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Fruit Fly Frustrations?

July 13, 2011

It’s hot, humid, and we have lots of fruit and veggies in a basket on the kitchen counter. Basically, we have the perfect conditions for fruit flies in the kitchen. This is happening at my office as well, and on a much bigger scale. Several of my co-workers were hoping to get someone to spray our office; but thankfully, my innovative co-worker, Hannah, came up with a non-toxic way to control our little visitors!

For an effective fruit fly trap, all you need is:

  • Dishsoap. I used Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap.
  • A cup or glass
  • A square of aluminum foil big enough to cover the top of your cup
  • Small bits of fruit. Whatever you have around should be fine. I used strawberry hulls and one slice of banana.
  • A rubber band to hold the foil in place.
  • A screwdriver, scissors, or whatever you have handy to put holes in the foil.


  1. Mix a small squirt of dishsoap with an ounce or two of water in a cup or glass. You don’t need much soap, or water.
  2. Drop in a few chunks of fruit.
  3. Cover the top of the cup with foil, wrap a rubber band around it to secure it better.
  4. Punch several holes in the top so that the flies can get it.
  5. Voilà!!! You have a fruit fly trap!

I recommend changing out the water, soap & fruit every other day. It keeps the trap at peak effectiveness!  Upon researching a bit, I read that vinegar & dishsoap works well too. Maybe I’ll try that next time!

Do you have any interesting, and non-toxic home remedies worth sharing?

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