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Everyday Cheapskate: 6 Super Easy Ways to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Mary Hunt on

Fruit flies are amazing, and by that I mean amazingly annoying! These tiny creatures can detect the smell of ripe fruits and vegetables from miles away. If there's a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, there's probably a fruit fly or two looking for a way into your home to get to it. They're so small they can get in through window screens or crevices around windows and doors.

Once inside, they reproduce like crazy. All it takes is one pregnant fruit fly to get in, and before you know it, you're dealing with a full-fledged fruit fly infestation. I know. I've been battling this problem, too!

If you're tired of fruit flies taking over, start by tossing out anything overripe. Next, clean the muck from your sink drains*, and eliminate wet sponges, mops and the like. Then try one of these effective remedies to banish fruit flies from your home. Those disgusting little flies are no match for these super easy traps and potent potions!


A small glass bowl

Plastic wrap


Apple cider vinegar (no substitute, please)

Liquid dishwashing detergent

Pour some apple cider vinegar into the bowl. Add 1 drop of liquid dishwashing detergent. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, pulling the wrap back just a tiny bit at one edge to allow for entry.

Don't skip any of these steps. The apple cider vinegar by itself has significant surface tension. That means the flies can actually walk on the surface, take a sip and then use it for a runway to take off. The soap breaks that surface tension, and the plastic wrap helps make sure those suckers get hopelessly trapped.


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