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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

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12 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

If you are battling with an infestation of fruit flies inside the kitchen, bathroom, or even your bedroom, fret not. There are many home remedies and natural solutions to get rid of the problem.

It all starts with throwing out over-ripe and rotting fruits and vegetables as that’s the main cause of fruit flies in the house [1].

Below are some other tips on how to get rid of fruit flies naturally.

1. Paper Cone Trap

Fruit flies are tiny and generally have red eyes, so you can easily distinguish them from house flies.

They may suddenly appear when there are rotting fruits and veggies laying around. Additionally, they love fermented foods, so it’s very easy to bait and trap them.

Make a DIY fruit fly trap by rolling up some paper into a cone. Next, fit the narrow end inside a jar or bottle, leaving the wide part as the entry point.

A jam jar is ideal for this purpose, containing some ripening or rotting leftovers. Additionally, to sweeten the deal, pour in some cider vinegar as bait.

Now, just wait for the flies to arrive. Once the pests are in the jar, the cone shape will make it hard for them to exit. They will eventually drown.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a simple home remedy to catch fruit flies and kill them. ACV has a fruity aroma that draws the critters.

To get rid of fruit flies with apple cider vinegar, fill small bowls or glasses with ACV and cover them with plastic wrap. Next, punch a few holes through the wrap to allow the flies to enter.

Once they drop in there will be no way back out. Finally, wait for them to die then dispose of the contents in the container. This vinegar trap can also get rid of fungus gnats.

3. Discard Over-Ripe and Rotten Fruits

The scent of ripening or rotten produce will attract the critters from outside the house.

As a result, the best way to avoid this is to place all ripening produce into air-tight food containers and discard the spoiled ones.

4. Essential Oils

Essential oils that deter insect pests, particularly fruit flies, include lavender, basil, eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, cloves, and even camphor if used with care.

Unlike the aroma of vinegar which attracts, the smell of these oils keeps fruit flies away.

Therefore, saturate some cotton balls or scrunched-up paper towels and place them around the kitchen and near doors and windows. This will act as a deterrent for them.

5. Liquid Soap Solution

This soapy mixture works great for getting rid of fruit flies. Add some dish soap to a bowl with some ACV to make a killer solution.

The smell will attract the flies and the soap will cut the surface tension of the vinegar, causing them to drop in and drown.

Alternatively, make a homemade fruit fly spray by combining 3 cups of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of liquid soap, and 10 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle.

Shake well and use it to spray them.

6. Stale Beer

The critters love stale beer and wine. Therefore, beer bottles filled halfway can attract and prevent fruit flies from escaping via the narrow neck.

Mason jars can also work, punching holes in the cover. After flying around inside for a bit, they will eventually get tired and drown.

7. Clean Up

Cleaning up the inside of your house and the outdoors is a good move.

  • Bins in the kitchen can be given an extra wipe down and stored in a cupboard.
  • Keep trash cans away from the house.
  • Drains should be kept clean and treated with an anti-bacterial cleanser.
  • Remove dirty food dishes and pans from kitchen sinks and surfaces as soon as possible.
  • Check any damp cloths used to clean surfaces or food and wash them.
  • Check for fruits on the ground outside and dispose of those rotting away.
  • Keep the compost bin covered to get rid of fruit flies from the garden.

Additionally, daily check on all areas likely to attract flies until the critters have disappeared.

8. Wash Produce Thoroughly

Ensure that you thoroughly wash foods and everything exposed. Washing them clean will prevent flies from lurking around.

Moreover, the female fruit fly can lay her eggs near the surface of softening foods, so extra care is needed to keep your produce clean. Otherwise, throw out anything overripe.

9. Empty Garbage Can

Bins indoor and outside the home need to be emptied more frequently than usual to prevent all types of bad insects from infesting the house. Also, firmly close the tops and keep areas around them clean.

10. Clean Drain Areas

This is essential to keep all kinds of flies away. Cleaning out drains is an arduous task but necessary to avoid them becoming a desired breeding ground for the pests.

Use baking soda and salt or hot soapy liquid solutions to help eliminate odors that attract flies. Borax is also powerful and is even more effective when used with vinegar.

You can also purchase an environmentally friendly drain-cleaning agent such as EM-1 Septic Treatment.

11. Summerset Allguard

The critters start outdoors around fruit trees and bushes and in the vegetable patch. However, Summerset Allguard can handle the problem.

This is a commercial organic product containing concentrated solutions of garlic juice. This natural fruit fly spray also acts as a long-lasting deterrent to many other garden pests.

Diluted with water, use it on plants (crops), as well as ornamentals, and even lawn areas. Moreover, it is rain-resistant so repeat applications are not necessary after rainy days or heavy watering.

12. Fruit Fly Trap Kit

This product helps to control cherry worms, walnut husk maggots, apple maggots, and blueberry maggots.

It works as a lure and sticky trap that catches adult flies. In doing so, it prevents them from laying eggs, thus disrupting the life cycle.


Successful gardeners often have the pleasure of overproduction of crops. This happy situation often leads to excess produce left lying about in the garden or in the home.

However, these natural ways of controlling fruit fly infestations will help keep the problem under control.

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Sasha Brown

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