Fruit flies are invading my house and I can hardly get rid of them, but at least I got a post out of the whole ordeal.
I realized today that I forgot one of the ways in which I use my bottle of hydrogen peroxide sanitizing spray.
We have fruit flies. Bad.
I’ve never seen so many fruit flies in one poor little kitchen.
Luckily my grandma just showed me a super-easy (like, you won’t even have to print this out or refer back to it, you’ll just remember) method for getting rid of fruit flies. Not that I don’t want you to come back. Maybe you should click around a little to find some other, more complicated posts that you’ll have to bookmark. “How to get rid of fruit flies” isn’t one of them, unfortunately for me!
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
- Put something sweet in a small bowl. This could be corn syrup, fruit peels, a piece of banana, or my grandma used red wine vinegar (but I’m not sure why).
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, very tightly.
- Poke a series of holes (10 or so) in the top. The fruit flies can get in, but they can’t figure out how to get out. Use a sharp kitchen knife.
- Simple, simple, simple.
- UPDATE: An even BETTER idea for how to get rid of fruit flies popped up in the comments! I tried it and it works just as well, if not better. Thank you, Jean!
Of course, the most effective method to get rid of fruit flies once and for all is still manual extermination. This causes my kiddos to run around the house clapping and smacking things to mimic me, but it’s worth it. Gross, though. I have fruit flies all over my counter and hands. It was then that I was reminded of my stand-by bottles under my sink, and the fact that I forgot to mention the “squirt-the-counter-when-you-kill-an-insect” use. We’ve battled ants naturally, too, and the occasional spider. It’s nice to have something that I can quickly grab, squirt, and be germ-free in seconds.
I totally bleached out a (new, of course!) shirt spraying my old bottle of bleach water on the counter after killing a spider, then leaning against it without thinking. Hydrogen peroxide could still kill a shirt, but cut 50/50 with water is a bit safer. Be sure to check out the three simple natural cleaners that I use for all kitchen cleaning!
More that works for me:
- Kids’ Responsibility for Unpacking the Lunch
- Aluminum in Antiperspirants: Hazard or Hoax?
- My BEST Kitchen Time-Saver