How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are a nuisance that can be fairly resilient if you don’t attack them aggressively.

The good news is, there is more than one way to skin a cat expel a fruit fly. Here, we give you five.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Specifically, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (it’ll say on the bottle, but the ulfiltered stuff is cloudy). Remove the cap, and cover it with plastic wrap, secured with a rubber band. Now poke a hole in the plastic wrap big enough for a fruit fly to pass through. Fruit flies love apple cider vinegar, and they’ll go inside the bottle but won’t be able to get out.

Regular Vinegar and Dish Soap

So the apple cider vinegar thing didn’t work. Maybe the flies weren’t bright enough to find their way inside the bottle, or maybe they were too smart to get stuck inside, or maybe these particular fruit flies just don’t like apples. In any case, try drowning them.

Here’s how: Put a few drops of dish soap into a bowl of vinegar and just let it sit there. You know how flies can stand on liquids? Well, that’s because of something called “surface tension.” The soap cuts that, and the flies will sink.

Paper Cone and Fruit

This is the same concept as the apple cider vinegar and the plastic wrap — you’re counting on the flies to get inside a vessel, but not be able to get back out. Specifically, you attract them by putting a piece of ripe fruit in a jar with a little bit of vinegar. Then you roll up a piece of paper into a cone shape, and put the narrow end into the jar.

Red Wine

We don’t recommend wasting wine on fruit flies, but if for some reason you’re inclined to do so, an open wine bottle will work for the same reason the apple cider vinegar will. The flies will be attracted (to a nice chianti), and will fly inside to drink up, but won’t be able to get out.

Milk, Sugar, Pepper

This tip comes from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, so you know it’s good. Recipe: Pint of milk, 4 oz raw sugar, 2 oz ground pepper. Simmer 10 minutes and pour into a dish. The flies will drown.

Do you have any tips we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear them. Drop us a line in the comments section,