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How to Kill Those Pesky Little Fruit Flies

I woke up yesterday morning to a fruit fly infestation. One even flew into my egg as I was scrambling it (ewwww). They’re too small to get consistently with my electric mosquito swatter and they drive me crazy. But there’s a really easy way to trap and kill just about all of them.

Take a glass or mug and pour in about a half inch of red wine vinegar (other vinegars probably work, but this is what I’ve always used and have had great luck). Cover the opening tightly with plastic wrap. Poke six or seven holes in the top with a toothpick, wiggling it a bit to make the holes big enough for a fruit fly to climb through.

Then leave it alone for a few hours. They love the smell of vinegar and will climb in to get it, and will drown. If they don’t drown immediately, they’ll have trouble crawling back out of the holes and will hang around inside until they do drown.

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6 Responses to “How to Kill Those Pesky Little Fruit Flies”

  1. Kat Catania on August 30th, 2012 10:14 am

    Thanks for the fruit fly tip – we’ve had tons of them. Izzy calls them “food bees.”

    Take care Gertrude!


    Amy Reply:

    @Kat Catania: You’re so welcome, Gertrude! :-D

  2. Nancy Johnson Horn ( on August 30th, 2012 11:21 am

    I always wondered how to kill them. I got a few mangoes two weeks ago and they were around.

    Amy Reply:

    @Nancy Johnson Horn (: It works really well. I’m always surprised at how many people don’t know about this super easy solution!

  3. Leticia- Tech Savvy Mama on September 15th, 2012 10:41 pm

    Ugh! We have been subjected to some fruit flies and I couldn’t remember what liquid they liked best! Thanks for a timely post because I was getting ready to Google when I got distracted by the posts in my Reader!
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    Amy Reply:

    @Leticia- Tech Savvy Mama: I just put out another cup last night – damn cantaloup! Woke up to find two bugs in there. :-)