If you have a problem with fruit flies in your home, you're not alone. Here's a little hack that will help you get rid of them.

Over the weekend, I began to notice that I had a little problem in my home. It's a problem that seems to pop up this time of year, and I know that I am not the only one currently dealing with it. I'm talking about fruit flies. These little pests are starting to pop up in my kitchen. I knew that I knew a remedy to get rid of them, but I couldn't remember the exact ingredients. So I went down a rabbit hole to find an article about how to get rid of fruit flies that I wrote a few years ago. I found it, but I thought that if I were searching for how to get rid of fruit flies, others might be too. So, here I am with a little help in that department.

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Where Do The Fruit Flies Come From?

Before we get into that, it's first important to know why these pests are invading your home. Fruit flies are naturally attracted to fermenting fruits and vegetables and thrive on high-fructose substances, according to Country Living. You see so many of them after a day or so because you probably have some overripe, rotting, or decaying fruit in your kitchen. That's where the female fruit flies lay their eggs...which can be up to 500 eggs at a time! That's why it's best to get a handle on the pests whenever you first start to notice them.

How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies

Now, for what you're really here for. There are a few home remedies you can try to get rid of fruit flies in your home. The first thing that you want to do is clean off all of your surfaces. Fruit flies are not fans of clean surfaces. It should also be noted that you will want to pitch all of your overripe or rotting produce since that's what the flies are attracted to. After that, there are a few options you could try. Country Living has some home remedies that you can try out to get rid of them. One of those home remedies is the one that I tried in the past, and it really helped out at my house, so I'll be putting it to good use again this week.

Two Ingredients You Need To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies

All you need is some apple cider vinegar and dish soap for this DIY remedy to get rid of fruit flies.

  • Fill a bowl or cup with apple cider vinegar and add a little bit of dish soap.
  • Mix it up well.
  • Set the mixture out in the area(s) where the fruit flies are prevalent and wait.

According to Country Living, this works because:

The stale sweetness of the apple cider vinegar tempts flies, and the dish soap works to decrease the surface tension of the liquid, causing the flies to become immersed immediately upon investigating the solution and unable to escape.

As I previously stated, I've tried this hack in the past, and I can confirm that it does work, and it also works well for gnats too. This remedy is definitely worth trying out if you find your home infested with fruit flies one day. Not to mention, it is super easy to create. You don't have to do it exactly like the video above shows. The last time I tried it, I used a plastic disposable cup with some saram wrap over the top that I poked holes in. It's up to you, what kind of container you want to use. Either way, the results should be the same.

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