fruit flies on rotten pears

This is Best Hack for Getting Rid of Fruit Flies Quickly and Effectively

Fruit flies and I go way back to my high school biology class and a unit on genetics. We raised Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, in little Petri vials. Then we’d anesthetize them so we could look at them through the microscope to see how our genetic predictions sized up with the number and gender of babies born overnight. It was great fun.

Vials containing Fruit Flies; the Fruit Fly (Drosophila melanogaster) continues to be widely used for biological research in genetics, physiology, microbial pathogenesis, and life history evolution

The most amazing thing, however, was not how easy it was to understand dominant traits and inherited characteristics but how fast those suckers multiplied.

Keen sense of smell

Fruit flies live to find fermenting food. They can detect the smell of ripe fruits and vegetables from miles away. If there’s a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, there’s probably a swarm of fruit flies looking for a way into your home to get to it. Because these insects are so tiny, they can get in through a tear in window screens or crevices around windows or doors.

They reproduce

Before you know it, you’re dealing with a full-fledged fruit fly infestation.
 While I remember them as being so adorable in their little Petrie dishes, fruit flies are anything but cute buzzing around your head or dive-bombing anything that could be considered edible. Even a single critter can be so annoying.


fruit flies on rotten pears

Common sense

Conventional wisdom suggests that if you are careful to remove every trace of detectable food source, you will have no fruit flies. Don’t believe it. For days this one tiny drosophila was driving us crazy at EC Central. I promise you that I scoured this place upside down and inside out to make sure there was not a single morsel of food out in the open. That sent me on a mission to put an end to this once and for all.

This is it

I tried several home remedies that didn’t nab that fly. Then I found it—the single, most effective fruit fly trap. It is quite simple:

You’ll need:

✅  small bowl

✅  unfiltered apple cider vinegar (no substitute, please)

✅  dish soap

✅  plastic wrap

First, make sure that you have no fruit or another food source sitting out or otherwise hiding in open trash and garbage cans.

Next, assemble these three items: 
A small bowl, plastic wrap, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Any other type of vinegar will not work.

Must be ACV

Pour some vinegar into the bowl. Add one drop of dish soap (required to break the surface tension of the vinegar so the fruit fly falls in).

Plastic cover

Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, pulling the wrap back just a tiny bit at one edge to allow for entry. 
That’s it. Set it out on the counter and go about your business.

It took a few hours to nail that little pest who flew in to enjoy his final meal. And while I was quite sure there was only one fly driving us crazy, apparently, by way of a headcount, it was a very large family.


fruit flies in an ACV trap


Since then, I have tested a number of fruit fly traps, and have determined that the one described and pictured above is the most effective and easiest way to deal with a to keep a fruit fly infestation during these hot days of summer!

One more thing: I removed the plastic from my fruit fly trap to get the best photo possible!







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4 replies
  1. Sarah says:

    I have used this method for years with great success. However, the first vinegar I used was red wine vinegar that had been around too long. Pitch it or use it? You gotta know I’m gonna use it! They loved it. I was sad to use it up … but happy to see they weren’t to picky about the vinegar! The only time I saw any was when the new fruit came in from the store! They disappear quickly and I’m always amazed by how many are in the bowl! I do use plastic wrap and poke 6-8 tiny holes with a toothpick or paring knife. I usually make 2 bowls — one for the kitchen and one for the bathroom. Recently, I was out of the my usual vinegar so I found an old container of the cheap stuff I use for cleaning windows and that worked just as well too. I will say the distilled vinegar does not seem to draw them as well. (That was an experiment.) But I will add that they will fly into a pan of soapy water and go to their watery grave! So ghere’s that!

  2. Jean says:

    Concerning fruit flies, I used to have a huge problem with them. They were so bad they even infested the bathroom, looking for a source of water I presume. Picture me perched on the edge of the bathtub killing dozens of them with a single clap of my hands. It was impossible to let peaches or other fruit ripen in a bowl in the kitchen. I believe my next door neighbor allowed crab apples to rot on the ground, giving the flies a breeding ground and launching pad.

    Then my city supplied every household with a composting bucket for the kitchen and within a couple of years all the fruit flies completely disappeared from my home. I think the rotting fruit waste in the bucket attracted them so that they went out with the compost every time I emptied the bucket. They were no longer breeding in my bananas and peaches and bathroom drains, but in the composting bucket and away they went regularly with their favorite food sources, never to return again. I need to say I don’t think I’ve seen a single fruit fly in two or three years after about 5 years of having the bucket.

    I line the bucket with a compostable bag and add food scraps until it is full. Then I tie the bag at the top and empty the bucket into the outdoor composting bin which gets emptied by the city weekly in the summertime. This has worked perfectly for me in the process of ridding my home of fruit flies once and for all and it is so simple and easy, but I discovered it accidentally.

  3. Beth Johnson says:

    I can testify that this is the best fruit fly trap. I did this as well; however, I put the mixture in the microwave for about 10 seconds but did not cover it with plastic wrap.


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