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How to Trap and Get Rid of Fruit Flies

What can you do to kill fruit flies?  We've all been there.  Fruit flies in the kitchen.  Fruit flies in the bathroom.  Fruit flies buzzing around everywhere in your home.  

It's a frustrating problem that happens to everyone at one time or another.  If you are a fresh fruit and produce lover you certainly know what I mean.

How to Kill Fruit Flies with Two Ingredients


You need just two ingredients to get rid of fruit flies today.



Those pesky little buggers can often be brought into your home on the vegetables and fruit you buy. There are many solutions offered for fruit fly traps to help you solve your problem. 

 A quick Amazon search found these products.

You can spend your money on one of these solutions or I can save you a whole lot of your hard-earned cash today.

My solution is the best.  Here's why:
  • You have the ingredients in your kitchen now.  You need apple cider vinegar and a mild dish liquid.
  • It's a healthy, family-friendly solution.
  • It works quickly.

Two-Ingredient No Pesticide Fruit Fly Trap


1.  Put one-half cup of apple cider vinegar and a light squirt of mild dish liquid (Dawn doesn't seem to work as well as Ajax brand) into a small glass or plastic container. Do NOT stir. You DO NOT need a lot of dish soap. Just a couple of drops is enough. 

2.  Place the container wherever you see the most fruit flies.  Walk away.  That's it.

Here's what my fruit fly trap looked like at my house after an hour.

Fruit fly trap after one hour
Fruit Fly Trap After One Hour
But wait!  It gets better.  The next morning my fruit fly trap looked like this.

The reason this works so well is that the apple cider attracts the fruit flies and the squirt of dish soap traps them so they can't fly away.

It's best not to use a highly scented dish detergent.  You want the fruit flies to seek out the apple cider. You don't want the scent of your soap to interfere with that.

Fruit fly trap after 24 hours
Fruit Fly Trap After Twelve Hours

Remember to refresh your trap each day until your fruit fly problem is completely resolved.

You may need to repeat the process because fruit flies have a life cycle that may be several weeks long. The females lay as many as one hundred eggs a day and up to two thousand eggs in their lifetime.

What if this method doesn't work?

1. Use less dish soap. Just a drop or two.

2. Use a less fragrant dish soap. The flies need to smell the cider vinegar.

3. Make sure you are using cider vinegar.

This simple, effective fruit fly killing method has been my go-to solution for many years.  

I mix up my vinegar and dish liquid concoction at the first sight of a fruit fly.  It eliminates my fruit fly problem so quickly I wouldn't think of trying anything else.

If this doesn't work for you or you don't want to do it yourself you can order some traps.


I also have a no pesticide method to control ants in your home.  You can read about killing ants here.


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