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How to get rid of fruit flies fast

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How to get rid of fruit flies fast

So you’re making real progress eating real food. Your fruit bowl is filled with bananas, apples, pears, plums… you name it. Fruit has been a great alternative to sweets or sugary-snacks. But, in the high heat of summer, you’re not the only one enjoying fruit, since you’re sharing them with a swarm of fruit flies. Luckily, if you’ve got a fruit fly problem, there’s a really easy way to get rid of fruit flies.

What you need to solve your fruit fly problem

  • A glass
  • A bit of plastic wrap
  • Something sweet to attract fruit flies – I like using a bit of apple cider vinegar. You could also use a bit of ripe fruit, or other sweet food that normally attracts fruit flies
  • A toothpick

Making a fruit fly trap is so simple, that my six-year-old gets quite the kick out of making them. (He actually made three traps today, which is probably overkill, but at least we can spread the traps around the kitchen, or different places in the house).

How to make a fruit fly trap

  1. Pour a small amount of apple cider vinegar (or other fruit fly bait) into a glass.
  2. Seal the glass with some plastic wrap.
  3. Poke holes into the plastic wrap with the toothpick.
  4. Wait.

It only took a few minutes to catch our first of many fruit flies. Here’s the result after about a day:

Catching fruit flies fast

The fruit flies get lured with your bait and fly into the glass, but they have a hard time leaving the glass because of the plastic wrap. They’ll either drown in the vinegar, or if using fruit as bait, you can set dispose of your bait and flies outside in the compost.


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Photo credit: Fruit fly by John Tann

 

Vivian is the founder of the Real Food Guide and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) who believes that each individual needs to go on their own Real Food Journey to find what works. While she herself eats a diet of real food (aka a paleo diet), some people may find that they can flourish on a vegetarian diet instead. However, universal to optimal health and well-being is good quality, nutrient-dense, Real Food.

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