Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fruit Flies - GROSS

My bananas that were waiting to be made into banana bread waited a little too long...and then there were fruit flies. Overnight. They appeared overnight and I swear those little bugs multiply as they are flying!! If you've ever had them (I really hope I'm not the only one), you know what I am talking about! Here's a great tip for getting rid of them...and quickly.

You will need DISH SOAP and APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. Not white vinegar, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. If you're wondering what else you would ever use apple cider vinegar for, I have a great recipe to share! Not in this post...something about telling you how to get rid of fruit flies and sharing a recipe in the same post just doesn't seem right.

First, throw out whatever fruit is attracting the flies and remove it from your house. YES, all the way OUTSIDE. Then, put about 3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar into a small bowl. Add a few drops of dish soap. Now, find a spot near where the flies are swarming to set the bowl and leave overnight.

This is what you should find in the morning. All those little brown spots are fruit flies. I know, GROSS!! But, it works. Really works. All you do know is dump it and bye-bye flies!! Oh,
and I would suggest lighting a candle or something for a bit afterwards. Apple Cider Vinegar leaves a STRONG smell after being left out all night!
Are you wondering why this works? I did. Yes, I actually took the time to google it for you lovely people. Here's what I found. "Fruit flies are attracted to the smell of the vinegar and will attempt to land on its surface. However, they're in for a surprise - since the dish soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar, the flies fall in and drown." Nice.


  1. You are definitely not the only one Shannon! We had an outbreak at the beginning of summer...also with bananas waiting to be made into banana bread. Used the same trick but with balsamic vinegar since it's all I had that wasn't white! It works too by the way! Hope they all go away very soon.

  2. Gonna try this tonight because they are swarming everywhere! But I can't find the source. Don't have any old bananas or fruit...that I'm aware of!

  3. YAY! I'm also trying this TONIGHT! I eliminated the source days ago (apple cores waiting to go to compost) but they are still here! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I am giving this to my daughter. They have them in her apartment and can't seem to get rid of them. They usually swarm around the trash can but the trash gets taken out. They keep coming back or never left.

  5. Great idea, i will definitely have to try this...

  6. I don't use the dish liquid, but have always used the apple cider vinegar but placed it in a glass jar with lid. Poke holes in the lid with an ice pick, they fly in and can't get out. My Mom taught me this years ago and I use it every year.