How to Control Fruit Flies in Your Kitchen
Here in the heart of summer, if you’re like me you probably have lots of summer produce on your kitchen counters and tables. And it doesn’t take long from some annoying and uninvited visitors to show up: Fruit Flies! Those little pests have a knack for finding the peach, nectarine, plum, tomato or pepper that is beginning to become over-ripe – and then they swarm, feed, grow in numbers and suddenly your kitchen feels like you’ve brought the compost pile inside! Yuck!
Here is a natural method for controlling fruit flies that my Mom recommended to me a couple of years ago. Where she learned it, I don’t know, but it works! It has kept my kitchen free from fruit flies on my Heirloom Tomatoes and Peaches that are ripening on the kitchen island. The sweet, ripe aroma of Cider Vinegar seems to attract the fruit flies into the jar. Then the acidity of the vinegar and mild viscosity added with the dish soap trap them in the liquid. Brilliant!
- Fill a small jar or cup halfway with Cider Vinegar
- Add a drop of dish soup
- Cover the jar with plastic stretch wrap
- Poke several small holes in the plastic wrap (about 1/8”, bigger than a toothpick, smaller than a pencil)
- Place the jar near your room temperature produce