • Tina-Marie Coetzee

    does anyone have a remedy for your average everyday house flies? during the summer we have a terrible time trying to cook with these horrid creatures flying around. i hate flies, and these buggers look like minibuses! PLEASE HELP!

    • Jane

      I’ve seen on Pinterest about the zip-lock bag with water and pennies.

      • Tina-Marie Coetzee

        Tanx for the help Jane, I’m in South Africa so we don’t use pennies, tell me are they bronze/copper or silver?

        • sarah

          copper based

        • Jennifer Braun

          copper

          • purwaky cats

            I hate to tell you this but the fruit flies also enjoy cat litter boxes. My cat will sit and watch them and they get all flustered when i clean the box. Now that is annoying knowing that they enjoy traipsing through the litter box before they dive bomb you or your food/drink. And those mealy bugs drive me nuts too. I have resorted to keeping everything in the refrigerator that I can now. How do you get rid of these?

      • Dana

        I tried that at the lake this summer, it did NOT work, in fact I think it attracted more!

      • Jenni Stevens

        I tried that, but I think I angered them, and seemed to have many many more! lol

    • Liz

      http://stephanieblue.com/how-to-keep-flies-out-of-your-house/ – apparently, these bags scare the houseflies into thinking there are predatory insects guarding your door. I haven’t tried it, but I hope it helps you!

    • Violet Sunderland

      I heard about an old maid who hated flies, too…………… until she unzipped one. lol

    • Kathy Karns

      I actually have a bee trap (very small yellow plastic funnel placed into the dide of a 2liter soda bottle) that I set up out on my back porch. I usually change the soda bottle out once every 2 weeks. We had gone camping in July so I didnt get a chance to change out the bottle and it fermented. You would NOT believe all the variety of flies and other bugs that attracted!! The solution was 1 cup of suger, ½ cup of apple flavored Juicey Juice, and 1 – 1½ cups of water.. Beware tho.. Yes it will work great but it STINKS so bad once it ferments lol

  • Sandra

    I’ve tried concepts like this in the past. They definitely do attract the fruit flies BUT what happens is that as long as you have a contraption like this you’ll never get them to stop coming because they are attracted to the smell and more and more come. So I stopped using them. I found that if I just ensure that all fruits & veggies are either refrigerated or completely covered up, you ensure that all peels are not left in your garbage, sink, etc. and that you rinse all cans, bottles, etc. with water, they will stay away from your house completely.

    • Sandra

      PS, every time I toss something in the garbage I follow it by a shot of Raid.

      • Ronda

        I want to kill the fruit flies, I don’t want a pesticide fuming in my house!

      • gragor11a

        And your kids all have allergies and asthma, right?

    • suburbanturmoil

      I personally haven’t found that to be the case. The only time I get new fruit flies is when I bring in produce from the grocery with fruit fly eggs on it. I had a MAJOR fruit fly problem last week, used the ACV mixture for a few days, and haven’t seen any fruit flies whatsoever over the last week or so.

  • jed knight

    I have always used brandy rather than apple cider vinegar.

  • Brian

    Balsamic vinegar works just fine. i may have more refined flies

    • gragor11a

      Anything they are attracted to in your house is fine just so long as they can’t get out again.

  • Gadget

    I use a little shot glass, buy the cheapest bottle of sherry $5 that lasts me for 3 years. Put an inch of sherry in the shot glass, cover with cling wrap, and poke a few tiny holes in the top. They fight each other to get in…but there are always more tomorrow…. everyone knows they are drawn to alcohol..

  • Yvan Dubois

    I have another recommendation. Use a small brandy glass, put a small amount of brandy or cognac in the glass. then cover with plastic wrap. With a fork…make a few holes and soon you will see how this thing works miracle.

  • fruitflykiller

    I like to leave a banana peel in the oven, leave the door open a little bit so they can get in. After a few hours I slam the door shut and roast the little bastards.

    • Candace

      LOL ~I think they have made you a tad psychotic.

      • erniebuck

        lmao

      • Sandy Depew

        lmao

      • http://www.YourOrganicLife.com Danika @ Your Organic Life

        OMG, I think I am actually laughing out loud on that one!

        • duh

          You can use lol

    • amy lauderdale

      I think I like your idea !!! lol

    • Femmegrrrl

      Welcome the Hitler of fruit flies. Are you invading fruitlandia next? ;)

    • kathy

      Hahahaha …. Great idea!!! Wonder what else you could lure in there. Do you use your oven much????

    • Nattty

      This made me laugh so hard…

    • Mike

      Yes! My stomach is hurting from all this laughing… My neighbors must think I smoked some good stuff

    • GlambertTina

      I torched a spider yesterday with a barbecue lighter lol! it was the first thing I saw and I didn’t want to get to close

      • Elly Nafus

        Oh Oh your timeline is going get shortened. Didn’t you know that the spiders are the keepers of your life threads. LOL

        • gragor11a

          Leave the spiders alone unless they are over your bed. They eat a lot of fruit flies. That’s why the spiders and the fruit flies lifecycles climax at the same time.

      • Janni

        I popped something in the toaster yesterday – zap – sizzle and smell of burning flesh – not long – it must have been a small spider… Heard it was their mating season..

        • dani

          I’d throw away the toaster

          • Janni

            Oooooh Yaaaaa!!! Yuck

        • Amanda Howard

          My ex-husband once caught a mouse in the toaster and tried to cook him to death. The mouse escaped, and was running around the house leaving blood trails from the singe marks on his belly. I made him buy me a new toaster. He handed it to me and said “here, I found this next to the mouse traps”

          • Stephenie

            I’d find a new husband, that it an terrible thing to do! Don’t you think torturing something by cooking it alive is a sign of a pretty disgusting human being?

          • Janni

            Awwww Poor Mouse – Tortured :(

        • Earthy Mom

          Trade ya one toasted mouse for one grilled possum :)

      • Maureen

        I have been known to suck the spiders I find on the bedroom walls or ceilings with a vacuum, yank the vacuum cleaner bag out, douse it in lighter fluid and set it ablaze in the driveway. They scare me so much I have to make sure they’re dead. The ones I find outside and in other rooms of the house I just scream and run away from them. I know they’re important in pest control, but I’m a big scardey cat and just can’t handle them in skittering along on the ceiling. Has anybody seen the Mentos spider commercial on You Tub? That’s the way I see spiders.

        • Kathy

          Does the apple cider vinegar mixture work on grass fleas , sand fleas etc ??

          • Monique

            For fleas I have found a shallow dish of water with dish soap on the floor with a lamp on the floor, shining into it (I use a stainless steel pan). THe fleas are attracted to the heat from the lightbulb, jump towards it and land in the water. The soap kills them. VERY effective. Fleas love me, they think I am absolutely delicious so I have to kill ‘em all!

          • Wanda Jackson

            would this work for food weevels,food bugs?

          • rikki

            research food grade diatomaceous earth for fleas and weevels

          • bsroon

            you need less sugar and more B-vitamins. Take a good B-vit and the skeeters will also eat the people around you instead of you.
            Don’t take diet sweeteners. Splenda is an organochloride. That means basically a pesticide and has been known to kill people by destroying their entire digestive tract. In Canada where it is allowed to sweeten cereal.
            Aspartame forms formaldehyde and methyl alcohol IN YOUR BRAIN as the aspartic acid breaks down, and they are both neurotoxic.

            All artificial sweeteners after 2 yrs destroy the part of the brain that regulates metabolism enough to have caused you a net weight gain over if you had sugar.
            And YES, they are known to increase your risk of diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

          • John Born

            BS. The presence of chlorine in an organic compound does not ensure toxicity. If it did, we couldn’t eat peas. A 180 pound man could eat 36 packets of Splenda a day and still be under 1% of the lowest dose shown in rigorous studies to have any toxicological effect. It’s the chlorine substitution for carbohydrate in the sugar molecule that makes sucralose sweeter and at the same time far less reactive and inert to your body’s metawbolic environment. Please stop scaring people with your ill-informed nonsense.

          • bsroon

            Can’t get my Disqus sites to load again. What’s up with that? Last time it was weeks on Naturalnews.com Now here on a blogsite.

          • Angie

            Where did you get your information? not being sarcastic I’d really like to know. Thanks

          • John Born

            Hi, Angie. The FDA has information about the testing that was done (and continues to be done) on sucralose. The Wikipedia entry on sucralose provides links to these findings. Also, you can look up organochlorides to find that they are present in many substances in forms that are benign, metabolically speaking, like in peas and broad beans.

            There’s an odd phenomenon in some folks’ thinking where they are suspicious of substances that interact energetically with the environment (which is logical, because that means they are having an effect on the environment), but also decry other substances because they are “indestructable” or “robo”, like plastic and sucralose.

            If you burn plastic, it becomes volatile again, so that should be avoided, but in its normal inert form, plastic allows us to replace paper (leaches chemicals when breaking down) and glass (energy intensive and potentially hazardous) and metal (energy intensive and dangerous to mine). I just don’t understand why we aren’t celebrating the use of such an advanced and positive material, versus being scared of every thing in the world that doesn’t have a root system or teeth.

            The same with sucralose, which has allowed me to replace the equivalent of hundreds of pounds of simple carbos (which would likely become bodily fat) over the last few years. And yeah, I could have just given up sweet foods, but why let unreasoned fear cheat you out of some enjoyment in life?

          • http://www.facebook.com/petrasgranddtr Tammy Thompson

            Angie, he is wrong. She is right. Both sweetners, Splenda and Equal are both neurotoxins. Very damaging to your main organs and causes osteoporosis

          • John Born

            No there hasn’t, what bollocks. If there had been a “huge increase in major illnesses”, then our life expectancy would be going down. It is not. We are living longer and healthier lives than ever. Any increase in certain illnesses are due to the very fact that people are living longer. Let’s say that cancer tends to get you in your 50′s and heart disease tends to get you in your 70′s. Then let’s suppose that we make progress against cancer. That means more people live into their 70′s, so more people die from heart disease than before, but only because they DIDN’T die earlier from cancer. See, statistics may be difficult and counterintuitive sometimes, but that doesn’t excuse you from either making a good faith effort to understand them or staying silent about subjects you don’t want to bother learning about.

          • Desiree

            My friends neurosurgeon told her to stay off the diet cokes as the artificial sweeteners are a TOXIN that affect the brain and the nervous system. It doesnt take a brain surgeon to know that chemicals arent good for you. BSROON is right and you are the one that is spreading bad information. The crap makes me sick seconds after hitting my tongue so I never had the chance to consume much of it and do not allow it in my house.

          • John Born

            Undocumented appeals to authority do not an argument make. My second cousin’s podiatrist’s Nobel Laureate physicist son told him that Splenda will regrow missing limbs, but I wouldn’t grab the hatchet without some actual data.

          • Desiree

            And yet, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know that eating chemicals cant be good for you. If you don’t trust a brain surgeon telling you not to eat them, THEN EAT THEM. By all means, eat them and enjoy them.

          • John Born

            For the love of God and science, Desiree, stop. Can you really be unaware that all vitamins are chemicals, and that life-saving drugs are chemicals, and that even your organic vegan tofutti cheesecake, when broken down into its component parts, is composed of–gasp–nothing but chemicals? Your fundamental misunderstanding of the world you live in has you entirely turned around. True, some chemicals can harm you. If so, does it not make sense to learn to isolate, understand, and predict them? Yes? Well then, welcome to biochemistry! When you take an aspirin, you are enjoying the fruits of the biochemist’s labor in separating out the good chemicals from the bad. Sure, you can just chew willow bark like the Native Americans did, but why deal with the discolored teeth and gastric distress that comes from having to ingest all the harmful chemicals that come with the analgesic? Children have been saved from dying, starving people have been fed, resources have been conserved and preserved, all from the efforts of chemical scientists and their innovations. I’m sorry, but Ignorance is no excuse for spouting nonsense like “chemicals are bad for you”, nor is propping up the doofus notion of some unspoiled and benign Mother Gaia excuse for essentially advocating a standard of living that sentences children to death and the poor to starvation and disease. Sit in a yurt and fester if you want, but don’t begrudge others’ efforts to make positive differences in the real world.

          • John Born

            And I can only hope that no brain surgeon (or anyone else with a job that impacted people’s health) would make the staggeringly stupid statement that “chemicals aren’t good for you.” Desiree, I’m sure you’re a nice person, certainly nicer than I am, but if you don’t even understand that the entire organic world is composed of chemicals, you shouldn’t be posting anything that purports to contain scientific information, because you clearly have no capacity to interpret it correctly. It’s irresponsible. Sharing your personal experiences is fine, and can be helpful for many people. Stick with that.

          • Dawn Tague

            I have tried this but it didnt seem to work. I have 2 dogs ones a Pom with TONS of hair so the fleas are all over him. We live in the country with alot of trees, sand, etc… and we spray our yard as well so we are lost as to what to do to get rid of them! any ideas? also we found out using the blue DAWN dishsoap is the best killer for fleas. it really works… jus incase you didnt know I thought Id share.

          • rikki

            research food grade diatomaceous earth

          • liz953

            First, shave your Pom and use a flea comb on him EVERY DAY. Keep a cup of water with a few drops of dish soap neaby and rinse your comb in it to remove the fleas. Spraying your yard is useless. Treat your house, especially carpets and throw rugs (take rugs outside and beat them with a broom then wash in hot water).

            Every time your dog comes in, get the comb and drag out the fleas.

            I had 2 golden retrievers and a chow-chow and a house that was totally infested. You must be relentless for at least a month…which covers 2 generations of fleas.

          • Tracey Burrows

            If the fleas are in your house, use a powdered garden poison called Seven Dust (not sure of the spelling with the seven part) but I’ve had them really bad twice and I put the dust in a coffee can with holes punched in it and then dust the carpets and the dog (use in moderation on the dog but judge by their system) Leave on the carpet for 24 hours and then vacuum and repeat in a few days…toss the vacuum bag after each use getting fleas because you also get their eggs which will still hatch… At least it’s not like a flea bomb where you have to put out all pilot lights where gas is concerned and leave home for hours and it does work…..

          • SahraW

            Get a pill called comfortis from your vet. The dog eats it so you don’t have to worry if you applied it right or anything and it starts to kill existing fleas in 30minutes and then repels fleas for 30 days so you just have to give them one pill a month.

        • linda

          I suggest you watch the movie ” Arachnophobia”. Really it’s good. :P

          • GlambertTina

            Oh Hell No!!!! Lol

          • lil mac

            I did watch it! I saw spiders that weren’t there for three days. I like spiders….right under my foot. :)

          • Dawn Tague

            BEST place for them so I agree! I dont care if they are suppose to “help” with pesty flies etc! We have these HUGE hairy wolf spider that look like mini tarantulas they are the size of quarters or larger at times, crab spiders the body size is about the size of a half dollar coin and the most recent one we unfortunately came across was a fishing spider. He saw that one and came in house screaming OMGTAGUEOMG! I laughed and said ok honey wheres the spider? I knew just from his dancing and jumping around that it was a spider, lol.. then he says like its all in one word; HUGEMFINGSPIDER!WATCHOUTITSGONNAJUMPONYOU!ANDITHASAMILLIONBABIESITISGOINGTOPROTECTSOBECAREFULSOTHATMOMMASPIDERDONTJUMPONYOUITHASHUGEFANGSANDWILLBITEYOU… and he was right. It WAS HUGE! Its legs extended OVER well over the top of coke can. the body about the size of a quarter and the dark cloud close by it on our house? was what looked like a million babies. needless to say that spider wasnt allowed to live. babies either. but both of us were scared to go near it because we saw those fangs and had no idea what kind of spider it was so it got OFFED by a broom.

          • Marti Bowker

            Where do you live? just want to know so I never go there! I’m not really scared of spiders and actually like the little jumping spiders but this is crazy HUGE!

          • Dawn Tague

            LOL!!! In the country outside of Detroit! Until I moved here I NEVER saw these crazy spiders. Im not scared of them at all….UNLESS I MUST CONFESS… if I dont know its there and it drops onto me or runs across me or my body IN ANY way. THEN Im jumpy and squealing like a little girl. And my man LOVES when it happens to me cuz I kinda tease him for being “afraid” of spiders… Otherwise they dont bother me at all which is lucky since I keep coming across monsters… I wish I knew where the picture was Id send it to you to see… or figure out a way to post it here!!!

          • evangeline phillips

            When my children were young teenagers, they chased flys and spiders with rolled up newspapers. Of course it always ended up with them hitting each other and getting the rolled up newspapers snatched from their hands by any handy adult. Occasionally they had pretend sword fights with the rolled up paper used as swords. They all had thier bottoms hit with the confiscated paper rolls. My family had a wierd sense of humour which they have all grown out of.

          • Marlene

            When I run across a spider I instantly turn into a kung foo fighter.

          • arachnophobic-nerd

            this is when i grab a .22 cal. rifle or a 10 pound sledge hammer. either way there is a boom and a lot of guts. but no to deal with the hole in the floor… hmm… and remember if it isn’t overkill it isn’t dead.

        • GlambertTina

          Sounds like me lol

        • Charylan

          I will suck up a spider then suck up a penny so it hits the spider in the head and kills it. Besides nothing can live in a vacuum its science!

          • mia

            bhahahahahahahahahaha

        • Dawn Tague

          Spiders dont scare me…unless they come outta nowhere and “jump out” at me. My SO on the other hand…is freaked out by them hates even seeing them, lol. So I am the spiderkiller, lol. I have some pretty funny stories that I am blogging about where spiders are concerned… I was crying while writing them from remembering the day he saw them.

        • arachnophobia-nerd

          o god i hate spiders too… so what i do is I a got a low power (100-300) full auto BB gun Uzi for like $40. every time i see one of them F%*#-ers I light em up with about 10 or so rounds. havent have had a problem since.

      • nancie

        If you really want to see grossness and carnage, get one of those new — I don’t know what it’s called, but it looks like a tennis racket, except the strings are actually electrified wires. I just wave it around and watch the sparks fly!

        • Dawn Tague

          Does that REALLY work? We saw it at the hardware but no one had tried it that worked there nor any of the customers that were close by. I laughed when I saw it because ALL I could think of was playing “tennis” with the bugs bouncing them across a net or something…

          • Earthy Mom

            Oh yes those electric fly swatters work very well ( we have 4 of them)…they are just a bit heavy. But we use them outside during bee season, otherwise we all look like a sad case of mumps have hit us, between bees and skeeters.

          • Dawn Tague

            cool thank you. I really want to get one now. We have HUGE bees and hornets and wasps. I found out that they somehow got into the cracks that are by our windows where we sit on our deck! My son is highly allergic and actually has to carry an epi pen WITH him just to sit on our deck/porch when he and his wife visit! So thanks. He would ENJOY using it to get those suckers as he says.

          • liz953

            DOn’t put up with wasps and hornets. Get a caulking gun and some silicon caulk, and seal up your windows and doors. It will also cut down on heating/AC costs.

          • Tracey Burrows

            I’ve found too that once you get the wasps nest down and smashed to crap, spray anywhere around their “past” spot with MEAN GREEN…I found this by accident but it was the only thing that I could stream with and it stops them from coming back to try to rebuild. Only problem I’ve found is it may hurt your plants if you spray over them….but otherwise once the area is wet down good, they don’t come back

          • alaskan-hornet-hater

            go to a local hardware or gardening store and look for hornet / wasp killer it is about $3-5 a can. it will kill all those angry bastards from up to 20ft away ( depending on the brand)

          • Nancy Oden

            Those “bees” are likely wasps – yellow jackets, probably – because honey bees won’t sting you unless you either step on them or go into their hive….

          • julc

            YES they work (not as well as the traps) but if you are to the point that you detest the thought of them, carry one around with you and (not unlike old folks with a fly swatter on the front porch swing), you can get some satisfaction hearing those nasty things pop and die!!! They are mostly good for your own personal satisfaction of killing those things tho. Additionally, take empty wine bottle, fill halfway with a mix of whatever is around (pickle juice, powerade, whatever wine is left in the bottom, bits of cucumber, watermelon, green onion, and of course the dish detergent to make the sides too slick for any escapees! I made 3 and they are full after 2 days and gnats are GONE!

        • Dawn Tague

          Do those really work? I saw one at the hardware but no employee nor any of the customers near by had ever used one… All I could picture was batting those buggers (we have bugs, flies, bees, hornets, etc) across a net like playing tennis! LOL…

          • Sarah

            Yes, they do work, we have two of them. It is a lot easier to hit the bigger bugs, such as flies, bees, hornets, spiders, and stuff like that. I haven’t really tried it on fruit flies, cause they are so small, but I tried it on church flies and it works just fine. And, it’s fun to use them too >=-D lol

          • guru

            What’s a church fly?

          • Elisabeth Cain

            don’t kill bees

          • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad Puckett

            Yes they work. They aren’t called the “Tennis Racket of Doom” for nothing!

          • ChuckK

            Yes they work, but after awhile only the fast ones are left. It makes a satisfying Crack.

          • guest

            sure they work. Really fun to drive up the road and hold it out the window. zap zap zap!

          • Dawn Tague

            I just saw this and laughed! I can actually picture seeing my kids trying this out!!!

        • victoria

          don’t try it on yourself, that happened to me by accident, I hurt my hand and up my arm…hurt for a couple of hours!!! Everybody else thought it was funny though!

          • Melanie

            I did it to myself Victoria, because it didn’t seem to work at first. I swear I felt it in my brain! It really hurts! I would just warn people about the smell of the burnt up flies….it is pretty gross. :P

        • Sarah

          My family just calls it the hand held bug zapper. lol

        • Desiree

          I found a couple of those on clearance and thought about buying one of them. Then I thought of what my teenage twin sons might do with it when I wasnt looking and left it lol.

        • mabel

          I have one! Works well on flies & mozzies if you can catch the crafty buggers!!

      • http://www.myspace.com/krantzstone Krantzstone

        I usually let spiders live, because they keep the other pests under control. But sometimes they get in my food or something and they have to go.

        /sorry, Charlotte!

      • Dawn Tague

        I need to buy my SO a BBQ lighter to do this too! Do they come in EXTRA SUPER DUPER LENGTH? Because he HATES spiders so much that he WONT go near them. I am the spider killer in the family.

      • Nancy Oden

        Spiders will eat fruit flies when they get caught in the spider’s web. My mom always said: “If you want to live and thrive, let the spiders run alive.” And so I do…….one is watching me right now from the ceiling. So glad they aren’t ten times their size or they’d be after us!

      • Linda

        we put the bug sapper over the vinegar and tape it in the on position and then the fruit flies are doing the fry dance!

    • Wendy Dutcher

      do it in the microwave…its a lot quicker…

      • Ashleigh

        Flies have like no moisture in there body.. So microwaving them does not work.. I have tried..

        • scott

          if you bait the flies with a quart and some bad fruit, on the countertop then you put a glass saucer on top to trap the flies. carefully put the quart into the micro for 1 minutes time, the fruit will steam and the steam will kill the flies. I have been doing this all week and my flies are much reduced.

          • Vicki

            You can freeze them too. Put a bit of banana in an empty Snapple bottle, make a funnel by rolling a piece of paper into a cone and sticking the small end into the bottle. They get in, can’t find their way out, and then you just put it into the freezer for 12 hours. I had two bottles that I rotated.

          • sarah

            I have done this as well with lots of success!

        • Reinerchic

          I microwaved mine for 30 seconds and opened it and they were still alive, had to do 2 minutes hahaha

          • fan of fruitflykiller

            holey schmoley! good to know you run a test kitchen Reinerchic!

      • Desiree

        When I was a kid I set the microwave on fire trying to kill a bug. The bug survived lol.

      • ~Annie~

        I tried microwaving ants once… never even phased them! They were just walkin’ around & around in there! ;)

    • Jenna Boyd

      Oh man, I laughed out loud, so hard!

    • unclesamhain

      You got to start somewhere.

    • JB

      As they say — time flies like an eagle, fruit flies like a banana

    • Felix

      Hahahaha….where’s the like button?

      • Linda D. Vetters

        Yeah!! Wish there were a “LIKE” button… looks of funny stuff… LMAO!! :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/petrasgranddtr Tammy Thompson

        The up button is the like button. I always take people literally, so if you were joking, sorry

    • Grace Ray Gelinas

      LOLLOL

    • Christine Denissoff Schoch

      gross

    • disqus_IK4JLhzYdo

      I love it! Think Ill try it!

    • Chef

      I wouldn’t want to eat anything from your oven

    • Dianne Ritter

      OMG you are too funny!! Have a serious problem currently due to harvest time. Going to give your solution a try as it sounds like more fun than the ACV and soap.

      • apple4teacher

        I swear by a cup of warm water, a bit of yeast and a bit of sugar. I stir it up then cover it with plastic wrap and secure it with an elastic band. I just poke some random holes in the top and viola! The little suckers crawl in but can’t get out. I’ve cleared up and prevented many fruit fly infestations this way. The yeast should foam up a bit, if not your water may be too cold, or your yeast too old.

    • Vitalia Daza

      HAHAHAHAHA

    • Hannah

      hahaha this just made my day.

    • Julie Major

      omg i needed that laugh thank you so much still giggling hahah

    • Anita Foster Smith

      That is the funniest thing I’ve read in a while. Thanks I needed that laugh.

    • Jackie

      you gave me a very good laugh for the day, THANK YOU !! :)

    • Alexis

      hahaha thats awesome!

    • nancie

      hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t stop laughing!

    • http://www.socialnerdia.com/ Esteban Contreras

      Brilliant

    • Percy Dercy

      You gave me a good laugh lol

    • LuCha

      That is a scream!

    • Donna Maucelli Marshall

      So you have dead insects in the bottom of your oven? LOL

    • Double Nickle

      Do they go good with anchovies?

    • Rebecca Reece

      Your way just made my night.. I read this ten full minutes ago, but couldn’t see to type because I’m laughing so hard!!! That sounds like the PERFECT vindication!! *snickering… ~RR

    • Kymmberlie Starr

      lol

    • April Prissel

      Thats AWESOME!!!!

    • Alina

      Hahaha.. So funny! Little bastards :)

    • Shakeema Simmons

      LMBO!!! It’s ok they’re gone now breath lol

    • Crazed..

      Is it wrong I wanna try that?

    • Dawn Tague

      LOL!!! I can just picture this in my head right now and I actually Laughed Out Loud.

    • http://www.shannonhutcheson.ca/ Shannon

      lol payback! not so sure I like the idea of fruit fly flavored (omg say that real fast 3x) baked potatoes though.

    • Dalton Mazipov

      I like to stick em down in a well in my basement while I lower a basket of lotion down. Then I tuck it back and listen to Goodbye Horses.

      :p

    • Garrison Cohen

      Yummm, nothing like baking your meatloaf inside an insect crematorium.

    • heating up the oven

      GENIUS!!!

    • Keri

      lol…that’s hilarious!!!

    • Gail Sanderson

      I like this one I hate them worse than a fly

    • CMadd

      Made me laugh!!!

    • Muneca622

      OK fruitfly killer. You are toooooo funny!!! lol

    • Amish Al

      I tried that too but I got tired of them banging on the oven door to get out,,

    • Katy

      LOL!!

    • mencar

      This is funnyyy!! I can’t stop laughing!!

    • Kat Smith

      THAT is the best i have heard yet…lmao

    • fan of fruitflykiller

      that made me LOL!

    • http://www.LifewithGreatFriends.com/ Doug Terpening

      Way funny. I can relate to your anger towards the “little bastards.”

    • Bluthar

      a woman or man after my own heart!!!! i must try that

    • BobbyShelton

      Their name is Fruit Fly Killer! BAHAHAHAHA!

    • allelectric50

      Seriously ….I am still laughing…..and at the comment…..that you might be a bit psychotic. I Love it LOL

    • guest

      You could also do that with the microwave…..and watch.

    • Susan Wilson

      LMAO that is hilarious !!!! they are so annoying!

    • Barbara Matthews

      You cremate them! Yikes! Well, if it works…

    • Judy Strachila

      OMG That is funny! HAHAHAHA

    • Amazed

      OMG, just tooooo hilarious!!

    • Angel of Death

      Microwave is quicker…

    • Fed up in Tennessee

      I tried the apple cider with dawn dish soap didn’t catch one. When I have a glass of wine they are all in it, so I left a glass of wine of wine out, didn’t catch one, mine are getting too smart. I LOVE LOVE this idea of roasting the nasty varmints! I will SO enjoy every minute of it!

    • Mary Lou Flood

      LOL…good one!

    • Marlene

      I laughed so hard at this! out loud belly laugh, if anyone was hear they’d think I’d gone around the ben! Funny!

    • that-guy-with-a-windowless-van

      i like your style… does the same thing work with children (just kidding)

    • Tom R

      I love it,but theres some ahole out there that will report u to the SPCFF( Society for the Prevention of Cruelity to Fruit Flies)

      • Dawn Tague

        LOL… how funny!!! In this age I wouldnt DOUBT that there really IS a society for this!
        But Im with our version of P.E.T.A. anyway so I wouldnt care if there was a society (oh P.E.T.A. our version here in our home means= PEOLE EAT TASTY ANIMALS.) LOL hope there I didnt offend anyone btw…

    • Bob Bruman

      YOU’RE VERY SICK…and I think that’s what I like about you best.

    • Amanda

      That sounds awesome lol

    • zelcat

      and i thought i was being creative by sucking them up in the vacuum

    • Mrsjd Sanchez

      LMAO I love this I guess you just had enough lol

    • Rae

      OMG. I’m laughing so hard at your comment. Little bastards…

    • Robyn

      HA HA HA! Thank you! What a great laugh!

    • Topher Harris

      LMAO!!!!

    • Ron

      That’s a good one!

    • Kim

      LOL

  • Tracy Wisneski

    lol! No telling when the viral comes! This is very helpful, though, so about to share it! ;)

  • Tracy Wisneski

    Hmmmm…hit share and your SEO is looking messy- really bad, in fact. There is no title, image or teaser. Hit me up on FB and I’ll be happy to let you know how to fix, unless maybe it’s a glitch, in which case. you need to contact your server. Tried it using a cut and paste of the url and it came up with all the items that were missing when I hit share. Maybe open up a ticket? Check it out.

    • suburbanturmoil

      I think that’s a Facebook glitch, Tracy. Facebook does that to me sometimes with lots of different links. I hit the share button just now and it came up fine, so hopefully it just happens occasionally.

      • Tracy Wisneski

        I’d check with my server to be sure that the issue isn’t on their side. Still, with the copy and paste, I could tell that you did set up the SEO. I was letting you know just in case. Glad that it came up when you tried. When I saw the one that came up lacking, I deleted and went in manually. I’ve already had a few hits on it. Apparently, this is a big issue up in the Northeast right now. You’ve got a great blog, so hopefully a lot of your new hits will stick. Rock on!

        • suburbanturmoil

          Thanks. :)

  • CJ

    I “live trap” them using a 2 litre milk carton opened at the top. With a little bait in the bottom, left overnight, a quick move to close the top first thing in the morning and outside they go.

    • gragor11a

      Good for you. Live and let live. We throw a cutting board on top of the compost bucket and move them out that way. Trap the rest. As if…

  • Sheryl Williams

    Thanks for this recipe, I have a bird that eats fruits in his cage and those little fruit flies are swarming his cage by the time I get home from work.

  • Chris

    We had a major problem with them last summer. I took 2 Gatorade bottle them filled half way with a mixture of balsamic vinegar and fruit punch, threw in some banana slices and strawberry preserves, and rolled coated paper plates into a funnels with a very small hole on the end and put it in the top of the bottles leaving the hole just above the liquid. I checked the traps daily and would stir them around to knock the flies of the plate into the liquid. Within a few days they were under control and within a week they were all gone.

  • connie

    a clean drain is all you need.. that’s it. hot soapy bleach water down the drain… flush the sink , very well after each time you use it… no more flies.. I have not had any this year, because I’ve been doing this.

    • gragor11a

      Just say no to chemicals. Save them for when it matters. Fruit fly infestations are not worthy of chemical warfare.

  • Michael Burgess

    Just cut up a few pieces of ripe fruit, put them in the bottom of a glass and cover the top with saran/plastic wrap. Then poke some small holes in the plastic. The fruit flies will find their way into the glass through the holes but will be unable to get back out. You can then dispose of them as you wish… if you’re a Buddhist you can release them outside by removing the plastic. Works like a charm!

    • Jennifer Braun

      I thought this was the bwst way to catch them too, but it does not kill them and they lay eggs and larve will hatch in there. I tried just ACV with a couple drops of dish soap stirred in. it changes the surface tension of the water and once they go in they cannot get back out. It worked like a charm in only a couple hours.

  • Christiana Equality Bradshaw

    I accidentally left the tray I heated fried chicken on out while I was gone over the weekend once, and found 50+ dead fruit flies drowned in it when I got back.

  • JOANIE DAVIDSON

    I WISH YOU WOULD HAVE TOLD ME THIS LAST WEEKEND WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER. THEY AREN’T AS BAD NOW BUT THEY MAY BE HIDING. HAVE TO BUY SOME APPLE CIDER.

  • Tlcfan53

    or you can take the same jar, put 1/2 ” of Apple cider vinegar 3 drops of dish soap and a very small piece of fruit in the bottom, cover the top with Saran wrap and put 2 or three pin holes in it and forget about it. (I put an elastic around the top to hold the saran tight) right now I have about 20 dead ones in mine after 2 days. With this there is no dumping and refilling..

  • matt bell

    Slice some apples. Open microwave and put apples in leaving door open. Wait for annoying ass flies to enter microwave and turn that fucker on. Bye bye flies.

  • GeoSol

    I dunno about “ruin your meal”. I think us westerners are too scared of bugs in all sizes, and if your health is affected seriously by a few fruit flies ingested accidentaly? Well you got a whole lot of other worries.

    That said, love the idea, theres also a similar method for catching bugs in your garden by filling tuna cans with a little tuna water, oil and water. Captures pests by the hundreds. Mainly earwigs here in northern California.

  • David

    Why would anyone let some innocent fruit flies ruin a meal?

  • GreatGrany5

    It is fruit fly time again here in Oklahoma and I so needed this again. I lost my recipe when I cleaned out my cupboard and you came along just in time. Thanks and happy fly catching.

  • Dorothea

    First and foremost – always get rid of your left-overs and don’t leave dirty dishes or crumbs! Do your dishes asap! After the sink has been cleaned I spray WINDEX down the drain – kills them instantly. Apple Cider Vinegar and a couple of drops of dish-soap in a small glass by the sink is the back-up plan and does work like a charm. No need to even fill all the way to make bubbles ….

  • snowflake

    That’s bogus, I tried it and they didn’t jump in and die. A small amount of red wine in a glass is hundred of times better!

  • Carmen

    off to by Apple Cider Vinegar! Thx!!!

  • Jonno

    really a bit of dishsoap, any kind of juice, add a little sugar and top off with water is effective. i will try with apple cider vinegar though, maybe works better.

  • johnrmccommas

    I am going to try that. I have little bugs that sometimes multiply in our houseplants sometimes and I hate to spray bug killer indoors.

  • Heal Me Naturally (fb and P)

    We store our bread in the fridge or the little buggers find a way in the bag. I’ve tried a few different fixes, I put fresh banana peel cut up in a apple shaped fly trap I got at walmart but I like this new trick as it actually kills the flies so they don’t just come right back in the house after you let them out. I eat alot of fresh fruit and vegetables so they are very pesky.

  • Dee

    I find the best thing to do is take a disposable cup (red solo type), put a spash of WHITE wine in the cup, cover the cup with plastic wrap, put an elastic around the plastic wrap and cup to keep the plastic wrap on, poke holes (about 12) with a toothpick or skewer. Leave the cup on the kitchen counter for as long as it takes to get rid of them. The wine may get yucky, but then you can just throw the hole thing out and start again if needed.

  • winniecooper

    if you use the saran wrap method, can you then smuggle them to your mother-in-law’s home and let em go? just wondering if that would work or not.

  • Robyn

    I use a vacuum – fast and easy, but I did share your tip on my site for people without one, or who need to do something else. robynlawson111,com

  • Jeff Hiltz

    My wife is using all my good cooking sherry…the bastards love it!
    But I love the oven idea!! LOL

  • Ken

    A tablespoon or so of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass, covered with a small plastic bag whose corner you cut leaving a hole just large enough for a fruit fly. Push the cut corner into the top of the glass, making a funnel that the fruit flies can enter, but not escape from. Connect the bag to the glass with an elastic band.
    You can do catch and release with this method. (and save a lot of vinegar!)

  • AlissaL

    I did it with regular white vinegar and it worked as well.

  • Localgrace

    I got some Black Flag fly strips. I was amazed ay how many fruit flies ended up there. I put a couple in various places around the kitchen and the computer. Apparently they like the light.
    And after several days, they are GONE!!!

  • Mo Bock

    I admit that fruit flies can be annoying, but I can’t help but raise my eyebrows when I read this: And it’s a HUGE relief to eat and drink in peace again, without worrying that a fruit fly is going to ruin your meal.

    They get in my beer sometimes, and I just drink ‘em.

  • ecira

    I just use plain white vinegar in a small dish, place plastic wrap over the dish and poke wholes for the flies to find their way in. The never make they’re way back out. So, it doesn’t have to be apple cider vinegar. Any vinegar will attract fruit flies.

  • A

    I’ve had good success with balsamic vinegar.

  • Kimberley

    I use the same method, but without the water.

  • bugged

    Does this work with gnats as well?

  • anonymama

    you can use red wine or plum vinegar, or you can use the dregs of a cup of wine. the dish soap is the crucial element.

  • oblivioustothisfruitfly

    I have one on my computer screen as I am reading this!! lol

  • Jmama

    I was out of Apple cider vinegar so i used rice vinegar .. it worked just as well.. just in case you have that laying around too

  • Robert Dall

    Yes I have had much luck with that solution as well. http://robertdall.com/2013/07/17/fail-safe-fruit-fly-trap/

  • bUg’d

    I
    tried this out last night and NOTHING happened * O Is this supposed to
    be hot or cold water to activate the detergent and make BuBbLeS ? None
    appear when cold or luke warm water is used.

    • suburbanturmoil

      I use a few drops of Palmolive in the ACV and then fill the rest of the jar with rushing water – enough for lots of bubbles. The dish soap drops are purely to create bubbles- that’s what traps the fruit flies so effectively.

  • Nikki Lussier

    It’s amazing how well this works… although in my case, first attempt, it worked too well! I had maybe a dozen fruit flies, not terribly bad, and thought I’d try this recipe out. When I checked the bowl with the solution in the evening, an hour or so after I put it out, I noticed a bunch of fruitflies sitting on the kitchen windowbox screen (I had the window cranked open), and thought “wow, they are attracted to it even from outside!” Unbeknownst to me, the screen on my window box doesn’t keep fruit flies out. When I checked everything out in the morning, there were, no exaggeration, at least 100 dead ones and another 50+ very much alive fruit flies flying around my kitchen! Ahhhh….!! So now the screen is closed and I think there’s about a dozen left to catch. So in about 20 hours, I killed ten times more than I had to start with. All this to say “Yes, it works!” (and, “not the smartest thing I’ve ever done!”).

    ps, I didn’t have apple cider vinegar, but noticed a poster mentioned that red wine vinegar works, and that’s what I used.

  • LIBERTYUNITER

    Thanks for sharing a great tip Lorna. Nothing is more frustrating than having them buzz around your face… Looking forward to spreading the DEATH.

  • Beans

    The plumber told me to pour boiled water down all drains in the house followed bya little bleach. Works great to eliminate any in the drains feeding off the garbage. For a bad infestation you have to minimize any standing water sources including houseplants. Those buggers woll land in any fluid but wines, juices, etc. Help to catch them faster. From experience, the plastic wrap over a jar with holes ( banana in the jar) works slower but well. I agree with those mentioning the sick satisfaction of catching and counting them! Happy hunting!

  • Shawn L. Bird

    A tbsp of apple cider vinegar and a drop of detergent will work as effectively. You don’t need a whole jar!

  • Diane U

    It’s easier to keep your bananas in the fridge so you never get fruit flies. The bananas last longer too, although the skin turns brown.

  • Munchpuppymom

    It isn’t just fruit flies that this works on – gnats too. We had an gnat infestation and no fruit or veggies out and about. Drove us nuts until we found out about the apple cider vinegar solution. Put a bowl in every room – yes even the bathroom and they are finally gone, with a couple of exceptions. This works great!!! And yes, it is satisfying after putting up with them!

  • Gwen

    Just refrigerate your fruit. That’s what I do and as a result, I NEVER have fruit flies. ~ : )

  • jay_jay

    Actually it works well with all types if vinegar just not the white vinegar , I’ve had success with them all but white, balsamic works amazingly

  • Karen Bernaix Bailey

    I use white vinegar all the time and it works perfectly.

  • SWC1955

    What is the one how to get rid of spiders? I think it has to do with vanilla,,I can’t remember

    • Karl Tricamo

      Spiders hate mint. Peppermint, spearmint, etc.

  • Authentic Canadian

    I opt for this over my fruit fly gun idea…loll

  • Authentic Canadian

    There is something that is getting overlooked in this post. You need to wipe down the entire area, wash fruit baskets. I tend to take a pillowcase and wrap my whole bowl, twist and tuck the end under the bowl. If you have cooking juices,anything sweet or spilled or glasses or cups sitting around, they are breeding grounds for these crazy fruit flies, no matter how many traps you set, you gotta clean thoroughly. I also found my compost bin way way too close to my porch doorway, they had easy access until I moved it to the corner of the property. Cut them in 1/2 within days. Also patch screen or check windows, they zip in some small little areas.

  • Selina Grissom

    Often times we think they are fruit flies, when they are actually drain flies…I use red wine, too…something sweet like blackberry Merlot…I also use 9 oz., clear, plastic, drinking cups and only fill about quarter of the way…I use about a 1/4 cup of wine or apple cider vinegar, a few drops of dish soap, and add about an 1/8 cup of water and gently stir, that way they sink straight to the bottom…works like a charm… :)

  • Anita Dueis

    I didn’t have apple cider vinegar so used regular and cut up a slice of apple in a small cup
    . covered with plastic wrap (tight) poked a couple holes in it. The flies got in but couldn’t find their way back out.

  • Sceptic

    Doesn’t work, I did exactly what this said and got one, I left a lemon wedge in glass with a little water and got 4. Waste of vinegar.

  • Cinzia

    Mine are REALLY refined… I use red wine.

  • gary

    awh come on, what’s the matter with a little protein now and again

  • fruit fly rancher

    I like fruit flies, after ranching for college, I grew quite fond of them and would keep a banana rotting behind the sink in the winter to keep them alive. They’re my little puppies. with their beautiful bright red eyes. They don’t actually eat fruit. They eat the fungus that grows on fruit. That is why smells of spoilage (like wine, beer, vinegar) attract them. Unfortunately, when they walk through the fungus, it gets on their feet, so walking on clean fruit contaminates it, and leads to more rapid spoilage. The flies them selves are quire edible… :-)

  • bella

    Works with any vinegar

  • chris

    I use cheap brown vinegar, just cover the bottom of a cup with it so it’s deep enough for the flies to drown, and add a drop of dishwashing liquid. No bubbles needed. Works like a charm. ;)

  • Kathi Simon Whitney Buchta

    Some of these comments are so hilarious. Sitting here all by myself laughing out loud!

  • Willow Bank Picnics

    I take a nice wine glass – I think they are attracted to something appealing – I half fill it with juice from the PICKLE jar. I cover the top with saran wrap. I poke a hole in the centre of the saran. They can get in – but they can’t seem to find their way out. I works extremely well – only problem is – it looks like white wine and I’m always tempted to take a sip – oops forgot – not wine!

  • Debby Couture

    Bleach down the drain helps too. A lot. It finally got rid of my problem. We had tons of the little F***ers.

  • Tanya

    man reading some of the comments, i almost wet my pants. LMAO

  • Amy Bourke

    Orange juice, a layer of dish soap in a wide-mouthed glass. Cover with saran wrap, and poke some holes in it. Fruit flies find their way in, but can’t find the holes out. LOVE IT!

  • Debi Blonjeaux

    Make sure you check your fruit, cuz the little buggers lays eggs in your fruit and you get larva. The dam fruit flies also bite!

  • kelly Merrill

    Great tip. Thanks!
    We have fruit flies right now. I’ll try this.

  • Renee

    LOL, yes, strangely satisfying is a terrific explanation of what it feels like to see them dead! I HATE those damn things. I do the same thing but without the bubbles. All it takes is the apple vinegar filled to the point of almost going over the edge of the bowl, then 2 drops of Dawn dish soap.

  • AnnetteAben

    LOVE this as I was just thinking the other day that these fruit flies were making me a bit batty…

  • Keri

    Don’t invite me to dinner please…..at least not for anything you baked in the oven. Thanks anyway…..maybe a raincheck in the winter.

  • info seeker

    I did not know they exist in your drains! It’s true!

    info seeker

  • KJB

    OMG, my husband and I just nearly died laughing! Both your simple trick with the apple cider vinegar and fruitflykiller’s comment about the oven made us just laugh ourselves silly!!

  • quackycat

    Did not work for me

  • fishgirl

    Love this. Totally worked for me. I think what is especially effective is that the suds extend to and even above the lip. That way even just landing traps the fruit flies. I have referred my readers to your post and have used your photo to do so. Let me know if that’s not cool.
    http://sustainablescientist.net/2013/09/09/best-fruit-fly-remedy/

  • Big Mike

    As a fat man, I would never allow a fruit fly to ruin my meal

  • Dee

    Not true about apple cider vinegar being the only kind you can use. I use malt vinegar or balsalmic vinegar or whatever I have – although I don’t use white distilled. But yes – this is brilliant and does work. I also sometimes make an inverted paper cone and put it in the jar and they fly in but can’t get out. I suppose it does take them a bit longer to die than if they just drowned, but it is also quite successful.

  • Darlene Chappell-Gabagambi

    Oh my God! I gotta try the micro wave one! The vinegar one didn’t kill all of them!

  • Justin Macpherson

    this seems preferable to chasing them around with the vacaume cleaner.

  • DarkStar77

    This doesnt work. I left it for two days and not a single fly. I even added honey for an extra kick, but no trappings did follow. I think I will try fruitflykiller’s method (toasty!)

    • Never_Speechless

      Did you keep it bubbly at the top? It says they get trapped in the bubbles….

      • DarkStar77

        yes, yes I did. All it did was make my kitch reek of vinegar lol

  • katerbug72

    I had a fruit fly invasion just recently. I didn’t have any AC vinegar so I used red wine vinegar. That worked too. For some reason, most of the flies ended up in the diaper pail that has a vanilla scented garbage bag in it. Weird!

  • Kathy

    Does this mixture work on sand fleas, grass fleas etc.

  • linda

    I use a bit of vinegar in a bowl, covered with plastic wrap. I make small holes in the plastic wrap so the flies go in, but can’t fly out. Simple, easy, cheap. no measurements needed. Bowl lasts more than a week.

  • schmidlap

    My daughter keeps her bananas in the cupboard, no fruit flies! I am doing it, but forget I have them…then have to make banana bread.

  • Trenton

    I have an easier way. Take a baby food jar with a lid and punch a small hole in the lid large enough for a fruit fly to crawl into. Put an 1/8″ of Kahlua in the jar and cover with the punched hole lid. I usually use two or three jars and put on in each corner of the kitchen. In 2 days the little buggers will drink themselves to death.

  • calypso985

    There is no need to add water or make any suds with this concoction.
    I use a shot-glass about half filled with straight cider vinegar and 2
    drops of Dawn. Stir and place in an out-of-the-way spot in your
    kitchen. The next morning, there will be MANY dead fruit flies in the
    glass. Just flush them down the drain, and make a fresh batch. You can
    leave each batch out for 2 or 3 days if you like, which saves on the
    amount of vinegar you must use. This WORKS. I know because I use it every summer!

  • SEMPER FI

    AS A MARINE TOLD ME SHAVE, PUT LIGHTER FLUID ON THE OTHER SIDE, LIGHT IT, AND AS THEY RUN FROM THE FIRE, STAB EM WITH AN ICE PICK…are we talking about the same bugs.????

  • Just Plain Bill

    I had similar success with white vinegar in the bottom of a soda bottle which was cut in half and the top inserted upside down as a funnel for the little buggers. Also put a few pieces of old banana in the vinegar and smeared around the inside of the funnel.

  • Nicole

    um don’t forget to cover it with plastic wrap and poke a couple of holes in it with a fork! It does work really well… i knew this trick for a few years now :)

  • Johnny 5

    Putting a banana in a jar with saran wrap to cover….poking holes big enough for pesky flies to go in…but not go out…..the rotting banana will attract….and no escape will whack em!!

  • Sally Quick

    I do a similar version, but with no added water. I use a small juice glass, use about 1/2 cup of cider vinegar (a must!) add a drop of dish soap, then set it next to the fruit bowl. They go for a swim without the bubble bath, and voila! Drowned bugs.

  • ASR, CRT in Alabama

    I just worked 12 hours in an open-heart unit, sat down, got on fb and yall have just made my day. Some of these comments are a hoot…thanks for letting my brain relax. ASR in ALABAMA.

  • nan

    I like that trap for fruit flies. I live in an older apartment in the south. I have no problems with roaches until people upstairs moved out. I guess their roach friends decided to move down with me.. I have bought every bug spray on the market. I think the roaches think it must be a shower because they come with towel and scrub brush. Until one day I was using GOO GONE. I sprayed that bug and darn if it didn’t turn belly up kicking. I use it on them all the time now. It smells good too. Make sure you clean up surface you sprayed.

  • Cp fun

    I like to stick a piece of banana peel into my Cape Sundew tray and watch them get eaten..cheap plant food!

  • Derrick

    Beer works, too.

  • Bev

    I do the vinegar and dish soap and cover with plastic wrap with a few holes… they fly in and can’t get out, die and sink to the bottom!

  • Dale Lorna Denison

    You can also just put a small bowl of apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dish soap, stir and watch them come.

  • Renee

    I have used an other tactic that is similar to this one. I take a small jar ( a salt shaker, with a screw on lid works great for this) I make a mixture of apple cider vinegar and sugar fill the container a bit less then half full and screw on the lid. How does this work? the rotten smell from the vinegar, and the sweet smell of the added sugar attracts the flies, flies can crawl into a jar but has to fly out which they can’t as long as the wholes are small enough, so they are trapped. This works great and you can leave it in a hidden place and it will attract the little buggers. I work at a bar and we had a horrible fruit fly issue, I started doing this at the bar and it works great. I keep a container hidden from customers but were the buggers are flying around and this helps keep them in check.
    The idea on this post is a great one if your only wanting to trap them for a day or two, This method is for continuous control.

  • Paula

    A more effective way is to use ANY type of vinegar, pour some into a container, pull cling film tightly across the top and put some small holes in the cling film. The fruit flies will climb through the holes and not be able to get out. Also, they like to nest in drains so, keep them clean and food free.

  • Jesceeanne

    This really works! I love that it is cheap, and chemical free. This is one home remedy my husband can’t make fun of me about lol! Thanks for posting.

  • cronos w. spoiler

    A blast of Cold air will do the job open the front,back doors and let the house air out for 20-30 minutes,the little bastards can’t handle Cold kills’em off.

  • CheyKaycee

    I’m using red wine vinegar and it is working better than the apple cider vinegar. Who ever said this is full of it.

  • Helene

    Actually, all you need is a small dish, about 1/2 inch of vinegar and a drop of dish soap. I’ve also had good luck with Red Wine Vinegar. It Works great!

  • Alycia

    You can use white vinegar too.Just put some in a bowl cover it with saran wrap poke a hole in the middle of saran wrap so the flies can fit in it and watch the bowl start filling up with fruit flies.Done this for years to get rid of them and works every time.

  • happy kathy

    OMG, you are right, you will never know how may you have and it is satisfying to watch them sink to the bottom! I have killed over 50 in a 3 days span…scary! Thanks for the tip!

  • CityGirl

    It’s worked beautifully on all but ONE smart, tenacious little bugger. I’ve seen him actually sitting on the rim of the jar, but he won’t fly in. Otherwise, a total success!

  • Eve Rabi Author

    Great tip. :) :)

  • Barbara Norman

    will this get rid of gnats, so sick of these things, worst than the fruit flies

  • LadyNomNom

    Other vinegar works fine.

  • Greg Kaml

    Dill will also disperse fruit flies right out of your house…also repels flies

  • fruitflykilla

    my housemates and i couldn’t find any apple cider vinegar and didn’t want to run to the store, so we tried rice vinegar (don’t even know where it came from, must have been a leftover from someone who moved out). we put plastic wrap over the bowl, poked holes in it, and now we have hundreds of them trapped!

  • Amber Gallegos

    I use seasoned rice vinegar in a small wide mouth jar. Fill up jar 1/4-1/2 way up with seasoned rice vinegar. Drawn by the vinegar and sugar they fly in and drown themselves!! Works every time.

  • Phyllis

    I have been using the cider vinegar method for over 2 weeks now, collecting soooooo many. Went to the local hardware store for more help as they are still so bad. She told me to pour a little bleach in my sinks all through the day, as they breed in the P traps. I have done this for about a week now , and even though they may be less, we still have plenty. We are going crazy with this problem! I have even found them in the refrigerator, under my crisper drawer, which I have cleaned out thoroughly.

  • Chelatenous

    Fruit flies never “ruin my meal”. They are a by-product of a healthy lifestyle, IMHO.

  • ReasonablyLogically

    Regular vinegar actually does work. Apple cider may work better, though.

  • Debbzze

    This actually only works for a few days then you have to dump and start all over. But it does work if you on top of it every few days!

  • bambam

    red wine vinegar works as well too i put saran wrap on top with a couple small holes to let them in but they cant get out and fall into the liquid and die i left it out over night and the morning the bottom was covered with them had to be over a hundred of them in there now i have the odd straggler but i have another cup out waiting for them

  • Colgate

    It works also with an open jar or wide cup……put in the dregs of your wine glass or use
    cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar…..cover with clear cellophane (saran wrap) put small
    holes (8-10 will do). They fly in, but can’t get out….they drown.

  • HATEFRUITFLIES

    We tried this and it did not work, what did work was putting a piece of fruit like a banana chunk or a split open cherry in a little jar and cover it in plastic wrap and poke little holes. They can get in and can’t get out, you get even more as the fruit rots a little but it doesn’t smell up your kitchen like rotting fruit.

  • Ted Thxsla

    I put a plate of sand with rum in it under a light. they land to sun. get drunk and stone each other to death.

  • suz

    fruit in a old tim hortons cup.saran over top of cup secure with elastic.pokes holes in top with toothpick they can get in but not out…

  • Denise

    I’ve used apple juice in a shallow dish covered with plastic wrap with holes poked in it( with a tooth pic) and they sure went to it

  • Sandra Ann Phillips

    listen…they are like the plague! They are reproducing in MY FRIDGE! We vacuum as many as we can each day, all day long. They are EVERYWHERE! I wish Noah had of killed those first 2!

  • Jll2013

    Just leave a glass of beer out…they get drunk and die happy.

  • geiche

    why you kill em when theyr harmless

    • annademo

      Because they are gross. Especially when floating in my chardonnay.

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com/ Kim’s Kitchen Sink

    I LOVE the apple cider vinegar trick. I’ve never added dish soap to make bubbles though, just added dish soap to make the vinegar too thick for the flies to escape from (muah haha). I’ve used a tall mason jar (and only put SCV in the bottom 1-2″ or so), and ramekins (filling almost all the way to the top), and even a little bowl…it all works. I think the important things are A) Apple Cider Vinegar, B) soap to weigh down their little wings so they can’t fly. BOOM.

    • lesego montsho

      Apple cider vinegar is the one

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  • Dawn Tague

    I always end up with a problem of fruit flies and NOTHING that I tried worked so I WILL be trying this out! Thanks for the laughs as well as the help

  • http://www.shannonhutcheson.ca/ Shannon

    Actually, red wine vinegar works just as well. You don’t have to fill your jar (or drinking glass, what have you on hand) all the way either. I usually only do a few inches, and refill if necessary. The liquid dish soap is a must though. Make sure to mix it in, swirl it around. This is what makes it impossible for those little suckers to climb out again!

  • Vivian

    I love to use liquid soap and water to squirt insects as it works like acid on their exoderms. Will have to try this with vinegar to draw fruitflies.

  • http://www.KristinBennett.com Kristin Bennett

    I’m so going to try this…

  • thinkerman

    This seems an extravagant use of cider vinegar. We put some banana peel in a tuna can or jar, cover it with plastic wrap held on with an elastic and punch a few small holes in the wrap. They get in but can’t get out. Once in a while I take them outside and let them go. For bigger jobs I would put fruit (or maybe a bit of the apple cider vinegar?) in a bucket with a lid left slightly ajar. Every once in a while, close the lid, and take them outside. Outside, they can be bird food.

  • art abrahams

    They will go after anything fermented/ing. Refined vinegar is too pure. Home brewed beer or kombucha are best!

  • elmware

    The fly ribbons that I bought at a dollar store did the trick for me.

  • beachdude

    does this work for toilet flies too?

  • FruitFlyMaster

    Not true that other vinegars don’t work. I use whatever I have including balsamic or cheap red wine! The dish soap is a must to reduce the surface tension of the liquid so they can’t escape.

  • FORMER Sudburian

    Or you could consume your food frequently. Not having it sit out and spoil!

  • sus

    Put some banana peels, or part of a tomato or any fruit in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, poke holes with a tooth pick. The fruit flies fly in but can’t fly out.

  • Jody Hannah

    that is not true,I put a liitle jar or glass with white vinegar with plastic wrap over and poke a small hole in the plastic and they are attracted to it and they go in through hole and cannot get out, you do not need to spend on Apple cider vinegar, soap or anything just white vinegar works great!!

  • Me

    I use straight white vinegar put plastic wrap on bowl and poke holes they come after the white vinegar and get caught under the plastic wrap they can’t get out!

  • Jen

    Balsamic vinegar ( 2 tablespoons) with a couple drops of dish soap works too. Same with the apple cider and dish soap. No water or bubbles. I have been using this method for years.

  • momma stahr

    Used this today, but I didn’t have apple cider vinegar. Instead, I had old Gerber apple juice in the fridge, so, I put the old apple juice in a glass, added some of my white vinegar, added the dish detergent, and filled with water. Worked like a charm!

  • Downhilljill

    Just tried the above and it’s working wonderfully well. Didn’t know about the spider-fruit fly relationship but it’s true around here! Just counted 5+ spiders and webs outside my kitchen window. I don’t mind spiders at all; in fact I find them rather fascinating

  • Muneca622

    I thought I was twisted…but you all got me beat!!!!

  • ttyy rree

    put a banana peel in the sink…..let i set for about an hour to attract the flies…then spray them with hard holding hair spray….they wont be able to fly and fall in the sink….then……swoosh…wash them down…..

  • Shawn Snyder

    put a piece of fruit in a lidless jar.cover top smooth and tight with saran wrap.poke 5 holes with a toothpick.it’s slow,but works.

  • DondaLonda

    I just did this. Used a tiny plastic container, used a mini whisk to get it all frothy, placed it on the bench, looked around for flies, looked back- fly already caught! YAY!

  • ginny

    I just used the cider vinegar and a bit of dish soap…no foamy top or water… and it still worked…

  • Teague

    I put a banana peel under a HUGE spider with a gigantic web. The fruit flies are getting caught in her web and getting sucked dry. Plus, it’s great entertainment!

  • Dave DuBose

    Apple Cider vinegar and a couple tablespoons of honey. Fill a custard cup up 3/4 and sit it on a counter out of the way and forget about it. Dump it in a week and replace if you still have fruit flies.

  • shoo flies

    Be aware! This bubble method is not for everyone! I had a heavy infestation and this vinegar bubble method not only didn’t work but also helped the flies to congregate in the surrounding area to go crazy on breeding orgies. The next day I had triple the population. I recommend this cute bubble method for light infestation ONLY! The next tactic was vinegar-soap jar with paper funnel to discourage flies from coming out of the jars. I had to tap the jars on the kitchen counter to make the flies fall onto the soap solution to kill them. Otherwise, some flies figured out to crawl out of the funnel opening, and again, the next day I saw bunch of tiny flies in the surrounding area. However, this funnel trap worked to reduce the population, so I’d say it is better than the bubble method. I will try the oven method tomorrow, though I dread the cleaning afterward… Maybe I’ll just vacuum inside the oven…

  • Paul Izzo

    red wine works as well

  • annademo

    I use fly paper (the sticky kind). It catches them quite well and a heavy infestation is usually cleared up within a few days. Hang 2 – 3 near places of interest (over sink, near trash, near fruit).

  • musterion

    Any solutions for chinese stinkbugs?

  • doodlebugger

    If you just want to keep the gnats out of your face just rip a hole in the seat of your pants.

  • SaraB55

    Another way:

    - Put a little red wine (an ounce or less) and small piece of banana in a round glass dish, like a ceramic baking dish. Or you can just use a large drinking glass.

    - Stretch a sheet of plastic wrap tightly over the top so it’s flat on top and sealed all the way around the rim. If needed, put a rubber band around it.

    - Punch a four or five holes in the plastic with a toothpick.

    Now you have a fruit fly motel: they’ll find their way in through the tiny holes, but they can’t find their way back out.

  • moth-er

    any ideas for getting rid of moths? I’ve sprayed those sticky fly strips with apple cider vinegar and that gets fruit flies and moths…but somehow not ALL the moths.

  • shafeke

    another efficient way is to us the same apple cider vinegar and rather then filling with soap bubbles use a smaller mouthed jar, make a simple paper funnel shaped cone. Place the cone into the jar and the fruit flies go in and then can’t get out.

  • venusvelvet

    I just put the banana or whatever they’re buzzing around in a store bag and wait till they’re inside the bag with it, then close it and take it out to the garbage.

  • Dianne J Cameron Chisholm

    This works so well.

  • Bugs

    Does anyone have anything for Centipedes

  • Jd Schooley

    How to throw a Fruit Fly party;
    Place a banana peel in an empty bread bag. Happy fruit flies enter following the sweet smell of rotting fruit, yeah! Place one hand over the opening of the bag, use other hand to steamroller their little butts goodbye! Reopen and wait for more party goers, later tie a knot in the bag and toss in the freezer for more Fruit Fly party fun.

  • CJ

    I spent the $5.00 and bought a few of the traps. Cute little apple to sit on the counter and you don’t see them once they get in there.

  • Carolynn

    Personally, I like the hairspray and lighter method :)

  • Rhonda Godfrey

    I just leave the cider vinegar in a small cruet and then put plastic wrap over the top which you can secure with an elastic. Then punch holes in the plastic wrap with a toothpick. The fruit flies go in the holes, but can’t find their way out!

  • Joe

    I just bought a carnivorous plant, but it’s only been a few days so I can ‘t say whether it’s working. Fingers crossed. Cider vinegar / soap has worked pretty well for me, but the plant seemed like more fun.

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  • Linda L.

    I have a cat, who’s addicted to Fancy Feast, so we wash those tiny cans and use that for this fantastic gnat/fruit fly killer!! I just put some vinegar and a few drops of Dawn (blue) dish soap in and those little critters don’t bug us too long!! It’s amazing how many are in the bottom of each can after having an all-night “pool” party!! Gross–but so welcome too!!

  • Deafracer

    I’ve tried the apple cider method but have had much more luck just putting red wine vinegar in a cup and adding a couple drops of soap. No water or anything else needed.

  • Karma

    I’ve been using plain white vinegar for years and it works just fine…..

  • Karma

    I got through the Fruit fly outbreak… but now, I have some other little flies… NOT Fruit Flies… but about the same size…. They fly around, but spend lots of their time walking around on the Fridge, counter, dishes etc… and they are not attracted to VINEGAR at all… Not White, or Apple cider… They aren’t attracted to the sticky insect strips [the curly glue paper you hang]… The only thing I have found them attracted to is Cheese, and Corn on the cob…. Anyone know what they are, or how to get rid of them?

    • Average Joe

      I know you posted this 4 months ago but it sounds like you have drain flies. Google “Get rid of drain flies”

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    Oh My people, didn’t anyone ever tell you that spiders are good to have around, they eat all the bad bugs that will bite you, I either catch them in my hands or in a glass and put them outside, they are always welcome around my house :o ) I guess I should add I’m in Canada and none of ours can bite and kill you ;o)

  • Linda A Szatmary

    lol

  • RachaelB

    Did this last month, but didn’t worry about bubbles. It still works great! Next time I will try the bubbles, though, just for the sake of comparison.

  • Elisabeth Cain

    please don’t kill honeybees or bumble bees.

  • VALERIE JOHNSON

    LOL! This is the best thread EVER! I hate spiders, and when I see a spider and its web, I usually get my long lighter and set it ablaze. For fleas, I use a shallow dish with oil in it, and that works in catching them. i’ll have t otry the ACV for the fruit flies…hate those things.

  • David Edell

    Or cut a paper bag in to strips spread a thin layer of honey on 90% of two sides of several strips, hang them with thumbtacks or push pins from the ceiling where needed, The flies will be attracted to and stock by the honey.

  • heather brooks

    I use apple cider vinager. But i cut a water bottle about 3/4 and then put the bottle neck upside down. The flies go down to the apple cidar vinagar and can’t get out so they die in what they love . Work unbelievable y good you will be amazed

  • mad scientist

    OK – Here’s an experiment I did. They say put a jar with apple cider vinegar in it and cover with plastic poking small holes in it. Well it did not work at all. Then I noticed they liked egg shells..so I put some of them in a jar with the plastic on…well they didn’t seem to like it that way. Then I noticed they liked plain old piece of bread..so I decided to give them a double whamy.. I placed some egg shells on the bottom, broke up a piece of bread on top and put the plastic cover on , with the little holes.
    The results — after 5 days, 1 was caught in the vinegar solution, none in the egg shells after 2 days..but to my surprise..overnight, the one with the bread has about 25. So I think the bread works..must not even need the shells.
    If you use old jars that you don’t want anymore–like plastic containers from peanut butter..when you have captured the fruit flies..just put the lid on and toss it.

  • lorraine savoca

    This is working great! It’s a life saver. Thank you so much!

  • Ruby M. Tuesday

    if you are a believer in ‘no unnecessary death’, then you should appreciate this more humane LIVE fruit fly trap!
    At night, about an hour before you turn off the lights and go to bed, leave the lid on your compost bucket open a crack. When you wake up and go to the kitchen to make your hot morning bevvy, sneak up on the compost bucket and quickly slide the lid shut, trapping them inside!
    Then, when you are more awake, you can take the bucket outdoors and release them into the Universe’s care! :D
    (corny, i know- but there will be some appreciators out there, i’m sure!) <3

  • daxxed

    To get rid of wasp an their nest…Get a Super Soaker…Fill it with real hot water and shoot the nest…the hot water shrinks their wings and they just fall to the ground…No it is clogging time….

  • Mike

    When I add a few drops of dish soap and then fill it up with water, no bubbles appear… I have to squirt a continuous stream of soap into the jar for like 5 seconds (the equivalent of hundreds, if not thousands of drops of soap) in order to get the bubbles. Are you sure you only need to add “a few drops”?

    • Jill Lewis

      You DON’T need bubbles for this to work. I’ve had several fruit fly infestations over the years as I occasionally forget about a piece of fruit on the counter. I put apple cider vinegar in a small, narrow bowl and then stir in some liquid dish doap, just enough to give it a slightly different consistency. I put it on the counter and normally a few days later most of the fruit flies are at the bottom of the bowl. A few will remain on top. Presumably they just haven’t sunk yet.

  • Linda

    This did not work for me at all :( any other way to get rid of them?

  • pjette57

    One more idea to rid you of fruit flies. Use just plain apple cider vinegar in a cup or bowl. Cover the top tightly with saran wrap. With a fork or skewer, pop a few holes in the saran wrap and the fruit flies will find their way through the wholes, but are not bright enough to find their way out! Foolproof!

  • mike battista

    Best and most fun thing to do is bait them with a fruit drink and wait a bit. When they are all gathered up enjoying their poolside drink… Roast em with a lighter and some hair spray

  • coonoor47 .

    so glad I came to this site; I badly needed a laugh!! didn’t know the creative ways of killing the suckers!

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  • DENISE

    caught one in first 2 min. using red wine vinegar????

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  • Jesophiah

    orange juice and red wine work just as well – although more expensive.

  • Nutmegballs

    You do not need the bubbles on top. the soap in the water will break the surface tension of their wings and make them stick in the water/vinegar. Works splendidly with moths as well, though you do not need the apple cider vinegar. Just put a shallow plate of soapy water at the base of an illuminated lamp and go to bed (in a different room, unless you like sleeping with a night light and fluttering moths). In the morning: voila.

  • Bill.

    Pour some bleach down your drains at night, throw trash out daily,wash dish clothes daily, keep fruit and vegetables in the fridge.

    Some may think air freshener will chase fruit flies away, but it can actually attract them even more. Anything which has a sweet smell, such as lemon or orange scented air freshener, will attract fruit flies.
    Do not use manure or lake water for fertilizer near the house. This is the equivalent of providing a home for fruit fly breeding!
    If vinegar does not work, try soy sauce. Bourbon also works––leaving the top off of a mostly empty bottle will act as a funnel trap.
    When using vinegar, make sure you choose the right type of vinegar. White vinegar does not work. Malt vinegar and red wine work, just not as well as cider. Beer sometimes works too, as does balsamic vinegar. Wine works extremely well, and a wine bottle with an inch or so left can be used without an additional funnel.
    Fruit flies sense quick movement. Approach them very slowly with a moist paper towel on bathroom mirrors and cabinets, and you’ll get them every time.
    A potted plant can be free of fruit flies by allowing the dirt to dry completely between waterings. This kills most of the larvae; the adults don’t live long and will soon be gone. Take extra care to check soil for dryness and promptly re-water plants with stiff leaves because they will often become dry and die.
    Hang a few old flypaper rolls over the area of infestation. It’s ugly, but effective. These are extremely poisonous though. Use with caution and keep out of reach of children.
    If you use the freezer method, be aware that some flies may survive the process for up to a day.
    If you have a gas stove with a constant pilot light, place the trap on the warm part of the stove top. This will help spread the smell of the vinegar.
    Cover liquor bottles that have a pour spout on them with a small sheet of cellophane. Clean bottles below the spout with an ammonia based cleaner, every other day.

  • Ruth

    I was having a bad day until I came here. This must be the site for comedians, I never laughed so hard. I thought I was the only one mad as hell over these darn fruit flies, I tried everything. Even putting a banana in the left side of the double sink in the kitchen, having the hot water turned on and the spray ready to go when they went for the banana. I would sneak up on them turn on the hot water and spray those suckers until the water heater ran out of hot water, then down the drain they went.

  • Topher Harris

    I’m trying this apple cider vinegar thing and so far it’s not working. They’re all flying around the glass but not diving in. It’s like they know I’m trying to kill their asses!

    • suburbanturmoil

      You’ve gotta leave it alone for a while. Like, hours. Within 24 hours, 48 if you have a LOT, they should all be gone.

      • Topher Harris

        It has been hours. It isn’t working.

        • suburbanturmoil

          Then you may have drain flies- not fruit flies. Or your fruit flies are smarter than average!

          • Guest

            What the hell are drain flies?

          • Topher Harris

            OR you just don’t know what the hell you’re talking about! :) WTF are drain flies?

          • Trixie

            Yes! these li’l suckers come from the bathroom sink overflow hole.
            Usually very hot water sloshed in there will do them in.

  • mar

    I have seen them fly into and drown in wine, beer and also bananas, but they absolutely love lemons! I put a lemon wedge in water and cover with plastic wrap with a small hole in the middle and they will get trapped and die.

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    This does not work. Thank you for wasting my money.

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  • Trixie

    Yes, this definitely works. I have found that the bubbles are not necessary.
    The fruit flies are drawn to the scent. We used this mixture last Summer.

  • Kim

    They were in my fern as well. I moved it to the kitchen counter and they began swarming it as well! I will try the remedy!

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