We managed to make it through the summer entirely fruit fly free…until now.
I forgot to empty our Bio Bags Max Air Composting Bucket, and before I knew it these pesky little flies found their way into the bucket, and were hovering around every other piece of fruit in the kitchen- yuck!
So what’s an eco-crazy mom to do with a kitchen full of fruit flies?
Well, call me crazy, but a bunch of fly paper strips hanging around the kitchen just didn’t sound very attractive, or sanitary. I knew there had to be a more natural, earth friendly way to get rid of these little pests, and I was determined to find it!
Thankfully the solution was as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Fill a glass mason jar (or any jar) with about an inch of apple cider vinegar.
2. Create a paper funnel, snipping a small opening at the end, and place it inside the jar just above the A.C.V.
3. Place jar near fruit (or compost bucket in my case), and the fruit flies will fly in, get trapped, and drown.
Problem solved. And yes, it really works!
Best of all you aren’t using any toxic chemicals or a plastic mass-produced contraption designed to catch the flies. Once again, mother nature prevails!
I also asked some other eco-crazy moms to share their tips on our Facebook Page, here are their tips…
Amber: I have placed a jar of vinegar mixed with a little sugar in the kitchen with saran wrap as a lid. I poked tiny holes in it and caught most of the fruit flies. Worked like a charm.
Katherine: Get rid of what’s attracting them.
Julie: Pour vinegar in a bowl , cover it with saranwrap, poke holes in the top and within a few minutes, they start gathering and trap themselves in the bowl and DIE ! hahaha
Tina: I use a small cup, add 1/8 cup of apple cider vinegar and tsp of dr. bronner’s liquid soap. I cover the cup with plastic wrap and poke holes in the top. I have one in the kitchen, one by indoor plants, and one in the bathroom. I change the solution once a week.
Ruth: Same idea as Amber – I use apple cider vinegar in a small jar. Roll a piece of paper into a cone and place it so there is just a small hole leading into the jar, making sure not to touch the vinegar. It takes a couple of days for them to find their way in, but it works!
RyanEmily: Wash your fruit as soon as you get home. My mother in law was told that the fly larva is already on the fruit and once they get to a warmer environment (your home) they come out. Haven’t researched it but it works.
Sharon: I have done the vinegar thing too and it does work. I have also done fruit that has rotten and I would put it in a bowl with saranwrap over it and poke the holes. You will be surprised how many you will catch.
Kathleen D.: Vinegar and dish soap
Kristy: Since it’s my kombucha attracting them, I use a little of that with some dish soap in it. The dish soap breaks the surface tension so they get pulled in rather than standing on the surface.
Kristi: We had a problem with them one fall. My mom took a pumpkin (was an old rotting jack-o-lantern)…she left it in a roasting pan for a day (collecting all the flies) then put it in the over and roasted it! Then threw away the pumpkin filled with the dead flies.
Melissa: Apple cider vinegar in a small jar, mix in a little honey. Poke some small holes in the lid and set it near where the fruit flies are. They’ll get trapped in the jar and die.
Rachel: I always suck them up with the vacuum
How do you get rid of fruit flies in your home without the use of toxins or nasty fly paper? Please leave a comment and share!Terri
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