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You just bought some bananas or other fresh fruit at the market recently. Now you are seeing tiny spots before your eyes. Your kitchen is enveloped in a haze of tiny flying bugs. You probably have fruit flies. This is a guide about getting rid of fruit flies.
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By 13 found this helpful
August 19, 2011

I choose a pretty small vase that I can leave on the counter. Place a piece of banana or apple inside the vase, and wrap the top with plastic wrap. Poke a couple of small holes in the top, and leave beside the fruit basket. The flies will be drawn to the fruit in the vase - they'll walk right in through the holes, but they won't walk out.
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After you have caught numerous flies, you can hold the container under the tap, and put water through the holes. Turn the vase upside down and the flies will drown. You can then take off the plastic, clean, and redo. Good Luck.

By Sutle from North Vancouver, British Columbia

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September 22, 20131 found this helpful

Be careful when using fruit. When the fruit rots, the flies will lay eggs and maggots will begin to appear, beginning another cycle of life. DO NOT combine bleach with the rotten fruit (especially banana). A chemical reaction takes place causing foam to appear and heat to generate. The fumes are horrible.

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By 2 found this helpful
October 5, 2006

This will rid your house of them for good. I use it constantly.

They flies will be attracted to the 'ripening apple scent' dive in and the soap washes the wax coating off their bodies and they drown. A favorite thing for my kids to do is to count how many we catch EVERY DAY. This is a fail safe natural and VERY simple method to rid your house of them. Good luck!

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October 5, 20060 found this helpful

Put it in a wine bottle. (You could use any bottle with a long neck.). The fruit flies get in but they can't get out!

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October 7, 20060 found this helpful

Wow, folks, I do hope this really WORKS! It sounds so wonderful to get rid of them cheaply! I am so disappointed that some variety of mosquito has now developed a resistance to my wild field of Society Garlic, but is repelled when I use old original Listerine on my skin prior to going out to harvest the garlic. For years, we had NO pests/flies, etc., but now they seem to be back!

Thanks for the good advice/formula. I'll likely try it.

God bless you. ":)

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October 7, 20060 found this helpful

I do the same but use apple cider vinegar and it saves a step :0) ... Also... I put in small cup with plastic wrap... Keeps the little buggers in there

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October 9, 20060 found this helpful

I'm a little confused. I can understand the concept but why do the fruit flies keep coming in your house. Could it be that the formula is attracting them? Just curious.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 13, 20060 found this helpful

its the fruit on the kitchen table! :-) and its not all the time, just in the season that they're most annoying. The colder weather tends to keep them away more. It does work great though. I use it when I see them, not all the time. :-)

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 22, 20070 found this helpful

I have tried the apple cider vinegar and soap. It works GREAT!!! I love to have fruit around, but hate to put it in the fridge all the time. This has cured the situation.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Fantastic: Tried it and got rid of them all. Now I don't have to worry about buying extra fruit and eat it all as it ripens. Thanks a million, they were driving us crazy but did not want to give up the fruit.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 8, 20070 found this helpful

I am trying the apple cider vinegar and hope it works. I don't usually have a problem because I always wash all my fruit as soon as I get home from the grocery store. Unfortunately, I had 2 mangos in a basket on the counter to ripen and didn't realize the bottoms were rotting. I kept seeing all the flies and was wondering where they were coming from until I looked at the fruit. YIKES!!

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 1, 20080 found this helpful

I heard that either basil leaves or bay leaves left in a bowl or glass on your counter will keep the fruit flies away can someone tell me if this is true?

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June 21, 2007

If you are plagued by those pesky little fruit flies and do not want to use chemical sprays in your kitchen, try this. Pour grape juice or red wine in a small container - about 1/3 full, cover the top with plastic wrap and punch holes in it large enough for the flies to enter. They will crawl through the holes to get at the juice but cannot escape. When there are no flies left flying around, just pour the contents down the drain. It really works!

By Sheila May from Bronx, NY

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June 21, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip, I will have to try that for sure!

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 21, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks! I have trouble with fruit flies when I have bananas on the counter and never knew what to do about it. Now I do!

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June 21, 20070 found this helpful

Sounds like a great idea:) thanks.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 26, 20080 found this helpful

Indeed it is a wounderful idea to control fruit flies...thanx-- SPARTAN

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By 10 found this helpful
August 9, 2011

Fruit flies invaded our home recently. We tried everything imaginable short of spraying chemicals. We put out a variety of concoctions such as apple cider vinegar, juice, etc. as traps to catch and drown them.

We tried covering all the sink drains to keep them from water, we took out the garbage regularly and quickly removed any fruit or vegetable peelings. By the way, we did determine that there was a spoiling sweet potato among some in a bag, and that seemed to be what was attracting them!

Soon, we decided that our particular fruit flies were multiplying instead of decreasing. As usual, my solution was to spend hours looking all over the web for what else might be tried.

Something that seemed particularly plausible was that though they are hard to catch, swat, or eradicate in any other non-chemical way, they are no match for a vacuum cleaner wand! I left the vacuum in the kitchen for about a week.

Several times a day my husband would hear me "vacuuming the air" around the kitchen. I'd go to make coffee and first vacuum every fruit fly I could see. He'd ask for a snack, and hear the vacuum going for a few seconds first.

I'd say I was going to cook dinner, but spend the first few seconds chasing fruit flies. Yes, he teased me a lot about that. But it was amazing how I'd clear the kitchen of all visible fruit flies, then come back in half an hour, and there were half a dozen more flying around the sink!

However, with patience and those few seconds of work many times a day, they slowly and steadily went away for good. Of course, you're on your own in explaining it when people come over for coffee, and see you suddenly start vacuuming the air, the ceiling, the sink's edge, the coffee maker, etc.

By Mary from Mountain Pine, AR

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By 3 found this helpful
October 2, 2011

I tried the fruit in a pretty vase and the red-wine vinegar traps that you so graciously shared. Thank you. Although they attracted a few, the hands-down winner was using actual red wine.

I used a small container (dipping-sauce bowl, or espresso cup), and poured in some wine (enough that they can drown). I then put the plastic wrap over the top, poked a few holes, and put it where they were flying about. By the next morning, there were a good 30+ in these containers (whereas the fruit and red wine vinegar traps had 5 or so).

It took a good three days of new traps, but over 95% were gone.

Thanks for the tips. Hope this feedback is helpful.

By Oscar from Canada

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October 8, 2007

I found a great way to get rid of fruit flies. Just put a glass of wine on the counter overnight. In the morning it will be full of dead fruit flies. You may never have them again.

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By 4 found this helpful
September 6, 2013

I took my can of Pam spray and sprayed it where the flies were. Immediately they were downed. You can even get them in mid-air easily too.

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August 10, 2011

I killed a good many fruit flies by cleaning the outside of my fridge! It is stainless steel and I used a cleaner that is is oily. When I woke in the morning, little flies were all stuck to the fridge door. I just had to wipe it down and they were gone.

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By 4 found this helpful
August 10, 2010

I have begun to buy a lot of produce, since I started juicing a month ago. I began to notice more and more of those little fruit flies hanging around. You know the ones I'm talking about - they hover all around you, but are impossible to get rid of.

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By 2 found this helpful
September 6, 2011

We combined several methods we read about on this site and added some of our own. Modifying a suggestion by an anonymous contributor, we prepared three traps.

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By 1 found this helpful
August 26, 2014

Wash all fruit thoroughly before storing, especially bananas! Your fruit fly problem will be quickly remedied.

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By 1 found this helpful
August 9, 2011

The best success I've had getting rid of fruit flies is to take a small bit of over ripe fruit, smoosh it in a small bowl, cover it with water, and leave beside your sink over night.

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August 7, 20111 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a fruit fly trap. Fruit flies can be really annoying. Making a homemade trap can help you get rid of these pests.

Making a Fruit Fly Trap

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July 4, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide about vinegar and dish soap fruit fly trap. A simple effective fruit fly trap can be made with apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap.

trap next to bananas

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By 0 found this helpful
September 12, 2011

The best way to keep the fruit flies away is to get some mint leaves. Put them in the fruit basket along with the fruits. The fruit flies don't like mint.

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July 3, 20170 found this helpful

Swarms of fruit flies plaguing you in your kitchen are extremely annoying. There are ways to get rid of these tiny pests. This is a guide about ridding your kitchen of fruit flies.

A fruit fly close up.

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December 20, 201123 found this helpful

This homemade video shows you how to make a simple but effective fruit fly trap.

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August 26, 20141 found this helpful

Thank you! I am going to go try this right now!

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February 1, 20122 found this helpful

We have tried everything to get rid of fruit flies. Any more ideas?

By Laura

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February 1, 20121 found this helpful
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Place a small jar with apple cider vinegar and 2-3 drops of dish detergent in it and place where fruit flies appear. Use about 1/4 vinegar. The flies are drawn to the vinegar and the soap keeps them from flying out. Works every time.

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February 2, 20120 found this helpful
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The above works fine but cover the jar with plastic wrap and poke a small hole. I just stuck it with my fingernail or a pencil. Bugs go in and are too stupid to get out.

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February 4, 20120 found this helpful
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If you still have them after trying everything, it means they are breeding in or very near your house because something is providing them the environment they need to reproduce.

You'll need to watch for where they are swarming from, and figure out what you are inadvertently providing them that encourages breeding. It could be something as simple as a fruit tree growing near an entry avenue into your home-the door opens and they swarm in. There are so many ways those little beggers can get in, and so many ways they can adapt to an environment!

They could be hatching in a plastic bag; they could be colonising in a dark corner of your pantry; they could be breeding from a smear on a jam jar at the bottom of the cabinet...

And of course there is always the chance they aren't fruit flys, but water gnats or something else. Good luck whatever it is, these are hard to get rid of sometimes.

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By 2 found this helpful
May 11, 2011

What's the best way of getting rid of fruit flies? We use those sticky strips and we make sure to rinse out bottles and dishes containing sweets. Any suggestions?

By George F.

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May 14, 20111 found this helpful
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Put your vinegar/soap solution in a narrow mouth bottle, like a soda bottle. You might want to drop an apple core or some banana peel in there, too. Then place a funnel in the top of the jar. The flies will enter through the funnel and eventually drown in the solution. Until they do, they will be trapped in the jar because they can't figure out how to get out the spout of the funnel since it isn't the highest point.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 7, 2011

How do you get rid of fruit flies?

By Ruth

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July 7, 20110 found this helpful
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You will have to eliminate their food source in your home (such as overripe or rotting fruit, unrinsed fruit cans, or even fruit you've left out to ripen). Once you are sure they have nowhere else to feed, you can set small dishes of cider vinegar with just a drop of dish soap in them on the counter. The fruit flies will land on the vinegar to feed, but the soap will have broken the surface tension and they will fall in and drown. It's kind of gross, you'll end up with little dishes of vinegar with lots of dead fruit flies; but after a few days they'll be gone. Refresh the dishes every day or two. You can run it down the drain, or flush it.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 11, 2012

How do you get rid of fruit flies?

By Ruth C

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July 14, 20120 found this helpful
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Fruit flies only have a life cycle of a couple of days. The trick in getting rid of them is to make sure you are not hatching out fresh ones all the time. Check garbage, recycle cans (they love to breed in the dregs of pop and juice cans), house plants, overripe fruit, etc. and get rid of all spots where they might be reproducing. I have tried the various traps, but I don't think they are very effective. If there is no where for the flies to reproduce, they will die out quickly.

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June 8, 20120 found this helpful

I keep getting little fruit flies coming in through my windows. I have tried taping the screens. I have taped the cracks around the windows. I find their bodies on the outside of my screens. I don't know what attracts them. How do I get rid of something when I don't know why they're there?

By Karen

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June 9, 20120 found this helpful
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This will help in the interim. Fill up a cup or plastic glass with some apple cider vinegar and then drop in a couple drops of dish washing liquid to break the surface adhesion. They will dive in and drown.

It works every time. The other advice is good, too. If you don't have a disposal, or the things you have can't go down there, put the things in a plastic bag and toss.

Here are a sample photo I posted to help.

PBP

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October 16, 20110 found this helpful

I have fruit flies in my house, but for some reason they like to attack bread as well as the fruit. Does anyone know why this is?

By Maggie M.

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October 17, 20110 found this helpful
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Put a dish of vinegar next to the fruit and bread. They will be attracted to the vinegar.

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March 20, 2011

There is still snow, and lots of it, on the ground here in Montana, but we are already having problems with what I call little fruit flies. I happened to see a lot of them flying around my sink where a part of an orange had been tossed yesterday.

We have a greenhouse attached to our house with a connecting door for easy access. I am sure that is the main cause of the problem, but we had not ever had these little flies until last summer. It was absolutely horrible. We had guests for dinner one evening and before we knew it, anybody drinking wine had flies in their wine glasses.

Please does anyone have a solution for this? I know to keep fruit covered and to have a covered trash can, but what else? Thanks so much.

By Montana Jewel Therapy

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July 11, 20120 found this helpful

I am having a fruit fly infestation. I don't have fruits or veggies on the countertops. I have no clue where they came from. Can they come inside on pets or humans?

By D.C.C from Slidell, LA

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July 13, 20120 found this helpful
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I agree... they come in through the screens, they are awful! I got rid of mine by placing a clear bug strip on a window that gets the last light of the day. They will always head in that direction in the evening - and they find the sticky tab and stick leaving me alone. They only need about 2 or 3 days to reproduce... so taking the trash out often helps. I get them in my garage all the time and just hang a pest strip near the garage light... nabs them quickly as they are attracted to light and with no spraying pesticides. I have done this for years and I am basically gnat and fruit fly free!

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November 17, 20110 found this helpful

How do you get rid of fruit flies? I tried apple cider vinegar. I caught a huge amount of them, but there are 10 stragglers left. Perhaps they are the smarter, more evolved fruit flies.

By Joy

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November 18, 20110 found this helpful
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Put some ripe or over-ripe fruit in the microwave and leave the door open for a few hours. When all the fruit flies are in the microwave, close the door and zap them for about 30 seconds.

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August 16, 2011

This morning I got up and opened my fridge. There were many half dead fruit flies in there. I must throw out all the food that may have been open. I even find dead ones in the freezer. I have so many; I kill them daily. I use cider vinegar and dish soap, but they are everywhere in my small apartment. I noticed at the supermarket they were all over, too, in my face at the checkout as well. The checker said they drive her crazy. I never had this problem before. I need help.

By June

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August 17, 20110 found this helpful
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Fruit flies are attracted to rotting fruit and sugary things like recycle cans from pop or juice boxes. You must eliminate the places that they are hatching from. Some also seem to live in house plants sometimes. They have a very short life span, and so attempting to kill them is a futile effort. You must clean up anything, fruit bowls, garbage, compost buckets, anything where they might be breeding.

Fruit flies are not like ordinary house flies. I don't think you have to worry about germs being spread, it is the nuisance factor with the little devils.

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