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How to get rid of fruit flies in kitchen

Updated on June 19, 2013
Fruit flies
Fruit flies

Fruit flies

Fruit fly also known as vinegar fly and is about 1/8 inch in length. Fruit flies are especially attracted to ripened fruitsand vegetables. Some of the fruits and veggies include bananas, grapes, melons, squash, tomatoes, onions and potatoes. These insects usually breed in garbage containers, slime in the drains, empty bottles, cans, mops and cleaning rags. The best way to avoid problems with fruit flies is to eliminate sources of attraction. Produce which has ripened should be eaten, discarded or refrigerated. Below you will find how to get rid of fruit flies in kitchen.

How to get rid of fruit flies using apple cider vinegar
How to get rid of fruit flies using apple cider vinegar

 Getting rid of fruit flies with apple cider vinegar # 1

Things you need:

  • Small jar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Few drops of dish soap


How to get rid of fruit flies with apple cider vinegar:

1.Take a clean jar and add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar.

2.To this add few drops of dish soap. Then set it where you see the most fruit flies. Depending on the amount of flies you have, you can see the jar fill up with flies in just a few hours.

Use bananas to get rid of fruit flies
Use bananas to get rid of fruit flies

 Getting rid of fruit flies with bananas and apple # 2:

Things you need:

  • Small chunks of banana
  • Small container
  • Plastic wrap


Take a small junk of banana or apple and place inside a small container. Cover with a plastic wrap over the top of the jar. Take a pencil and poke 4 tiny holes in the plastic wrap. Keep the jar where you see the most flies. Remember to keep the holes small. If the holes are big, they can fly out. This is another easy method to get rid of fruit flies in kitchen.

Tips to get rid of fruit flies:

1. Clean kitchen surfaces and countertops daily. Wipe up sauces and spills immediately.

2. Cover the fruits and veggies with plastic wrap. Dried fruits such as raisins, dates and prunes are favorite attractants.

3. Always discard all overripe fruit.

How to get rid of fruit flies:

How to get rid of fruit flies:


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    • gingersmaltese profile image


      5 years ago from 27597

      finally got rid of those gnats! Wish I had read this sooner. My mom uses something that looks like a glass honeydipper and it works well for them. We finally got rid of them after leaving a bowl of vinegar out and it was full to the top. The vinegar smell was so smelly though.

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      Karen Metz 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I had a problem with fruit flies last fall when my mom gave me a bushel of apples and they ripened way too fast and I didn't know it. I had hundreds of fruit flies in my house. I wish I had your suggestions then! The kids and I took turns every day with the vaccum. I told the kids they had to get at least 50 a day and eventually (after about a week or more) we got rid of them...boy were they annoying!

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      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Great suggestions I have used both methods. For the first one I would suggest plastic wrap as well and poke holes in so that the fruit flies get trapped. Great hub!


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