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Why Fruit Flies Arrive

Fruit flies will not show up unless there’s rotting, overripe, or open food in your house for them to eat.  They’re not interested in fresh fruits and vegetables.  Does the tomato you have sitting on the counter have a small bruise?  That part of it has gone bad, and it can attract fruit flies.  I once had to dig through an entire bushel basket of pears to find one that was slightly bruised way at the bottom.  It was a small black spot, but it attracted an entire swarm of fruit flies.

Use these two steps to be eliminate fruit flies.

How to Eliminate Fruit Flies Step #1

  1. Throw out all bruised, overripe, or spoiled fruit and vegetables.  You can place overly ripened fruits in the fridge to slow down the process.
  2. Wash all counter tops and effected areas with a disinfectant.

How to Eliminate Fruit Flies Step #2

  1. Create the following recipe. I found this on-line but I can’t remember where so I can give the proper credit.
  2. Fruit Fly Collecting Mixture: Add the following to a large bowl and mix.


  • 1  1/2 quarts water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 drops dish detergent


  1. Put this out on a counter near where the flies are and they’ll be floating on the surface before long.  Just throw the mix out when you’ve got them all.  If you keep your home free of fruit fly food sources, they’ll never come back.  If they do, just scrub everything down and then put out the mixture.
  2. This really works. I had an infestation of these little creatures as I was hoarding 50 lbs of fruit.  I made the mixture and soon I had a little bowl of floating fruit flies.

10 thoughts on “Dealing with Fruit Flies

  1. MAC says:

    I’m trying out your recipe and maybe an hour after I set it out with balsamic vinegar (did not have white), 5 fruit flies had drowned and the rest are fluttering around. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

  2. Bonnie says:

    I use a small shallow dish, add about 3 tablespoons cider vinegar and a drop of dish soap. The reason this works, so I’m told, is that the soap breaks down the surface of the vinegar so that when the fly crawls down for a taste, it sort of gets sucked right into it. I change out the batch daily. Works great!

    • amie-sue says:

      Awesome Bonnie, thank you for sharing. I have been dealing with fruit flies a tad lately. Pesky little buggers! Have a great day.

  3. Lyn :] says:

    Good Morning Amie Sue,

    I will try your recipe for getting rid of fruit flies on an on going base next summer. But I found the fastest way to get rid of them.

    Do step 1 like you said. Then get a 32 oz. jar (we use an Adams Peanut Butter jar), put some of the bruised fruit in this jar (about 2 slices). Keep the lid close by, and 5 minutes later you will have approx. 5 to 10 fruit flies in the jar. Slap on the lid and fill up the kitchen sink with as hot of water as you can stand. Put jar under the water and unscrew. Repeat and in a little while NO fruit flies!! :] Lyn

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Lyn,

      Yesterday we attended our local Harvest Fest, which was amazing I might add. :) We spent the whole day there without even realizing it till we got in the car. haha Anyway, I was talking to one of the fruit growers who was batting fruit flies away as we were talking. I went to share my recipe with her on how to deal with them. I then got a 30 minute “lecture” (not a negative lecture) but I guess of a sharing of her experience of many many methods that she does. I felt sort of silly even mentioning mine to her after getting the ear full. lol

      What ever method a person uses… as long as it works…YIPPY-SKIPPY! hehe Thanks for sharing yours as well. :) I hope that you and Gene are having a great weekend. Blessings and hugs, amie sue

      • Lyn :] says:

        Ooooops! Didn’t mean to add to your lecture time :] – Now that you have your phd. :] in this, you will be ” fruit fly free” (say that 20 times fast :] )next summer!!! Have a very nice weekend ( say howdy to Bob ). Hugs and blessings back to you too, Lyn :]

        • amie-sue says:

          Ohh no you didn’t add to my lecture time. hehe It’s all good! Amie Sue Oldfather, FF PHD… nice initials? lol

          You too have a wonderful day. Heading to town. amie sue hugs

  4. Victoria says:

    Thanks for the tip- I was wondering what to do about these little pesky flies….seems like they can sprout up on demand once the fruit and veggies are set out …especially during the warmer weather. :)

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