FRUIT FLIES – THOSE ANNOYING LITTLE BUGGERS – HOW TO GET RID OF THEM
Updated: Apr 30
Summer time is coming soon and what comes with summer, Fruit Flies. Yes, those annoying little, tiny, annoying flying buggers that really, I mean really get on my nerves. I tried so many ways to get rid of them and yes, I finally figured out a way to get rid of them. Let me tell you my story of how I got rid of them.
Well, as you may know, those things come out of nowhere, they were in the kitchen, then the bathroom and then in my bedroom. Now, in my bedroom is where they would annoy me the most because I’m trying to relax, and these things would fly up right in my face, one almost flew in my mouth.
I did my research on the buggers and found out they love fruit, (thus the name fruit flies duh) so if you have fruit out, you might get some fruit flies, especially in the warmer times of the year. I also read that when you buy fruit in the bag there may be fruit flies in the bag or on the fruit. So that’s one way they can get in your house.
My first try at trying to get rid of them was buying those fly sticky strips you hang up. That did not work at all. I did notice the strips did catch a couple of regular house flies. I kept checking the strip everyday for a week and I tell you the fruit flies were not trying to land on the strip.
Okay, meanwhile, as time is passing by these fruit flies are multiplying. So now I have them all over, especially on my mirrors in my bedroom. Now what’s crazy is that I did not have any fruit in my bedroom. I tore up my room making sure there was no food anywhere especially fruit. Yet, those fruit flies where still there. Now I’m thinking maybe I’ll buy a bug zapper, the ones they use outside with the light.
The next thing I tried was vacuuming them with the vacuum cleaner. I would wait until I would see them on the mirror, on the curtain, the wall, where ever they were. I would use the hose and sneak up o them and suck them up in the vacuum cleaner. Now at first, for like a week, I thought that was working but they showed back up again.
I tried Diatomaceous Earth, (DE) which is a silica. Diatomaceous Earth causes insects to dry out and die by absorbing the oils and fats from the cuticle of the insect's exoskeleton. Its sharp edges are abrasive, speeding up the process. It remains effective if it is kept dry and undisturbed. Now this stuff does work because I found a cricket dried up where I had put the DE. I sprinkled the DE where I could to try to get rid of the fruit flies but that didn’t help either.
Finally, what helped was a product at Walmart called Terro Fruit Fly Traps. These were okay. You have to use the liquid they give you and put the liquid in the apple shaped containers. Now what was crazy about this is that the fruit flies would just fly on the outside of the container and just chill or stay on the top. So, now I’m mad again, thinking this didn’t work either and was a waste of money. But……. a week later I picked up the apple container (because I was taking it back to Walmart to get my money back) and I look at the bottom and saw all these dead fruit flies in the container. I thought YESSSS finally something that works! I was doing a happy dance.
Another method that works is using Apple Cider Vinegar, (AVC) or Wine in a container or dish with dish detergent mixed together. Any dish detergent will do but I use dawn. This method worked well. I used a 16 ounce water bottle and put half a bottle of water in the bottle and two tablespoons of with the Apple Cider Vinegar and a drizzle of dish detergent. Shake the bottle up until it gets real sudsy. I put a bottle in the bathroom, kitchen, and my bedroom of course and it worked very well for me. I also tried it with wine instead of ACV and the wine worked too but I think I like using the ACV better.
The fruit flies will land on the bottle and just stay there but they eventually go into the bottle.
So, try the Apple Cider Vinegar, or wine to get rid of those pesky little buggers.
You can go to my new Facebook page Joy Chase to see my video of the fruit flies I caught in the Apple Cider Vinegar trap. You can definitely see the fruit flies swirling around in the bottle and this was within 2 or 3 days. When ever I see any of them flying around I just make up a bottle of the ACV mixture and within days they are in the bottle. Yeah!!! :)
Hey and make sure to put the bottles or dishes in places away from the children.
Let me know if this works for you or if you have been successful using some other method getting rid of fruit flies.
Update June 2018: I found something else that I tried to get rid of these fruit flies. I bought a zapper. This one I got from Lowes. It cost around $7.00. At first I thought this thing is not going to work but let me tell you it does zap them. Only thing, you have to hold it in your hand. It's shaped like a tennis racket and it's powered by two double A batteries.
Again this has worked well for me. I like hearing the little buggers being zapped. If you purchase one make sure to keep it away from children.