How do I get rid of all these fruit flies???

We have fruit flies everywhere and I NEED to get rid of them somehow. Yesterday, one of my sons said, “Mom, you have a FRUIT FLY EMERGENCY!” And he’s right!  At this time of year, I usually have a lot of fresh produce sitting around my kitchen. Some of it, for better or for worse, needs to sit on the counter for a few days to ripen fully.

I’ve been buying fabulous peaches that are so delicious, the juice just drips off my hands when I eat them, BUT the day I buy them, they’re not ripe yet. If I put them in the fridge, they’ll never ripen into juicy, sweet perfection. But when I let them ripen on the counter…. the fruit flies….ACK!

So yesterday I was moaning about the fruit fly emergency at my house to my good friend Sarah Pinnix  and she gave me the goods on how to take care of those pesty flies. Build fruit fly traps. No, no power tools are required (I would LOVE to go after them with a blow torch but I hate to think of all the unintended consequences to that idea.)

These are the things you need:

You’ll need small, shallow bowls. I used ramekins but even a saucer would work.

Pour a couple of ounces of apple cider vinegar into the bowl. No need to feed the fruit flies special expensive organic natural apple cider vinegar; just buy the cheapest you can find.

Squirt a dollop of dish soap into the vinegar and stir up with a fork.

Set the dish of soap and vinegar back out of the way, preferably near the source of the fruit flies. For me, this means right next to my compost container and back in the corner by the fruit bowl.

In less than 30 minutes, my bowls had hundreds of little fruit flies floating in them. Not one of the floating flies was moving. Hooray! I considered taking a photo of the dead fruit flies but decided that that’s just a little disgusting.

I realize that in a few weeks, the fruit flies will be a distant memory of summer, but for right now, I’ll take all the relief I can get!


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