How to catch fruit flies: 2 ingredient death cocktail…muahaha

How to catch fruit flies - 2 ingredients that REALLY work

I'm headed to the airport soon to pick my handsome hubby who is in town for few days! Woo hoo! So I can't chat long. BUT…my kitchen was SWARMING with fruit flies today. I. HATE. FRUITFLIES. Is there any other creation on this earth nearly so annoying?? Luckily, I know how to catch fruit flies…with just 2 ingredients. I call it my

Fruit Fly Death Cocktail

(*insert evil cackle here*)

Since it's “Focus on Learning” month, I thought I'd share this quick tip with you so you can learn to be a fruit fly ninja too!

The cocktail is BEYOND simple. All you need is 2 ingredients:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dish soap

Fill a small cup 1/2 full with the vinegar, add a few drops of dish soap and BAM! Flies be gone.

I never have apple cider vinegar on-hand so I eyeball filling about 1/3 to 1/2 the cup with apple juice, put about 1-2 Tablespoons of distilled vinegar, and a squirt of dish soap in the cup with a quick little stir.

How to kill fruit flies - a simple Death Cocktail!

 It does the trick every time.

How to kill fruit flies with just 2 ingredients!

Le gross. 

I just stage a cup or two around my kitchen, especially by the source of the problem – my FRUIT.

How to catch fruit flies with just 2 ingredientsThe flies are immediately drawn to it, and by the end of the day you can sleep peacefully knowing your pesky flies are GONEZO.

So there you have it! A quick tip that will make you go to bed with a smile on your face. Want lots of other quick home remedy tips like this? Check out my Home remedies tips and tricks post#1, and the Home Remedies Tips post #2.


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  1. AvatarArah says

    Ripe bananas work even better. I’ve tried everything! I must have caught 50 in the first hour I had it out. Try it out and see if it works better for you too.

  2. AvatarCynthia says

    I recently read that the fruit we buy already has fruit fly eggs on it, especially bananas, so it’s wise to wash the fruit once we get home.

  3. Avatarevi says

    yes, the eggs are on the fruit when you buy it so you carry them into your home, that’s where they come from (and that’s why there are fruit-flies at times and none at other times).
    anyhow, what I wanted to say: don’t worry if you don’t have apple cider vinegar, all you need is something fruity (like the bananas that have already been mentioned), so just plain apple juice is fine, too. I once even used a spoon of jam, stirred into water.
    And what I also always do: put saran-wrap (how do you spell that? sorry, English is not my first language…) over the cup/bowl and then punch a couple of holes into it: the flies crawl through the holes but can’t get out again, so you also catch those that managed to drink from the yummy juice but didn’t fall in.

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