DIY: Fruit Flies Be Gone

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The fruit flies, or flute flies as my daughter calls them, ARE BACK. I hate fruit flies. They are gross and annoying.  I don’t know why but every year I forget that there is an easy DIY tip to get rid of fruit flies until 1 or 2 weeks into this horrible season. If you don’t get them, well lucky you!! They seriously start to creep me out to the point I feel like they are crawling on me. EW! The awesome part is when I do remember this easy trick, I can go right to the kitchen, concoct it, and let it start working its magic. Best of all it’s low cost too.

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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Easily

  • Put vinegar in a small container. I go pretty with little jars or glass bottles and use balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or fruity vinegars.
  • Add a generous squirt of dish soap
  • Change the solution out every few days and start fresh, or as soon as you have a mass graveyard of fruit flies.

Within 2 days your fruit fly population should greatly decrease. Well, mine has every time I’ve used it, and I’ve done this for 3 years now. I put a jar of it next to my fruit bowl and anywhere the fruit flies tend to hover. Everything I have read says the vinegar attracts them and the dish soaps weights them down so they can’t fly once they take the bait. How scientific is that? I have no idea, but it’s working for me so I’ll stick with it.

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Heather writes at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond where the food is (mostly) real and the making's easy. She believes any one can cook. Just follow the steps, starting at #1. Read, follow, taste, venture out. Don't be afraid to fail, then try again. Her other hats are homeschooling, editing fiction, ghostwriting, and culinary marketing. Oh, and she believes life is always better with dessert.

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