How to get rid of fruit flies

Joined Sep 21, 2012
Preparing the juice, fruit wine on the table, or you have a bunch of fresh fruit, make sure it will be lots of flies appear from nowhere (wine or fruit flies). This video shows one of solutions how to get rid of them.

Joined Mar 21, 2008
Just a tray of vinegar works, add a drop of dish soap to break the surface tension. When they land on the surface they get pulled in and drown.
Joined Dec 30, 2012
I like taking a used water bottle, cutting the neck off about 2 inches down putting a slice of banana in the bottom, poke a hole in the lid big enough so they can get in, put the lid back on the other part of the bottle and tape it on there. Leave your bottle trap by other fruits or put the fresh fruits in the fridge for 2-3 days or in a bag. Leave catcher(s) out for a few days and throw out when needed.


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Joined Mar 29, 2002
I follow MaryB's path, with small dishes of cider vinegar with a bit of dish soap. Works pretty well.  Lee Valley sells a trap that works even better, but that gets pricey pretty quickly.
Joined Mar 21, 2008
Seems like canning season = fruit flies so I always have about 6 small cups of vinegar with a drop of soap out then. By the time I am done canning the fruit fly population has dropped a lot.
Joined Jan 28, 2013
Using the little jar method last summer I picked up one small trick that sped the process way up.  It's a small thing when using a small jar/ glass method --- use a bit of plastic wrap across the top held tight with a rubber band and poke small holes in the plastic wrap.  The flies have an easy time getting in, but getting out is a much more difficult.  Once trapped, they get down into the liquid a little quicker.  

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