Seems that August is the month of the Fruit Fly. At least here at The Homemade Farm! They’re ruthless, unsightly and give me the heebie jeebies while I’m trying to prepare meals in the kitchen.
There’s tons of methods out there for catching them but the majority are pretty gross – a rotten banana in a jar covered with plastic, a rotten banana in a jar covered with a paper funnel, etc. etc. I don’t want to see LIVE fruit flies swarming around a piece of rotten fruit, thankyouverymuch! I want them gone, out of sight and dead. Without having to watch the whole ordeal and without having to hide the trap when we have guests.
The method I’ve been using for years works really well and really quickly to get them under control and helps maintain a (mostly) fly free kitchen. With my children opening and closing the screen door all day long, I just let this sit out on the counter 24 hours a day when I notice fruit flies around.
And all you need is two things that you most likely already have. Vinegar and dish soap. When mixed together it creates an appetizing scent for the fruit flies since they love anything that’s fermenting. But once they go into the vinegar/soap mix to explore they sink to the bottom and drown due to the dish soap breaking the surface tension of the vinegar.
- 1/8-1/4 cup of any type of vinegar. I’ve used white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, plain white vinegar…
- 1 tsp of dish soap (I use dawn for this)
- a shallow clear container or glass jar since you’ll want to see how many you’ve trapped through the bottom :)
Grab a plastic dish or glass bowl. Pour in vinegar. Pour in dish soap. Gently stir to mix. Leave it a place where it can be undisturbed for a few hours (overnight is especially effective) and dump it out when you’ve caught a bunch.
Repeat until they’re gone!