How to get rid of fruit flies without using vinegar?

by Rma23460453
  14 answers
  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on May 22, 2017

    This recipe comes from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and has been handed down and used since 1850 in New England to get rid of fruit flies. I don’t know how someone thought it up, but it’s a good thing they did!

    You will need…

    -1 pint of milk

    -1/4 pound of raw sugar

    -2 ounces of ground pepper


    Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into shallow dishes and place these dishes around the house. For some peculiar reason, fruit flies are drawn to the mixture and will quickly suffocate/drown in it. You can try adding a drop or 2 of dish soap if they seem to be landing and flying away.

  • Debbie Debbie on Sep 23, 2016
    I've tried the vinegar also, didn't have much luck. We had soo many last night, I got the "zapper": that looks like a tennis racket, $3.00 at Walmart. That took care of them all......
  • Karen Karen on Sep 23, 2016
    I pour a little red wine into a into a container, wrap it with saran wrap, punch small holes in the plastic and watch those little suckers go right to it and can't get out!
  • Nee9908713 Nee9908713 on Sep 23, 2016
    A glass of white wine..squirt little Dawn on top..I have one or two on my counter...we're gardeners...They love it and they die happy😁
  • Sandra Lee Sandra Lee on Sep 23, 2016

    avon skin so soft. leave a few jar lids around with a bit of this in it, and the fruit flies will go to it and can not fly so die

  • Sue Sue on Sep 23, 2016
    I prefer to used fermenting fresh fruit -- tiny bits in small jar, even mashed around inside rim. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Poke tiny holes with toothpick. Flies go in, can't get out. Got rid of every one in my house.
  • Merica St John Merica St John on Sep 23, 2016
    I tried some of these methods but finally bought fly web fly trap. Works as a night light while it catches fruit flies and other small insects on a glue board behind a light. Plugs into any outlet and works! Light lasts years without replacing bulb, glue boards are cheap and I change mine about once a month.
  • Mandy Holley Mandy Holley on Sep 23, 2016
    I've tried multiple things, but the only thing I've found that works the best is pouring half of a cheap beer (not craft) into a shallow glass, a pump of dish soap to break the surface tension, covering it with plastic wrap and poking holes in the top with a sharp knife. I had a massive infestation after vacation, and they were COMPLETELY gone in 5 days when I set out 4 or 5 of these death traps.
  • PaTricia Bowen PaTricia Bowen on Sep 24, 2016
    I left a little Miracle Grow in a container over night, the next day I saw them floating in there. Works great and It was very easy. Those small 1oz. containers look nice on the counter.
  • Sue Emerson Sue Emerson on Sep 24, 2016
    Before going to bed, slice lemon in half and place it on top of piece of foil or a metal pan. Place it in oven and leave it overnight with oven door open slightly. In morning close oven door and turn on to 400•. After about 15 minutes, turn oven off and let cool. Wipe dead flies from oven.
  • Pla7352633 Pla7352633 on Aug 05, 2016
    We use plain dollar store salt shakers. Put a little cola in it and set it somewhere out of sight. Your salt shaker will be full of fruitflies in a day or so.
  • JMT JMT on Aug 05, 2016
    We tried this once years ago after a family get together with unwanted guests...fruit flies love sugar...anytime someone even had a fruit based drink (even wine) they would drive us nuts. So, we decided to give the fruit flies their own drink. My father got some inexpensive jug wine that we kept for making Sunday sauce with. We poured the wine in a wide mouthed glass and put it in a separate room from wherever were. Those little suckers just div bombed right into the wine and had a gentle but happy passing. And having Sunday dinner took on an entire new meaning! We still do this now years later at the time of year when the little creatures start invading our space & food!
  • JoLeen Bolton JoLeen Bolton on Aug 05, 2016
    About an inch of soapy water left in the sink overnight got tons of the pesky fruit flies! I heard about it somewhere and decided to try it. Just pulled the plug next morning. I'll have to try some of these other ways to see which one I like best.
  • Marcia Reed Marcia Reed on Jul 24, 2013
    I used to own a bakery and in the early fall they would swarm the bakery cases. I used a clear glass or mason jar, put a banana peel in the jar and then covered the jar with clear plastic. Once you secure it on then poke tiny holes in the top. They will smell their way in, but cannot find their way out. Try it! You will be surprised!