Get rid of fruit flies naturally

I love this time of year because it means I can load up on amazing fresh produce at the farmers’ market.

But I hate this time of year because all that delicious produce draws in swarms of disgusting fruit flies. I could stash the produce in the fridge, but some things just aren’t meant to be refrigerated, like tomatoes and peaches.

Fortunately, after many years of many attempts at getting rid of those annoying gnats, I found a solution. A natural, chemical free, easy-peasy solution. And, since this is a food blog, I’ll break it down like a recipe!


apple cider vinegar

liquid dish soap


That’s it! All you need is an empty plastic container, saran wrap, and a rubber band. I usually use a washed out hummus tub or in this case, coconut butter tub.


There are no real measurements – just pour a few glugs of apple cider vinegar in the container with a heavy squeeze of dish soap, and fill the container to the top with water. Wrap saran wrap over the container’s top, and then secure tightly with a rubber band. Then poke tiny holes in the top using a pen. Fruit flies love the apple cider vinegar, so they dive right in, but the dish soap is what kills ’em. Sorry if you are an ethical fruit fly supporter and this post upsets you.

The gross but amazing thing is this container will collect SO many flies. Like a gross amount of flies within just 24 hours. Leave it near your fruit bowl or on your kitchen table. Within minutes of setting this trap up, I snagged a fly. See there in the top, that little black dot? He made it in, but not out!

I’m happy because my fruit is left fly free out in the open fruit bowl, and because I don’t have to use nasty chemicals in my kitchen to get rid of these nasty bugs. What are some natural bug remedies you use? I’m looking for a more natural mosquito repellent!


  1. Farida
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    This is a great idea , i wonder if it really works ! thnx for sharing

  2. Posted July 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Great tip – thanks! We are battling fruit flies with this warm weather and fresh fruit!

  3. Posted July 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    This is great! We don’t have to many fruit flies (that I know of) in Vegas. But this is a simple idea that gets the job done!

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