How to get rid of Fruit Flies the Natural Way

Fruit Flies – Pesky Little Critters

While we need fruit flies to decompose our organic waste, when they set up home in our house, they can be a real nuisance.  Have you ever tried eating dark chocolate with a house full of fruit flies?  Well, I can tell you, it’s not pleasant, having them buzzing around your head, trying desperately to get in your mouth every time you want to pop another piece of chocolate in!  And drinking wine is almost impossible.  Leave your glass unattended for any time at all, and you’ll end up with a cake-hole full of the little blighters the next sip you take.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies – Step 1

So, here’s what you need to do to get rid of these irksome little pests.  First, identify the source of the problem.  For me, it’s always the bench top compost bin.  In the height of Summer, no matter how well I clean it out after emptying, I just don’t seem to be able to prevent the swarm of fruit flies forming as soon as we put more fruit scraps inside.  So when it’s hot, I have to put my bin outside the front door.  Which, I might add, is really inconvenient.  I have just purchased a new compost bin, together with certified compostable liners in the hope that I can keep the bin inside without a swarm of fruit fly invaders accompanying it.  If my plan works, I’ll post a link to the product I’ve bought.

Step 2 – The Cool Part

You will need:

  • A container
  • Food wrap
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dishwashing liquid

How to get rid of fruit flies the natural way What you'll need

Fruit flies are attracted to fermenting food scraps.  And in this regard, apple cider vinegar is the nectar of the Gods.  So pop some in a container, about an inch deep.  Add a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid.  Rather than taking their fill and flying off again, this ingredient causes the poor little critters to sink straight to the bottom.  And to be absolutely sure these pesky little pests don’t manage to escape, cover the container in food wrap.  Add some thumb-sized holes for entry into your fruit fly trap, and sit back and watch the magic happen.

In my infinite wisdom, I forgot to empty our compost bin before we went on holiday for three weeks.  So, you can well imagine the mayhem that awaited us on our return.  I put the bin outside, and set up a fruit fly trap that evening.  By the following day, the only fruit flies you could see, were the ones whose final resting place was at the bottom of my trap.  Problem solved, leaving us free to drink our wine, and eat our dark chocolate in peace.

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