How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

  1. JustMalia

    August 28th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    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!

  2. suburbanturmoil

    August 28th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    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. 🙂

  3. The Mommy

    September 1st, 2013 at 7:56 am

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

  4. lcherry

    September 4th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    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

  5. virginiadavidson

    September 5th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    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.

  6. Misty Jones

    September 5th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    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…

  7. Crystal Sandridge

    September 5th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    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

  8. gragor11a

    September 9th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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


    September 12th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    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.

  10. RoCr

    September 22nd, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    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.


    September 22nd, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    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.

  12. amandamagee

    August 28th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    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.

  13. suburbanturmoil

    August 28th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

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

  14. Tonimiller143

    August 28th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    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.

  15. suburbanturmoil

    August 28th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

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

  16. Tonimiller143

    August 28th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    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.

  17. suburbanturmoil

    August 28th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

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

  18. amandamagee

    August 29th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    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.

  19. rainy

    September 5th, 2013 at 8:30 am


  20. Heidi

    August 30th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

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

  21. Anne

    September 2nd, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    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.

  22. virginiadavidson

    September 5th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Also available at Ranch and Home type stores. Sticky, draws moths by pheromones. Really works.

  23. Jan

    August 28th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    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.

  24. suburbanturmoil

    August 28th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

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

  25. Renee

    August 31st, 2013 at 1:11 am

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

  26. Jenna @ Call Her Happy

    August 28th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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

  27. suburbanturmoil

    August 28th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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

  28. Jenna @ Call Her Happy

    August 28th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    They are from the devil himself. So gross.

  29. Mona Lott

    September 5th, 2013 at 12:53 am

    This gives a good overview of earwigs

  30. Marie Cash

    September 4th, 2013 at 11:15 am

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

  31. Michelle

    August 28th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    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!

  32. Scott

    September 6th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

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

  33. MC0913

    August 28th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

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

  34. suburbanturmoil

    August 28th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    But what a sad waste of wine… 😉

  35. Tina

    August 28th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    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.

  36. suburbanturmoil

    August 29th, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Red wine vinegar– That makes sense. 🙂

  37. ggdsly

    September 7th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    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.

  38. Kathy Reynolds

    September 7th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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

  39. Pippi

    September 11th, 2013 at 1:03 am

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

  40. Graham J

    September 11th, 2013 at 8:53 am

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

  41. Melissa

    August 29th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

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

  42. Em Rohrer

    August 30th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Trying this today!

  43. Leah

    September 3rd, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    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.

  44. Mdmupholstery Paull

    September 3rd, 2013 at 4:28 pm

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

  45. Jolene Thebigdawg Armstrong

    September 5th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    you will know this for next summer 🙂

  46. JC

    September 5th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

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

  47. Miss Tammy

    September 7th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    not in my

  48. Elizabeth Collins

    September 7th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Exactly what I was thinking!!!

  49. Elizabeth Collins

    September 7th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Exactly what I was thinking!!!

  50. Julie B.

    September 4th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    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….

  51. poet1369

    September 5th, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Waste of good alcohol

  52. Melanie Beaulieu

    September 5th, 2013 at 7:27 am


  53. Stu

    September 5th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Alcohol abuse.

  54. Gaylene McEwen

    September 5th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    love it! 🙂

  55. cupcake1227

    September 5th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    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.

  56. Muffin46

    September 8th, 2013 at 9:40 am

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

  57. Salina

    September 6th, 2013 at 11:52 am

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

  58. Bill

    September 7th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Then I Drink the Rum

  59. Daniel Castillo

    September 8th, 2013 at 12:04 am

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

  60. Trishabeth

    September 8th, 2013 at 9:50 am

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

  61. Linda

    September 10th, 2013 at 9:29 am

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

  62. Teresa

    September 4th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    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!!!

  63. beachlover

    September 5th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    say fruit fly free ten times fast. lol.


    September 4th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    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

  65. Marilyn Jaimes-Butterworth

    September 4th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

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

  66. Carly Michelle

    September 4th, 2013 at 8:22 pm This book has been a God-Send & this recipe is in it!

  67. stacey

    September 4th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    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

  68. marg

    September 4th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    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.

  69. Sunshine

    September 5th, 2013 at 12:27 am

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

  70. Robyn Mary Murphy

    September 5th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

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

  71. Gaylene McEwen

    September 5th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    lmao too!!!! 🙂

  72. Colleen Campbell

    September 5th, 2013 at 3:58 am

    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 🙁

  73. Misty Jones

    September 5th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    ohhh gross.. I didn’t know that… 🙁

  74. Gaylene McEwen

    September 5th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    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!!!!

  75. Sherry Forbes Findlay

    September 6th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    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!

  76. Gaylene McEwen

    September 6th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Hi Sherry, no we have a Kangen water machine that can produce 2.5 -11.5 (I’m talking ph balance numbers here) water so depending on the fruit or vegetable, it cleans everything off! It is amazing how much can come off of your produce when you use the right water to clean it… I even spray our counters and with the 11.5 water to kill all the bacteria and soak the dish cloth in water to kill everything in them as well.

  77. bUg'd

    September 7th, 2013 at 4:19 pm…0.0…

  78. Judith Henderson

    September 5th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    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….

  79. Ingrid

    September 9th, 2013 at 12:46 am

    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.

  80. gragor11a

    September 9th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    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.

  81. Tim St.Arneault

    September 5th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    gotta stay on top of those dishes! 😉

  82. iam_Nunya

    September 7th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    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.

  83. gragor11a

    September 9th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    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.

  84. sherryC

    September 5th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    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 !!

  85. rainy

    September 5th, 2013 at 8:32 am

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

  86. Eadesy Beadsy

    September 5th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    “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. 🙂

  87. Marla

    September 5th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    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!

  88. suburbanturmoil

    September 5th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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

  89. Ashley Lambert-Wise

    September 5th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    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.

  90. Ann

    September 5th, 2013 at 11:45 am

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

  91. suburbanturmoil

    September 5th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    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. 🙂

  92. gragor11a

    September 9th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

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

  93. albertabound

    September 5th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Do the aphids also get caught? I have both 🙁

  94. Carla

    September 5th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    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?

  95. Kate

    September 6th, 2013 at 5:33 am

    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.

  96. Bella

    September 6th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    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

  97. Emali Takapu Maka

    September 5th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

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

  98. Tina-Marie Coetzee

    September 5th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    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!

  99. Jane

    September 5th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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

  100. Tina-Marie Coetzee

    September 6th, 2013 at 3:41 am

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

  101. sarah

    September 6th, 2013 at 5:34 am

    copper based

  102. Jennifer Braun

    September 7th, 2013 at 3:21 pm


  103. purwaky cats

    September 8th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    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?

  104. Dana

    September 6th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

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

  105. Jenni Stevens

    September 7th, 2013 at 11:03 am

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

  106. Liz

    September 8th, 2013 at 11:06 am – 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!

  107. Violet Sunderland

    September 8th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

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

  108. Kathy Karns

    September 8th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    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

  109. Sandra

    September 5th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    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.

  110. Sandra

    September 5th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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

  111. Ronda

    September 5th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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

  112. gragor11a

    September 9th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    And your kids all have allergies and asthma, right?

  113. suburbanturmoil

    September 5th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    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.

  114. jed knight

    September 5th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I have always used brandy rather than apple cider vinegar.

  115. Brian

    September 5th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

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

  116. gragor11a

    September 9th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

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

  117. Gadget

    September 5th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    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..

  118. Yvan Dubois

    September 5th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    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.

  119. fruitflykiller

    September 5th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    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.

  120. Candace

    September 5th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

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

  121. erniebuck

    September 6th, 2013 at 3:19 pm


  122. Sandy Depew

    September 12th, 2013 at 12:48 pm


  123. Danika @ Your Organic Life

    September 12th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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

  124. duh

    June 12th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    You can use lol

  125. Dawn Christie-VanHorne

    April 4th, 2015 at 6:03 pm


  126. Patsy

    April 5th, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    This really works, have been using it for years.
    Mix it and forget it.

  127. Coreen Osborn

    October 2nd, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Mix and forget what

  128. mltram

    December 29th, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    You aren’t alone>>>> laughing out loud on this one…..I got a vision so, have to admit>>> I join you!!!! Bahahaaaaa

  129. Melitta

    September 13th, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Seriously…I think I became crazy too-they annoy the f%#ing crap out of me. I walk around with gloves and try to smash them…people say im nuts…. I also do the cup with the vinegar. I put hot water and close the kitchen drain to see if they come from there-WAAAA! I want to know where the hell do they come from???????

  130. happy2live

    September 27th, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    They actually can make you that way! lol

  131. amy lauderdale

    September 6th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I think I like your idea !!! lol

  132. Femmegrrrl

    September 6th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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

  133. kathy

    September 6th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

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

  134. Nattty

    September 6th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    This made me laugh so hard…

  135. Mike

    September 7th, 2013 at 11:28 am

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

  136. Krantzstone

    September 17th, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Banana peels? 😉

  137. GlambertTina

    September 7th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    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

  138. Elly Nafus

    September 8th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

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

  139. gragor11a

    September 9th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    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.

  140. Janni

    September 9th, 2013 at 1:05 am

    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..

  141. dani

    September 10th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I’d throw away the toaster

  142. Janni

    September 12th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Oooooh Yaaaaa!!! Yuck

  143. Amanda Howard

    September 10th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    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”

  144. Stephenie

    September 12th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    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?

  145. Janni

    September 12th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Awwww Poor Mouse – Tortured 🙁

  146. Earthy Mom

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Trade ya one toasted mouse for one grilled possum 🙂

  147. Maureen

    September 10th, 2013 at 7:38 am

    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.

  148. Kathy

    September 10th, 2013 at 8:53 am

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

  149. Monique

    September 10th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    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!

  150. Wanda Jackson

    September 11th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    would this work for food weevels,food bugs?

  151. rikki

    September 19th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    research food grade diatomaceous earth for fleas and weevels

  152. bsroon

    September 15th, 2013 at 12:35 am

    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.

  153. John Born

    September 22nd, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    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.

  154. bsroon

    September 23rd, 2013 at 12:05 am

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

  155. Angie

    September 24th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

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

  156. John Born

    September 24th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    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?

  157. Tammy Thompson

    October 15th, 2013 at 11:20 pm

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

  158. John Born

    October 21st, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    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.

  159. April Anderson

    September 25th, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    We all eat GMOs. EVERYTHING we eat, even the organic foods, has been altered from its original form. After all corn started out having only one kernel.

  160. tammy

    October 10th, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Most GMO’s are altered to incorporate poison into the plant so the bugs will die if they eat the plant. The poisons do not work as fast on us but they do eventually destroy our health. They attack our organs, notice how many organ transplants are done now? You probably don’t because it is kept quiet, but having been through that, I recognize there are hundreds of thousands just in the US that are dying from the destruction of their organs. Many countries have out lawed GMO’s because of the destructive element to our bodies

  161. Desiree

    October 20th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    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.

  162. John Born

    October 21st, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    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.

  163. Desiree

    October 23rd, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    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.

  164. John Born

    October 23rd, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    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.

  165. John Born

    October 21st, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    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.

  166. Dawn Tague

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    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.

  167. rikki

    September 19th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    research food grade diatomaceous earth

  168. liz953

    September 22nd, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    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.

  169. Tracey Burrows

    September 22nd, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    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…..

  170. SahraW

    September 24th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    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.

  171. linda

    September 10th, 2013 at 9:24 am

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

  172. GlambertTina

    September 10th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Oh Hell No!!!! Lol

  173. lil mac

    September 10th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

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

  174. Dawn Tague

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    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.

  175. Marti Bowker

    October 27th, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    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!

  176. Dawn Tague

    December 24th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    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!!!

  177. evangeline phillips

    July 4th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    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.

  178. doxie girl

    September 25th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    We live an hr south of Cleveland. We have those spiders, too! I say thy are the size of mice! And not the little mice, either. I scream bloody murder, then pull myself together & kill them with the end of a 4 ft landscape timber. I also scream while a smash it…like there is power in the scream!

  179. Marlene

    November 24th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

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

  180. arachnophobic-nerd

    November 25th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    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.

  181. archerman

    June 25th, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    google fishing spider – OMFG!!

  182. GlambertTina

    September 10th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Sounds like me lol

  183. Charylan

    September 12th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    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!

  184. mia

    September 23rd, 2013 at 11:27 pm


  185. Dawn Tague

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    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.

  186. arachnophobia-nerd

    November 25th, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    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.

  187. nancie

    September 11th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    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!

  188. Dawn Tague

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    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…

  189. Earthy Mom

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    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.

  190. Dawn Tague

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    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.

  191. liz953

    September 22nd, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    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.

  192. Tracey Burrows

    September 22nd, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    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

  193. alaskan-hornet-hater

    November 25th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    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)

  194. Jonnette Nielsen

    October 23rd, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Don’t kill the bees I have to do the same as your son but I won’t kill them. They are very useful for our food and everything else sorry to nag but its important not to kill them

  195. Nancy Oden

    September 20th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    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….

  196. Jonnette Nielsen

    October 23rd, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Don’t kill the bees we need them for everything

  197. julc

    October 16th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    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!

  198. Dawn Tague

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    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…

  199. Sarah

    September 18th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    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

  200. guru

    September 29th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    What’s a church fly?

  201. Elisabeth Cain

    October 20th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    don’t kill bees

  202. Thad Puckett

    September 22nd, 2013 at 2:07 pm

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

  203. ChuckK

    September 22nd, 2013 at 9:39 pm

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

  204. guest

    September 26th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

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

  205. Dawn Tague

    December 24th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

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

  206. victoria

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    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!

  207. Melanie

    September 25th, 2013 at 12:11 am

    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. 😛

  208. Sarah

    September 18th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

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

  209. Desiree

    October 20th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    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.

  210. mabel

    November 7th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

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

  211. Krantzstone

    September 17th, 2013 at 6:49 am

    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!

  212. Dawn Tague

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    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.

  213. Nancy Oden

    September 20th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    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!

  214. Linda

    September 21st, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    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!

  215. Wendy Dutcher

    September 7th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    do it in the microwave…its a lot quicker…

  216. Ashleigh

    September 13th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

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

  217. scott

    September 14th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    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.

  218. Vicki

    September 14th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    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.

  219. sarah

    September 19th, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I have done this as well with lots of success!

  220. happy2live

    September 27th, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    LOL, you have been doing this all week! hee hee

  221. Reinerchic

    September 18th, 2013 at 12:08 am

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

  222. fan of fruitflykiller

    September 27th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

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

  223. Desiree

    October 20th, 2013 at 11:40 am

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

  224. ~Annie~

    February 28th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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

  225. Helen

    September 21st, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I’ve actually opened my microwave after heating something and have had 1 or 2 fly out. My microwave is high wattage. What are the little irritants made of ?

  226. Coreen Osborn

    October 2nd, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Do what I could find what they suggested to do

  227. Jenna Boyd

    September 7th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Oh man, I laughed out loud, so hard!

  228. unclesamhain

    September 8th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    You got to start somewhere.

  229. JB

    September 8th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

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

  230. Felix

    September 8th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Hahahaha….where’s the like button?

  231. Linda D. Vetters

    September 15th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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

  232. Tammy Thompson

    October 15th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

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

  233. Grace Ray Gelinas

    September 8th, 2013 at 10:01 pm


  234. Christine Denissoff Schoch

    September 8th, 2013 at 11:04 pm


  235. disqus_IK4JLhzYdo

    September 9th, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I love it! Think Ill try it!

  236. Chef

    September 9th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I wouldn’t want to eat anything from your oven

  237. Dianne Ritter

    September 9th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    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.

  238. apple4teacher

    September 11th, 2013 at 1:26 am

    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.

  239. Vitalia Daza

    September 10th, 2013 at 12:19 pm


  240. Hannah

    September 10th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    hahaha this just made my day.

  241. Julie Major

    September 10th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

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

  242. Anita Foster Smith

    September 11th, 2013 at 2:27 am

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

  243. Jackie

    September 11th, 2013 at 11:03 am

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

  244. Alexis

    September 11th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    hahaha thats awesome!

  245. nancie

    September 11th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

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

  246. Esteban Contreras

    September 12th, 2013 at 2:40 am


  247. Percy Dercy

    September 12th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    You gave me a good laugh lol

  248. LuCha

    September 12th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    That is a scream!

  249. Donna Maucelli Marshall

    September 12th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

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

  250. Double Nickle

    September 12th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Do they go good with anchovies?

  251. Rebecca Reece

    September 13th, 2013 at 12:54 am

    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

  252. Kymmberlie Starr

    September 13th, 2013 at 4:02 am


  253. April Prissel

    September 13th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Thats AWESOME!!!!

  254. Alina

    September 16th, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Hahaha.. So funny! Little bastards 🙂

  255. Shakeema Simmons

    September 16th, 2013 at 9:43 am

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

  256. Crazed..

    September 16th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Is it wrong I wanna try that?

  257. Dawn Tague

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

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

  258. Shannon

    September 18th, 2013 at 3:12 am

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

  259. Dalton Mazipov

    September 18th, 2013 at 7:24 am

    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.


  260. Garrison Cohen

    September 18th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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

  261. heating up the oven

    September 18th, 2013 at 11:17 pm


  262. Keri

    September 20th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    lol…that’s hilarious!!!

  263. Gail Sanderson

    September 20th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I like this one I hate them worse than a fly

  264. CMadd

    September 21st, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Made me laugh!!!

  265. Muneca622

    September 21st, 2013 at 5:06 pm

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

  266. Amish Al

    September 22nd, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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

  267. Katy

    September 23rd, 2013 at 1:59 pm


  268. mencar

    September 25th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

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

  269. Kat Smith

    September 26th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    THAT is the best i have heard yet…lmao

  270. fan of fruitflykiller

    September 27th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    that made me LOL!

  271. Doug Terpening

    September 28th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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

  272. Bluthar

    September 28th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

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

  273. BobbyShelton

    September 28th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Their name is Fruit Fly Killer! BAHAHAHAHA!

  274. allelectric50

    September 30th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

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

  275. guest

    October 1st, 2013 at 1:19 am

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

  276. Susan Wilson

    October 8th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

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

  277. Barbara Matthews

    October 12th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

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

  278. Judy Strachila

    October 14th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    OMG That is funny! HAHAHAHA

  279. Amazed

    October 15th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    OMG, just tooooo hilarious!!

  280. Angel of Death

    October 26th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Microwave is quicker…

  281. Fed up in Tennessee

    November 1st, 2013 at 7:53 am

    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!

  282. Mary Lou Flood

    November 11th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    LOL…good one!

  283. Marlene

    November 24th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

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

  284. that-guy-with-a-windowless-van

    November 25th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

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

  285. Tom R

    November 29th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    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)

  286. Dawn Tague

    December 24th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    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…

  287. Bob Bruman

    December 31st, 2013 at 8:09 pm

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

  288. Amanda

    January 6th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    That sounds awesome lol

  289. zelcat

    January 13th, 2014 at 7:31 am

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

  290. Mrsjd Sanchez

    February 16th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    LMAO I love this I guess you just had enough lol

  291. Rae

    February 21st, 2014 at 11:06 am

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

  292. Robyn

    March 7th, 2014 at 9:05 am

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

  293. Topher Harris

    April 12th, 2014 at 3:20 pm


  294. Ron

    May 12th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    That’s a good one!

  295. Kim

    July 4th, 2014 at 12:49 pm


  296. Avila Campbell

    September 16th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    too funny but hey whatever works right LOL

  297. Sarah Pretty Dynasty

    September 20th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    LOVE! LOL!

  298. Guest

    April 5th, 2015 at 11:19 am


  299. Maranatha2011

    April 28th, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Hysterical! But, yuck. 😀 😀

  300. Paul Emmett

    May 1st, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Will that work in the microwave?

  301. Life of Pies

    June 19th, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you so much. Genius.

  302. Liz Kole

    August 3rd, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    now i have a backup plan when i run out of vinegar LOL 🙂

  303. christine delguercio

    September 6th, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    LOVE YOUR IDEA ???? hahaha that’s great

  304. happy2live

    September 27th, 2015 at 3:50 pm


  305. Pat Flynn

    October 22nd, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Thanks for the early guffaws of laughter, I am still laughing, minutes later.

  306. Tracy Wisneski

    September 5th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

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

  307. Tracy Wisneski

    September 5th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    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.

  308. suburbanturmoil

    September 5th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    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.

  309. Tracy Wisneski

    September 5th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    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!

  310. suburbanturmoil

    September 5th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks. 🙂

  311. CJ

    September 5th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    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.

  312. gragor11a

    September 9th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    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…

  313. Sheryl Williams

    September 5th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    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.

  314. Chris

    September 5th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    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.

  315. connie

    September 5th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    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.

  316. gragor11a

    September 9th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

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

  317. Michael Burgess

    September 5th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    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!

  318. Jennifer Braun

    September 7th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    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.

  319. Christiana Equality Bradshaw

    September 5th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    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.


    September 6th, 2013 at 3:30 am


  321. Tlcfan53

    September 6th, 2013 at 6:13 am

    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..

  322. matt bell

    September 6th, 2013 at 6:50 am

    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.

  323. GeoSol

    September 6th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    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.

  324. David

    September 6th, 2013 at 10:04 am

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

  325. GreatGrany5

    September 6th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    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.

  326. Dorothea

    September 6th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    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 ….

  327. snowflake

    September 6th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    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!

  328. Carmen

    September 6th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    off to by Apple Cider Vinegar! Thx!!!

  329. Jonno

    September 6th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    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.

  330. johnrmccommas

    September 6th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    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.

  331. Heal Me Naturally (fb and P)

    September 6th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    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.

  332. Dee

    September 6th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    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.

  333. winniecooper

    September 6th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    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.

  334. Robyn

    September 6th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    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

  335. Jeff Hiltz

    September 6th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

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

  336. Ken

    September 7th, 2013 at 1:35 am

    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!)

  337. AlissaL

    September 7th, 2013 at 3:46 am

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

  338. Localgrace

    September 7th, 2013 at 7:48 am

    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!!!

  339. Mo Bock

    September 7th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    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.

  340. ecira

    September 7th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    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.

  341. A

    September 7th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I’ve had good success with balsamic vinegar.

  342. Kimberley

    September 7th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I use the same method, but without the water.

  343. bugged

    September 7th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Does this work with gnats as well?

  344. anonymama

    September 7th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    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.

  345. oblivioustothisfruitfly

    September 7th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

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

  346. Jmama

    September 7th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    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

  347. Robert Dall

    September 7th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Yes I have had much luck with that solution as well.

  348. bUg'd

    September 7th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    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.

  349. suburbanturmoil

    September 7th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    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.

  350. Nikki Lussier

    September 7th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    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.


    September 7th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

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

  352. Beans

    September 7th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    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!

  353. Shawn L. Bird

    September 8th, 2013 at 12:47 am

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

  354. Diane U

    September 8th, 2013 at 2:29 am

    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.

  355. Munchpuppymom

    September 8th, 2013 at 6:06 am

    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!

  356. Gwen

    September 8th, 2013 at 6:36 am

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

  357. jay_jay

    September 8th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    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

  358. Karen Bernaix Bailey

    September 8th, 2013 at 8:17 am

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

  359. SWC1955

    September 8th, 2013 at 9:05 am

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

  360. Karl Tricamo

    September 8th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Spiders hate mint. Peppermint, spearmint, etc.

  361. Authentic Canadian

    September 8th, 2013 at 9:58 am

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

  362. Authentic Canadian

    September 8th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    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.

  363. Selina Grissom

    September 8th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    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… 🙂

  364. Anita Dueis

    September 8th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    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.

  365. Sceptic

    September 8th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    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.

  366. Cinzia

    September 8th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Mine are REALLY refined… I use red wine.

  367. gary

    September 8th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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

  368. fruit fly rancher

    September 8th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    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… 🙂

  369. bella

    September 8th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Works with any vinegar

  370. chris

    September 8th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    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. 😉

  371. Kathi Simon Whitney Buchta

    September 8th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

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

  372. Willow Bank Picnics

    September 8th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    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!

  373. Debby Couture

    September 8th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

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

  374. Tanya

    September 8th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

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

  375. Amy Bourke

    September 8th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    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!

  376. Debi Blonjeaux

    September 8th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    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!

  377. kelly Merrill

    September 8th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

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

  378. Renee

    September 8th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    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.

  379. AnnetteAben

    September 9th, 2013 at 6:47 am

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

  380. Keri

    September 9th, 2013 at 8:20 am

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

  381. info seeker

    September 9th, 2013 at 9:48 am

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

    info seeker

  382. KJB

    September 9th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    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!!

  383. quackycat

    September 9th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Did not work for me

  384. fishgirl

    September 9th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    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.

  385. Big Mike

    September 9th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

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

  386. Dee

    September 9th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    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.

  387. Darlene Chappell-Gabagambi

    September 9th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

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

  388. Justin Macpherson

    September 10th, 2013 at 12:26 am

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

  389. DarkStar77

    September 10th, 2013 at 7:02 am

    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!)

  390. Never_Speechless

    September 10th, 2013 at 7:02 am

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

  391. DarkStar77

    September 10th, 2013 at 7:03 am

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

  392. katerbug72

    September 10th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    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!

  393. Kathy

    September 10th, 2013 at 8:56 am

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

  394. linda

    September 10th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    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.

  395. schmidlap

    September 10th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    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.

  396. Trenton

    September 10th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    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.

  397. calypso985

    September 10th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    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!

  398. SEMPER FI

    September 10th, 2013 at 2:47 pm


  399. Just Plain Bill

    September 10th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    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.

  400. Nicole

    September 10th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    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 🙂

  401. Johnny 5

    September 10th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    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!!

  402. Sally Quick

    September 10th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    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.

  403. ASR, CRT in Alabama

    September 10th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    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.

  404. nan

    September 10th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    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.

  405. Cp fun

    September 10th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

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

  406. Derrick

    September 11th, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Beer works, too.

  407. Bev

    September 11th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    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!

  408. Dale Lorna Denison

    September 11th, 2013 at 9:46 am

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

  409. Renee

    September 11th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    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.

  410. Paula

    September 11th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    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.

  411. Jesceeanne

    September 11th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    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.

  412. cronos w. spoiler

    September 11th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    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.

  413. CheyKaycee

    September 11th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

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

  414. Helene

    September 11th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    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!

  415. Alycia

    September 12th, 2013 at 8:02 am

    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.

  416. happy kathy

    September 12th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    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!

  417. CityGirl

    September 12th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    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!

  418. Eve Rabi Author

    September 12th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Great tip. 🙂 🙂

  419. Barbara Norman

    September 13th, 2013 at 1:21 am

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

  420. LadyNomNom

    September 13th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Other vinegar works fine.

  421. Greg Kaml

    September 13th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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

  422. fruitflykilla

    September 13th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    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!

  423. Amber Gallegos

    September 14th, 2013 at 12:40 am

    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.

  424. Phyllis

    September 14th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    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.

  425. Chelatenous

    September 15th, 2013 at 8:11 am

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

  426. ReasonablyLogically

    September 15th, 2013 at 10:17 am

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

  427. Debbzze

    September 16th, 2013 at 1:09 am

    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!

  428. bambam

    September 16th, 2013 at 6:44 am

    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

  429. Colgate

    September 16th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    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.


    September 16th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    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.

  431. Ted Thxsla

    September 16th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    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.

  432. suz

    September 16th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    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…

  433. Denise

    September 16th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    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

  434. Sandra Ann Phillips

    September 17th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    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!

  435. Jll2013

    September 17th, 2013 at 11:17 am

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

  436. geiche

    September 17th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    why you kill em when theyr harmless

  437. annademo

    September 22nd, 2013 at 2:44 pm

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

  438. Kim's Kitchen Sink

    September 17th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    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.

  439. lesego montsho

    September 18th, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Apple cider vinegar is the one

  440. فرسان العربي

    September 18th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    اهلا بك ممكن اتعرف عليك على الياهوh_hani39

  441. Dawn Tague

    September 17th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    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

  442. Shannon

    September 18th, 2013 at 3:14 am

    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!

  443. Vivian

    September 18th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    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.

  444. Kristin Bennett

    September 18th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I’m so going to try this…

  445. thinkerman

    September 18th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    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.

  446. art abrahams

    September 18th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

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

  447. elmware

    September 19th, 2013 at 12:12 am

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

  448. beachdude

    September 19th, 2013 at 7:13 am

    does this work for toilet flies too?

  449. FruitFlyMaster

    September 19th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    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.

  450. FORMER Sudburian

    September 20th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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

  451. sus

    September 20th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    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.

  452. Jody Hannah

    September 20th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    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!!

  453. Me

    September 20th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    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!

  454. Jen

    September 21st, 2013 at 7:48 am

    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.

  455. momma stahr

    September 21st, 2013 at 9:48 am

    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!

  456. Downhilljill

    September 21st, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    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

  457. Muneca622

    September 21st, 2013 at 5:08 pm

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

  458. ttyy rree

    September 21st, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    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…..

  459. Shawn Snyder

    September 22nd, 2013 at 5:59 am

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

  460. DondaLonda

    September 22nd, 2013 at 8:43 am

    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!

  461. ginny

    September 22nd, 2013 at 11:58 am

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

  462. Teague

    September 22nd, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    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!

  463. Dave DuBose

    September 22nd, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    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.

  464. shoo flies

    September 22nd, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    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…

  465. Paul Izzo

    September 22nd, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    red wine works as well

  466. annademo

    September 22nd, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    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).

  467. musterion

    September 22nd, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Any solutions for chinese stinkbugs?

  468. doodlebugger

    September 22nd, 2013 at 3:46 pm

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

  469. SaraB55

    September 22nd, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    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.

  470. moth-er

    September 22nd, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    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.

  471. shafeke

    September 22nd, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    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.

  472. venusvelvet

    September 23rd, 2013 at 12:27 am

    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.

  473. Dianne J Cameron Chisholm

    September 23rd, 2013 at 8:19 am

    This works so well.

  474. Bugs

    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Does anyone have anything for Centipedes

  475. Jd Schooley

    September 23rd, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    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.

  476. CJ

    September 23rd, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    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.

  477. Carolynn

    September 24th, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Personally, I like the hairspray and lighter method 🙂

  478. Rhonda Godfrey

    September 25th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    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!

  479. Joe

    September 28th, 2013 at 2:05 am

    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.

  480. Linda L.

    September 30th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    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!!

  481. Deafracer

    October 2nd, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    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.

  482. Karma

    October 9th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

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

  483. Karma

    October 9th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    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?

  484. Average Joe

    January 29th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

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

  485. sportschick

    October 10th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    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)

  486. Linda A Szatmary

    October 14th, 2013 at 10:23 pm


  487. RachaelB

    October 16th, 2013 at 3:13 am

    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.

  488. Elisabeth Cain

    October 20th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    please don’t kill honeybees or bumble bees.


    October 28th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    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.

  490. David Edell

    October 31st, 2013 at 2:16 am

    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.

  491. heather brooks

    November 4th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    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

  492. mad scientist

    November 5th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    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 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 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.

  493. lorraine savoca

    November 6th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

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

  494. Ruby M. Tuesday

    November 8th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    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! 😀
    (corny, i know- but there will be some appreciators out there, i’m sure!) <3

  495. daxxed

    November 11th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    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….

  496. Mike

    November 23rd, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    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”?

  497. Jill Lewis

    December 9th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    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.

  498. Linda

    December 5th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

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

  499. pjette57

    December 17th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    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!

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    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

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  503. DENISE

    January 6th, 2014 at 9:56 am

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

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  505. Jesophiah

    January 9th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

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

  506. Nutmegballs

    March 27th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    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.

  507. Bill.

    March 27th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    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.

  508. Ruth

    April 9th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    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.

  509. Topher Harris

    April 26th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    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!

  510. suburbanturmoil

    April 26th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    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.

  511. Topher Harris

    April 26th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    It has been hours. It isn’t working.

  512. suburbanturmoil

    April 26th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

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

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    April 26th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    What the hell are drain flies?

  514. Topher Harris

    April 26th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

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

  515. Trixie

    July 4th, 2014 at 11:01 am

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

  516. April Anderson

    September 25th, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    cover with plastic wrap and poke tiny holes in it with a fork or tooth pick and then be patient

  517. mar

    May 9th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    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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    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.

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    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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    August 28th, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I did an experiment: apple cider vinegar does not work as well as red wine and red wine does not work as well as fruit juice. I cover the jar with plastic wrap and punch a few small holes in it with a sharp knife. They get in but can’t get out.

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    September 16th, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Use apple cider vinegar but put saran wrap around the top of a cup tightly and tape it or use an elastic band, Then just poke holes in the saran wrap with a toothpick, they can climb in but can’t get out. The bubbles from the dish soap will eventually disappear but saran wrap wont.

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    This has to be the funniest thing I have read in a long time….thanks for the laugh everyone………for those of you that have an ample supply of fruit flies and spend hours and days chasing them have you thought of finding the source and eliminating that……maybe better house keeping would help……they are around because they have a food souce,,,,,,get rid of the overripe fruit,,,,,check ]for the grapes you have dropped and have rolled under the fridge,,,,,,and stop playing basketball with the banana peels,,,,,,your house does not the be like the biology lab , where you actually cultivated a mass of the little buggars and called it your science project

  536. karen

    September 17th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I put apple cider vinegar in a bowl cover it with saran wrap..punch holes in the saran wrap with a toothpick….works like a charm…they go in but dont come out!!!

  537. xZombiePinUpGirlx .

    September 17th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Get a can with the lid or a jar you can poke a hole in the lid of, poke a hole in it just big enough for the flies to get in using a nail. Fill with cider vinegar and drop of dish soap. Voila. Don’t have to keep it bubbly this way.

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    September 17th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

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  539. JB Anthony

    September 21st, 2014 at 9:59 am

    You can use most types of vinegar not just Apple cider vinegar …. And so you have some fruit flies in your house …. Big deal …. It doesn’t make life unbearable or ruin your meal as written above !!
    Give me a break …

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    I always noticed when I make myself hot tea with honey and sugar I’ll have to toss it since there I’d so many fruit flies in it. I would make my teabthen cover it with aluminum foil as I drank it. Then I was like hold on wait! I made cups of it and put them around my plants just to catch the fruit flies. I’d let it sit there a day or two then I’d make more. Works wonders. Just hard with plants cause the moist soil is where they like to lay eggs. If you let the soil dry up as you do the teacups it works wonders!

  541. r0amingr0ck

    September 30th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Very successful using wine in a small tumbler type glass. Cover it with wax paper that is rubber banded to the top. Poke many holes in the wax paper cover. They get in, but can’t get out. They eventually fall into the liquid and drown. Couldn’t count the many, many knats and fruit flies that were drowned. Its embarrassing to know that there were that many in the house.

  542. Bobby N Chell Riha

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    actually white vinegar works also and by itself I have a bottle with a small tip on it was going to use it for cooking but not now- it is full of fruit flies

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    My fruit flies came by feeding off the potatoes that were stored in the basket on the kitchen floor. Of course they settle on everything else around so it wasn’t easy to pinpoint the source. Once the potatoes went off to the fridge, the vultures are poof, gone.

    Of course prior to that I was chasing them with a bottle of all purpose cleaner that kills them on contact. Pull the trigger, spray, boom.

    I’ve heard about the vinegar treatment, however this won’t eliminate fruit flies. It will just kill a few of them. You might as well leave a cup filled with plain water that will do just the same. It’s like taking aspirin for a toothache versus going to the dentist.

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  580. April Anderson

    September 25th, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Half an inch of apple cider or red wine in the bottle of a glass covered with cling wrap poked with tiny holes from a tooth pick work just as well too.

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  582. Loesa Weebothee

    October 4th, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I have used apple cider vinegar and white vinegar, both with the same result. I have never added water just vinegar and dish soap

  583. wizzzzzzzz

    October 6th, 2015 at 8:50 am

    poke tiny
    holes in cellophane over a small jar of apple cider vinegar they get trapped as well and you only need to change it every 24 hrs or so…works well

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    October 14th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    This works great, I have done it and you really do catch bunches, but they also get in your drains and breed there…It’s best if you also pour scalding hot water followed by bleach down the drains and then cover them to kill the remaining eggs…

  585. Jonnette Nielsen

    October 23rd, 2015 at 11:41 am

    A easier way is to take a plastic cup put a piece of fruit in it and put plastic wrap on top pull it tight and put a tooth pick size hole in it. the fruit flies can get in but not out. I have tried this and no more bugs to drive you crazy.

  586. Ann Ononomouse

    November 9th, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Just put ACV in a clear plastic container and poke small holes in the top. It works the same way and they drown in it.

  587. lizy

    December 23rd, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    thanks so much so helpful!

  588. John Crooks

    January 13th, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Use any clean jar with a plastic lid and drill tiny holes in the top. Put old banana peels in the jar and leave near the swarm of fruit flies. The flies check in but they don’t check out. When most of the flies are in the jar, put the jar in the bathroom sink and run hot water through the holes. Then poured the whole mess into the toilet and flushed them away. Repeat the process until all the flies are gone.

  589. John Crooks

    January 13th, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Use any clean jar with a plastic lid and drill tiny holes in the top. Put old banana peels in the jar and leave near the swarm of fruit flies. The flies check in but they don’t check out. When most of the flies are in the jar, put the jar in the bathroom sink and run hot water through the holes. Then poured the whole mess into the toilet and flushed them away. Repeat the process until all the flies are gone.

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    March 2nd, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Just put out 3 jars upstairs and one in bathroom……sure hoping it works…..

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    April 11th, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Thank You all for making me feel Less Crazy and Alone in this whole Fruit flies and bugs psycho behavior I have from Late Spring into Fall trying to rid my house of these Damn things.. I have felt so alone and always ask “Is it just my house that all these fruit flies invade? Do other people have this deal going on”? I can see I’m not alone in my craziness … so many Hilarious comments… Thank You for making me laugh about what I almost cry about every year…

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