If BuzzFeed made a list of the most irritating household pests, fruit flies would be number one. Fruit flies will show up without warning in the spring and summer months to feast on ripening fruits and vegetables in your kitchen. If you don't see them around your fruit basket, they're probably breeding in your drain. That's not really something anyone wants to think about.
One of the most annoying things is that you can’t really smack them away with a traditional fly swatter. They're extremely illusive. Before you can even think to grab your phone and google “how to deal with fruit flies,” dozens of them are already buzzing around your kitchen.
Don't let fruit flies take over your home. Trap those bothersome buzzers for good. Here are a few easy ways to take care of fruit flies:
1. Apple cider vinegar
Okay, story time: my old roommate pulled this hack out of her back pocket when we lived together. “I’m surprised you didn’t know about this,” she said as she poured apple cider vinegar into a small container and wrapped the top in plastic wrap. She threw a rubber band around the container to secure the plastic wrap and poked a few holes in the film with a toothpick.
I learned quickly that fruit flies are extremely attracted to vinegar. They’ll crawl inside through the holes in the plastic wrap, only to get stuck inside. This is a common cheap hack, and it's great if you already have the right supplies. Biggest downside? A random cup of apple cider vinegar probably doesn’t match your kitchen’s decor.
2. Vinegar and dish soap
If your fruit flies aren’t attracted to apple cider vinegar, try mixing regular vinegar a few drops of your favorite dish soap. Leave the container uncovered this time. The fruit flies will try to stand on top of the mixture, but the dish soap will cause them to sink right in. Again, a container of vinegar by your kitchen sink isn’t the most appealing. But it’s a great option for DIYers.
Can't pinpoint where the fruit flies are coming from? Take a look at your kitchen drain. Fruit flies will breed in drain pipes, and unfortunately, running hot water won't do the trick.
Thankfully, Fruit Fly Goodbye targets fruit fly infestations in kitchen drains. The thick gel clings to the walls of your drain to suppress infestations and prevent fruit flies from making their way up and into your kitchen.
Green Gobbler’s treatment uses citronella, a natural fly repellent made from lemongrass, so it’s not like you’re using some sort of harmful manufactured chemical. Best of all, you won’t have an unattractive container of apple cider vinegar sitting next to your sink. Sounds like a win-win to us.