Fruit Fliess

5 quick Ways to destroy Fruit Flies

Take back your fruit bowl with these clever strategies.

You’re not only in your love of seasonal produce: Pesky fruit flies always seem to find their way to your farmer’s store haul before you even get a chance to fully enjoy it. Tired of them taking over? First toss anything overripe, and then try one of these powerful remedies to banish them from your kitchen.

1. Unfiltered apple cider vinegar

kill the cap from the bottle (it doesn’t have to be full — nearly empty will also work). Cover the opening in plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. Then, poke a hole for the fruit flies to enter. They can’t resist the scent of vinegar, and they won’t be able to exit once they’re inside.

“No matter how hard I try to block fruit flies every summer, they seem to always find me. Every year, I Google ‘how to get rid of fruit flies’ and every year, I end up using this tried-and-true method. It’s not pretty, but it is pretty effective,” says Kim at Today’s Creative Blog.

Apple cider vinegar over rustic wooden background

2. Vinegar and dish soap

If you find your fruit flies are hermetic to the plastic wrap, try adding three drops of dish soap to a bowl of vinegar, and leave it uncovered. The soap cuts the surface tension of the vinegar so the flies will sink and drown.

3. A paper cone and a piece of fruit

Place a little vinegar and a chunk of very ripe fruit in a jar. Then, roll a piece of paper into a cone and stick it into the jar, placing the narrow opening down. The fruit flies will be drawn in, but won’t be able to get out.

A paper cone and a piece of fruit

“I learned this method from a friend who used to sell produce, and I think it is easier to put together and more effective than others. Instead of using plastic wrap, I use scrap paper that I can then compost later,” says Tiffany at Nature Moms.

4. Red wine 

Like vinegar, fruit flies love the smell of wine. Try leaving out an open bottle with a little liquid — the skinny neck will keep the flies trapped.

5. Milk, sugar, and pepper

Everyday Roots blogger Claire likes this method from an Old Farmer’s Almanac. Combine a pint of milk, 4 oz of raw sugar, and 2 oz ground pepper in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Then, pour into a shallow dish. The flies will be drawn to the mixture and quickly drown.

Milk, sugar, and pepper