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10 Simple Tricks To Rid Your Home Of Fruit Flies

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Humans may be at the top of the food chain, but sometimes we are no match for pesky bugs that wreak havoc in our homes.

As we all know, our warm homes are the perfect haven for insects to get comfortable in.

If these guys are driving you nuts, check out these 10 simple tricks to rid your home of fruit flies once and for all. These methods are tried-and-tested, so feel free to get creative once in a while.

1. Dish Soap

Mix vinegar and a few drops of dish soap in a bowl, then cover it with plastic wrap. Cut a small hole and watch those fruit flies get trapped in just a few hours.

2. Red Wine

Flies love wine as much as we do. If you're not too concerned about wasting some of your delicious alcoholic drink, leave an inch of wine in an open bottle to draw the insects in.

Because the head of the bottle is quite thin, they'll have trouble getting out, that is if they don't get stuck in the sweet liquid.

3. Cold

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Fruit flies don't like the cold, which is why you'll rarely see them in the winter. If you keep your home at a cool temperature in the summer months, you can keep them at bay.

4. Incense

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Like most insects, they hate the smell of anything smokey because their lungs can't handle it.

If you love lighting incense, this is your perfect excuse. I like the scent of anything citrusy, like lemon eucalyptus and lemongrass.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

The easiest thing you can do is to pour some unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a bowl and cover it with a piece of plastic wrap. Cut a small opening so that the flies can come in, where they'll get trapped.

This one has to be the most popular fruit fly traps, but it doesn't work for everyone.

6. Roasted Lemons

This one's quite cruel to the fruit flies, but you're reading this article because you're trying to get rid of them!

If your conscience can handle it, cut two lemons in half and put them in your oven. Keep the door wide open for a few hours, letting the fresh-smelling fruit attract all the fruit flies, then shut the door and turn the oven to broil for a few minutes.

You'll notice that all the fruit flies will be dead on the bottom of your oven. Wipe with a cloth and that's that.

7. Milk, Sugar, And Pepper

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, a longtime trusted source for information, you can bait flies with an unlikely combination of milk, sugar, and pepper.


Combine a pint of milk, four ounces of raw sugar, and two ounces of ground pepper into a saucepan and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

Then pour the mixture in a shallow dish, where the flies will get trapped in the thick liquid.

8. Fruit

Trap these pesky flies by luring them with what they love - fruit! Choose a very ripe fruit in your fridge, the sweeter the better, and dip it in vinegar.

Place the fruit in a jar with a narrow opening, and roll a piece of paper into a cone and place it in the jar.

The flies will make their way down the paper cone and then get trapped in the sticky mess. This is a great trick for those who are trying to be more environmentally friendly.

9. Fruit Fly Strips

There are a lot of great products out in the market that will make your life easier. One of them is fruit fly strips, which keep these pests at bay.

All you have to do is remove an odorless strip from the packaging and hang it wherever fruit flies tend to cluster.

10. Lemongrass Spray

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If killing insects doesn't sit well in your stomach, then use lemongrass to deter them from staying inside your home. It's a win-win for you because your home will smell great!

You can make your own lemongrass essential oil inside a clean spray bottle from the Dollar Store. I like to spray it anywhere that insects like to buzz around.

DIY Air Freshener Spray Formula:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vodka, rubbing alcohol, or real vanilla extract
  • Lemongrass Premium Grade Fragrance Oil

Which fruit fly trap will you try first?

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.