This homemade video shows you how to make a simple but effective fruit fly trap.
How often do you empty this? Do you keep the same one for days or refill often?
How big are fruit flies? I bought fruit fly traps for $15 and still have them after a month. We have no fruit hardly ever buy any.
We have tried everything to get rid of fruit flies. Any more ideas?
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.
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.
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
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.
Steer clear of over ripened or bruised fruits and vegetables at the grocery store. Keep windows and doors in good repair and fitted with 16 (count) mesh screens to help prevent adult fruit flies from getting in from the outdoors.
We fight them every summer, thank you for the funneling idea, very clever!
I am trying the vinegar idea, but didn't use a plastic to make a funnel. I will use a small pudding cup and place a cling wrap over the top makeing a tunnel with the hole and then just cling the rest to the outside of the cup. Let's see if this works!
I have a great way to get rid of flies, Apple cider vinegar. Put about a cup in a glass jar, set it in the corner of the area where you have flies, and right before your very eyes the flies will be gone with the wind.
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By stasia from Berkeley, CA
It's more effective if you add a little dish soap, because it makes them stick. I tried using the saran wrap one, but it didn't work.
Using apple cider vinegar covering the bottom about 1/2 inch deep in cup/bowl and covering with plastic wrap and punching holes in the plastic wrap, making certain the plastic wrap is tight around the rim of the cup/bowl, the key here is to make holes with pencil or pen in clockwise around the center about 1/2 inch from the rim and not along the edges of the cup/bowl as when the fruit flies get in they always go to the rim of the cup/bowl trying to get back out. This does work!
Fruit Flies! This will rid your house of them for good. I use it constantly.
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.
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.
I just saw on The DRS. TV show that a dab of vanilla on your neck makes them leave you alone. Might try putting some on a few cotton balls and place around where they are the most bothersome to see if that helps.
Let us know if that works too. Good luck.
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.
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.
Wash all fruit thoroughly before storing, especially bananas! Your fruit fly problem will be quickly remedied.
How do you get rid of fruit flies?
By Ruth C
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.
I use apple cider vinegar. A couple spoonfuls in one of the little plastic cups with a lid on that you get condiments in from the restaurant. I poke a few holes in the top with an ice pick or a heated small nail. The vinegar draws them in through the holes, and they cannot find their way back out. Replace them every day or two as long as you are still capturing flies.
Harlean from Arkansas
How do you get rid of fruit flies?
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.
When I begin to see gnats in the house, I check the p-traps under the sink. To remove it, I place a pan under the pipe to catch the water that will be dripping. If you have plastic pipes, it is easy to remove. Just give the two connecters a twist with your hands and they come loose easily. Twist both ends at the same time. Empty the water into the toilet and flush. Using a bottle brush, clean the trap and also run the bottle brush up the pipe. I didn't show it, but gunk accumulates around the top of the p-trap just above where the water collects and I think this is where the gnats are coming from because after I do this, I don't have a problem with gnats and I have bananas sitting out.
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.
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?
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.
We had housefly problems until we hung peppermint tea bags on all the windows. It doesn't get rid of all of them, but it does greatly reduce their numbers.
We are facing a problem with small flies increasing daily in all the rooms. I am not sure if these files are the same as the flies sitting on my bananas.