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How to Kill Fruit Flies with 3 easy household ingredients!

Yesterday I gave my son a bowl of fruit. After he had had his fill, he set the bowl down like most kids do and ran off. Not too long after that I went to pick it up and noticed little gnats on the fruit! I was shocked. Where did these things come from? I can only imagine they must have hitched a ride in the carton of strawberries but had instantly been attracted back to the open fruit. I can assure you I keep a clean house. The whole thing was disgusting.

My babysitter was over and she said she had been told that equal parts water, equal parts vinegar and a squirt of dish soap would kill fruit flies.

What the heck, so I tried it.

This is about 10 minutes after I put the bowl down in the same area as the old fruit bowl.

Then I moved it to the kitchen and after a few hours, this is what happened:
 

For some reason the flies are attracted to the water and then eventually land and get stuck there. Its safe since its made from household items rather than pesticides. I am just going to leave the bowl on the window sill a few days to finish any extras off.

I hope this tip helps out your kitchen and thank you to my babysitter for this one!

~Trisha

 

 

 

 

15 thoughts on “How to Kill Fruit Flies with 3 easy household ingredients!”

  1. I don’t need to kill them because they don’t go on our fruits anymore. Why ? Because we put 2 or 3 wine corks in the fruit basket. I don’t why or how it works but even when summer guets really hot we had no more fruit flyes since we do this.

  2. what an excellent tip! I can’t think of a person who wouldn’t benefit from knowing this.. I hate those little flies that appear from nowhere on my bananas..

  3. Awesome idea! Did I ever tell you about the time my house was infested with these fruit flies and I couldn’t figure out where they were coming from? Yeah, well my son had been with his grandma and she sent him home with a banana in a plastic grocery bag. He stuck it in his room and forgot about it. GAG. I thought I would go nuts trying to get rid of them!

  4. Last year I had a terrible fruit fly problem… later found out it was due to an apple my daughter had “hidden”. I used containers with watered down wine & fruit juice covered with plastic wrap with holes poked in it to make traps. It worked, but I like this idea better… next time I’ll try it.

  5. I had an awful time with fruit flies last year, not sure why. I sure hope I don’t have to deal with it again this year, but I did use something similar to this that didn’t work too well. I’ll definitely try this if those buggers come back.

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