Jeanette S
Jeanette S
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  • Atlanta, GA

Snare Those Awful Fruit Flies!


These nasty little creatures drive me nuts! Hubby read in his "Handy Dandy Cure for Everything Book" how to get rid of them. Get a small glass (mine are small candle holders), mix Apple Cider Vinegar (I had only red wine Vinegar and it worked), 2 drops dish washing liquid, mix well. Set away from where people gather and it draws them-notice flies sitting on rim. The light colored jar is what I poured out of my jar where I soak white raisins in gin (cheap gin) and take a couple tablespoons of raisins a day for aching joints. (Does this old home remedy work on your joints? Don't know, but I think the gin helps...HA! And the flies love it!)
FYI...I seem to get these only in the summer. The "Book" says they are brought in with plants and fruit. That seems logical.
fruit fly solution remedy home made, pest control
These are the two combinations of "cocktails" for the fruit flies. It has been less than a week-you can see it is working.

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  • All29530316
    on Oct 4, 2017

    Are there directions for what you did?
    • Jeanette S
      on Oct 4, 2017

      Get a small glass (mine are small candle holders about the size of shot glass...in fact, shot glass would work), mix red wine Vinegar, 2 drops Dawn dish washing liquid, mix well. Set away from where people gather and it draws them-notice flies sitting on rim. Some folks say Dawn works best...it just happened to be what I normally use! Good luck.

      P.S. The photo shows one lighter than the other. In the light one I used Gin from a jar of raisins that were soaking in it instead of vinegar...it was an experiment to see which would work best...both worked great!

      Also note that when I set this out in a small bowl before, it did not work!

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  • Chekiter Esther
    on Feb 5, 2017

    Had these nasty things too! Used apple cider or regular vinegar, pinch of sugar and 3 or 4 drops of Dawn dish soap in a shot glass. Put it in the corner on the countertop and it worked! Seems thousands were in the glass! Now I set them all over the house, just in case. May catch a few, but not as many as before and its so nice!

  • Claire - Heart Handmadeuk
    on Apr 19, 2019

    I use the bottom of an envelope that has been shipped and turned into a cone, then placed over the jars. So the flies can get in but not out 😬

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