Best Natural Way to Trap and Kill Fruit Flies with Vinegar

With fresh fruits and vegetables come the dreaded fruit flies.  These teeny tiny buggers aren’t harmful but they do multiply and are highly irritating.  When the weather turned warm, we noticed more and more flying around in our kitchen.  I used a very simple and all natural method to trap and kill them.  Now, I rarely see them anymore.

The method is SO simple that it never dawned on me to write about it until I saw that our friends had the same fruit flies problem.  Since they did not know how to get rid of them, I realized that some of you may need a tip too.

Here’s how to trap fruit flies with what you already have at home:

Best Natural Way to Trap and Kill Fruit Flies with Vinegar by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Simply use a ramekin, vinegar, and some cling wrap to trap and kill fruit flies.

Take a small bowl or ramekin and pour in a thin layer of a fruity, sticky vinegar.  I used balsamic vinegar but apple cider vinegar is also a good choice.  Leftover wine works too!

Next, stretch a piece of cling film over the bowl.  Using a toothpick, poke some holes a bit bigger than the flies all over the cling film.  Leave the fly trap near your fruit bowl, sink, garbage, or wherever the fruit flies tend to buzz around.

The fruit flies, drawn to the smell of the vinegar, will crawl in through the holes.  They’re too dumb to find their way out and will eventually drown in the vinegar.  Problem solved.

In addition, wash your fruit as soon as you bring them home to remove any eggs that will hatch into flies.  If you know someone experiencing the same annoying problem, be sure to share this quick little tip with them!



  1. April 10, 2012 by Linda

    I do this with apple cider vinegar! 

  2. April 10, 2012 by Kira

    That one works for me!! I have used it time and time again…

  3. April 10, 2012 by Melody Fury

    Smart girl :)

  4. April 15, 2012 by Chris at HyeThymeCafe

    Funny timing.  I just learned this from an Aunt – she left out her wine glass after dinner when she noticed some fruit flies.  Didn’t even need the cover, just a little wine left in the bottom of the glass.  :)

  5. April 16, 2012 by Kathy

    Even easier… leave a small amount of red wine in the bottom of the wine bottle and set the open bottle wherever you have fruit flies. The flies can’t find their way out and die very happily. I learned this when I once had composting worms and they couldn’t keep up with production. 

  6. April 16, 2012 by Melody Fury

    That’s a great tip too. Thanks, Kathy!

  7. April 16, 2012 by Margaret Antkowski

    Never thought of doing this but it’s a great tip. Makes so much sense. Thanks for sharing the tip you learned from your friends. 

  8. April 16, 2012 by Melody Fury

    Of course! Hope it helps.

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