How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Fruit Flies are the bane of any kitchen - they invade your home, eat your food, and try their best to fly into your mouth while you least expect it. I found a great, easy way to get rid of these little pests, so, if like me you often find fruit flies in your kitchen, you will love this little trap.

Step 1 - Don't be so attractive

If you can, try to get rid of whatever is attracting your Fruit Fly infestations - The most common culprits are bowls of fruit. Fruit Flies are attracted to ripe fruit and they can smell it from quite far away. If you have a bowl of fruit in your kitchen, chances are that you also have at least a few Fruit Flies buzzing around. If they don't smell anything they like, these insects will leave you alone. If you want to stop attracting Fruit Flies, you could put your fruit under a cover, put it in a container, or store it in your fridge.

If you find Fruit Flies swarming around your bin, you should tie a knot in the bag and put it outside. This is very important because these insects lay eggs in your rubbish. So, if you don't take care of this quickly, the eggs might hatch and you will have a lot more Fruit Flies to deal with.

Of course, you can't always get rid of everything that they like - Fruit Flies are also attracted to things like baking bread and cat food. If this is the source of your problem, don't beat yourself up about it, just try to limit the amount of time you leave them out in the open.

Step 2 - Get everything you need to build your trap.

This is a very short list:

  1. A See-Through Container. This can be any kind of container - a glass jar, a plastic take-away box. Today, I'm going to use a mason jar.
  2. Cling Film
  3. A Rubber Band
  4. A Tooth Pick
  5. Bait

A Note About Bait: Fruit Flies are attracted to ripe or fermenting fruits and vegetables. I have found 3 great baits that you can use to entice these annoying insects.

  1. Over-Ripe Fruit. This is the obvious answer. If you already have this in your home, it is probably what the Fruit Flies are after anyway.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar. They love the fermented apples that go into making this kind of vinegar. If you use this as bait, you should heat it up for about 10 seconds in your microwave first - this helps to spread the smell that will draw them into your trap.
  3. Balsamic Vinaigrette. This is the bait I have had the most luck with - Fruit Flies are attracted to the grape juice used to make this kind of vinaigrette. If you heat it up and put it in your trap, your infestation will be gone in no time. Who knew Fruit Flies were so classy?

Step 3 - Put the Bait in your container

You don't need to use a lot. If you are attracting them with fruit, just a small amount will do. If you are using Vinegar or Vinaigrette, you should just use enough to cover the bottom of your container.

Step 4 - Make a cover for your trap

Cover your container with cling film and use your rubber band to hold it in place.

Step 5 - make small holes in you cling film

This is why you need something like a tooth pick. Make a lot of little holes in your cling film - the more holes you have, the easier it is for them to crawl in. Your holes should be big enough for them to crawl through, but don't give them enough room to fly out. Fruit flies can land on cling film but they can't hold onto it. This means that they can't hang on to the bottom of your cover and climb out - the only way they could get out is if they have an opening big enough to fly through.

Step 6 - Place the trap at the source of the problem

If they swarm around your bin, put your trap next to your bin. If they like to fly around you fridge, place your trap next to your fridge. If there is already something in your home that the Fruit Flies are attracted to, it might mask the smell of your trap, so try to make it very easy for them to catch the scent by putting it in a place that they already like to go.

That's it - a simple and effective trap to help keep your kitchen clear of Fruit Flies. Good Luck.