Best Ways To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies In Your Kitchen

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We all know how pesky those little fruit flies can be. They seem to appear out of nowhere, and before you know it, they’re everywhere! That’s why we’ve curated a list of some of the best ways to get rid of these pests in your kitchen. With this article, there will be no more worrying about fruit flies ever again!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Do not use any other vinegar besides apple cider when you’re trying to get rid of fruit flies because they love the smell! This is one of the most commonly known solutions for getting rid of these pesky pests. The next time a bunch fly into your kitchen and land on your countertop, mix equal parts water and apple cider in a jar or cup, then leave it out overnight. You’ll have no more fruit flies by morning!

Citrus Peels

Fruit flies go crazy over the sweet smell of citrus peels (especially oranges). Take a few pieces and put them in different areas around your counters or table where there’s lots of fruit fly activity, then watch the magic happen! They’ll be attracted to that scent like nothing else! The next time you make some orange juice, save those peels instead of throwing them away because they are just as effective if not more so, than store-bought traps.

Toilet Paper Roll Trap

This trap is so easy but works like a charm every single time. Take an empty toilet paper roll and cut slits halfway up both sides about an inch from each end (make sure that there’s enough room at the end for them to be able to get in and out). Once you’ve cut the slits, add some apple cider vinegar to a small plastic container with holes on top. Then put the toilet paper roll over the hole and let it sit overnight or for several hours until all of your fruit flies have gathered inside!

Beer Or Wine Bottle Trap

This trap is super easy to make and doesn’t require any extra materials (except maybe some tape). Take two bottles of beer or wine, remove the labels, and then cut off each bottle’s top inch with a sharp knife. Put one end in your sink or tub near fruit fly activity, then leave it overnight for all those pesky pests to gather inside! Then when you see there’s no more activity around that area, dump them down the drain, and voila! No more fruit flies this time, thanks to these cheap but effective traps!

Sugar And Baking Soda Trap

This trap may sound really strange, but it’s actually super effective at catching these pests if you use just sugar and baking soda. Mix equal parts water, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl or cup, then leave out overnight near fruit fly activity without covering it (this way, their scent can travel) so that they get attracted by its sweet smell before falling into what they think is a tasty drink.

Empty Dish Soap Bottle Trap

These clever little traps are one of my personal favorite solutions for getting rid of fruit flies because not only do they last much longer than other traditional homemade solutions, they also require no apple cider vinegar, yeast mixture, or fruit which makes them much easier to clean up and store away. All you have to do is cut the bottom off an empty dish soap bottle, then take a marker and draw one line per inch on all sides of that bottle so there is at least half an inch between each line (this way, they’ll be able to climb inside but won’t be able to escape). Next, pour some apple cider vinegar into it until it fills up about halfway, then leave out overnight near your fruit fly activity area without covering it for best results!

Wash Dishes

After using them, just wipe down all surfaces with water, then clean off dirty dishes before placing them in the dishwasher, so there’s less leftover residue for these pests to feed on while you sleep/leave the house/go about your business elsewhere. They also love eating soap, so make sure not to leave out any unwashed messy plates or cups overnight because this will only attract more fruit flies and make more work for you to clean up!

Eliminate Standing Water

If you have a leaking faucet or some type of leaky pipe, then try your best to stop it from dripping until the fruit fly problem has been taken care of. Fruit flies lay their eggs near sources of fresh running water, so if there’s no such thing around, then they’ll be forced to look elsewhere for a better place to breed, which means less pests coming into your home!

Take Away Their Food Source

The most effective way to get rid of these pests once and for all isn’t by using any homemade solutions at all because what will really make a difference is to take away their food source. Keep your fruit bowl inside the fridge, and make sure you throw out all overripe or rotting fruits in a timely manner so that they have something else to eat instead of whatever it is you’re trying to keep fresh! Keeping your fruit bowl inside the fridge will also help prevent other kinds of bugs like ants and roaches from coming into your home as well.


These fruit fly traps may seem like a lot of work, but they’re actually super effective and make for smart homemade solutions if you don’t want to use dangerous chemicals around your home. They last much longer than other traditional fruit fly sprays, require no apple cider vinegar, yeast mixture, or fruit, making them much easier to clean up and store away!