May
04
2013

How to Kill Fruit Flies {With things you already have in your home}

Posted at 7:21 PM on May 04, 2013 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

May 4th, 2013

Fruit flies may be the most annoying creatures in the world!  I tried just about everything to kill them, but this was the only thing that worked.  This is how many flies I caught in 5 minutes!

We have been having some issues with fruit flies this year, and no matter how much we hide our fruit and produce they were still there.

I tried creating a funnel and putting a pieces of fruit at the bottom, it didn’t work. I also tried putting apple cider vinegar in a bowl and covering it with saran wrap that had holes in it.  NOTHING was working.

This is the only thing that worked for us:

  1. Fill small bowl with Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Add 2 -3 drops of Dish Soap
  3. Mix together with a spoon and set out.

As you can see, it worked! Within a few minutes of putting this out on the counter, we caught SO many fruit flies.  It seems that the apple cider vinegar brings them in and the dish soap makes it slippery so they can’t get out.

 

Comments:

  • Jenn says...
    Posted at 2:11 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jenn
    Jenn
    Oct 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Can’t wait to try it! Thank you!

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 7:06 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Oct 24, 2012 at 7:06 am

      You’re welcome – works SO well!

  • Brenda says...
    Posted at 2:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: Brenda
    Brenda
    Oct 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    It works great, use it at work all the time :)

  • Brenda says...
    Posted at 2:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Brenda
    Brenda
    Oct 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    We actually put it in a plastic cup with plastic wrap on the top. We put a rubber band to seal it and poke holes in the plastic wrap. They find their way in and stay in there. This helps to keep the odor for everyone else low. When it is no longer working we just toss the cup and all and make a new one.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 7:07 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Oct 24, 2012 at 7:07 am

      I tried that, but it didn’t work for us. I don’t know if I made the holes too big or small, but the method above worked much better for us.

  • Heather Adkins says...
    Posted at 2:57 pm by I am THAT Lady: Heather Adkins
    Heather Adkins
    Oct 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    This is what we use at my house too, works great!

  • Brandi says...
    Posted at 4:48 pm by I am THAT Lady: Brandi
    Brandi
    Oct 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Can’t wait to try this!!! We have them realy bad this year. Any ideas on ants?

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 7:08 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Oct 24, 2012 at 7:08 am

      We use Tero ant bait – which is horribly toxic. I will look into a natural ant killer and report back.

      • Tiffany says...
        Posted at 8:48 pm by I am THAT Lady: Tiffany
        Tiffany
        Jun 03, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        For ants I found putting vinegar, water, and a small bit of dish soap to lower the vinegar odor in a spray bottle. I had them bad all over my cupboards and since I sprayed I have only seen a few strays.

        • Lauren says...
          Posted at 10:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
          Lauren
          Jun 03, 2013 at 10:23 pm

          Great tip – I am having ant problems right now so this is helpful!

          • Jennifer says...
            Posted at 1:03 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jennifer
            Jennifer
            Jul 09, 2013 at 1:03 pm

            For ants, if you can find where they come in, draw a chalk line around it. If you can’t find it, just draw a line around the base of your house. They will run away and not come back, well maybe if it washes off they will. But mine haven’t in over 6 months and the rain washed my chalk away long ago.

    • Kathit says...
      Posted at 2:40 am by I am THAT Lady: Kathit
      Kathit
      Aug 09, 2013 at 2:40 am

      I have found that plain old borax works wonderfully. Sprinkle it around areas that ants will get into. I also sprinkled it around their homes and have had no problems with ants this year once the sprinklers came on and mixed the borax into the ground.

      • Dawie says...
        Posted at 10:18 pm by I am THAT Lady: Dawie
        Dawie
        Aug 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

        Thanks for all the tips on the ant problems. I sprinkle baby powder on the area and only in a short while they’re gone.

  • Michele says...
    Posted at 8:19 pm by I am THAT Lady: Michele
    Michele
    Oct 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I thought we were the only ones this year with those pests…I use dish soap and coffee..for some reason they love coffee. I’m going to try this, I have gone to pick up the cup filled with coffee and so many times have almost drank out of it, ick…much better to use apple cider vinegar and soap..Thanks!

  • Kiki says...
    Posted at 12:56 am by I am THAT Lady: Kiki
    Kiki
    Oct 19, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Just wondering…..Do you know if it works with regular flies???

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 7:07 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Oct 24, 2012 at 7:07 am

      I don’t think so

  • Valerie says...
    Posted at 10:58 am by I am THAT Lady: Valerie
    Valerie
    Oct 19, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I do the same thing but with balsamic vinegar and it works wonderfully as well.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 7:07 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Oct 24, 2012 at 7:07 am

      Good to know that will work too!

  • Sherryl WIlson says...
    Posted at 9:46 am by I am THAT Lady: Sherryl WIlson
    Sherryl WIlson
    Oct 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Thanks for sharing! They are certainly little pestering buggers!

  • Lakeisha says...
    Posted at 12:48 am by I am THAT Lady: Lakeisha
    Lakeisha
    May 05, 2013 at 12:48 am

    when leaving in my apartment the apple cider vinegar in a cup with wrap over it worked great but when I tried it after moving in with my husband it did not work. I like the idea of adding the dish soap will try it if we have problems this year.

  • Mummamonk says...
    Posted at 7:41 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mummamonk
    Mummamonk
    Jun 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Just wash the fruit in warm water when you bring it home as the eggs are on the fruit. Tried it last summer amd it works ..NO fruit flies

    • jen says...
      Posted at 10:18 pm by I am THAT Lady: jen
      jen
      Jul 15, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks gor that. I’ve wondered where they come from!

  • Mandy says...
    Posted at 5:30 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mandy
    Mandy
    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    This works great as soon as I put the little bowel of vingar and dish soap it worked Instantly.

  • Sandy Struble says...
    Posted at 5:36 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sandy Struble
    Sandy Struble
    Jul 31, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Put it out and within 2 minutes they were going to the bowl! THANK YOU!!!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 6:35 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 31, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Awesome – so happy it worked for you too!

  • Melissa says...
    Posted at 10:19 am by I am THAT Lady: Melissa
    Melissa
    Aug 07, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Can u use regular vinegar or does it have to be apple cider?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 3:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Aug 07, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Apple cider works the best – so I would get that.

  • Tarita says...
    Posted at 5:10 am by I am THAT Lady: Tarita
    Tarita
    Aug 09, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Do you know how I can get rid of fleas? I don’t want to use chemicals. I have cats and would like to be able to use something that won’t hurt them.

  • Marilyn L. Armstrong says...
    Posted at 11:08 am by I am THAT Lady: Marilyn L. Armstrong
    Marilyn L. Armstrong
    Aug 09, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Been Looking For A Remedy..thanks

  • Maria says...
    Posted at 11:09 am by I am THAT Lady: Maria
    Maria
    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Is a fruit fly and a gnat is the same thing?

  • jsid says...
    Posted at 11:46 am by I am THAT Lady: jsid
    jsid
    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:46 am

    thanks for sharing. It worked very well.in our backyard with fruit flies….:)

  • Anne Scott says...
    Posted at 9:50 pm by I am THAT Lady: Anne Scott
    Anne Scott
    Aug 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Borax works great for fleas too! Sprinkle on the carpet, sofa, wherever your pets lays, and work it in with a broom. Will work on your yard too! No need to work into the soil, just sprinkle on the lawn!

  • Zadi Ankit says...
    Posted at 3:35 am by I am THAT Lady: Zadi Ankit
    Zadi Ankit
    Aug 19, 2013 at 3:35 am

    If you have a lot of fruit flies, start by vacuuming them first. That gets the numbers down and then use the flytrap.
    Both these methods when used together can work wonders.

  • christianna says...
    Posted at 1:49 pm by I am THAT Lady: christianna
    christianna
    Sep 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    the dish soap breaks the tension on the surface of the liquid so they can’t “sit” on top of it. that’s why this works only when you mix dish soap in.
    the sweet scent of the apple cider vinegar (as opposed to regular white vinegar) attracts them. they try to land on the surface of the liquid, but they sink in and then drown.
    this works great for us!

  • Rhonda says...
    Posted at 9:33 pm by I am THAT Lady: Rhonda
    Rhonda
    Sep 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Wow not even a minute on the counter and the flies are already at the bowl ty so much for sharing ;)

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:20 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Sep 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

      You’re welcome! It is amazing how quick it works!

  • Kirpi says...
    Posted at 11:51 am by I am THAT Lady: Kirpi
    Kirpi
    Dec 06, 2013 at 11:51 am

    We never had much luck with the funnel method either. Tried this and it WORKS!! Thanks!

  • Lee Ann says...
    Posted at 3:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lee Ann
    Lee Ann
    Jan 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I do this too, wine vinegar works as well. I also put it in a jar with holes poked in the screw on lid.
    My dad was seriously infested, and I did this and it wouldn’t get rid of them. Not until I looked at his garbage can lid, and found fly eggs ALL around the underside of the edge. Once I got rid of them (EWWW) I used the vinegar trick again, and caught all of them.
    Now, I keep his kitchen garbage can bleached on the inside, and NO more flies!

  • Cathy says...
    Posted at 4:02 am by I am THAT Lady: Cathy
    Cathy
    Jan 23, 2014 at 4:02 am

    My sister-in-law has a grooming shop and when customers bring in a dog infested with fleas, they are careful at the end of the work day they sprinkle dry Borateem borax powder on the floors. Suffocates the fleas. Next morning all they do is sweep it up.

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