Compost Heaven

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies:
an Easy Fruit Fly Trap

Even the best kitchen composter sometimes end up with fruit flies.  It's hot.  You eat a lot of fruit.  The kids fall behind on emptying the compost crock.

How do you get rid of fruit flies before they drive you nuts?

It's easy to make a fruit fly trap and in just one night, you will see a decrease in your fruit fly population.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

  1. Step one.  Get rid of any source of fruit flies.  Empty your compost bucket and wash it out well.  Make sure you don't have any spoiled fruit in your fruit basket.  Do the dishes.  Take out the garbage.  Get rid of all sources.
  2. Step two.  Take a clean jar and put a piece of fruit in it.  Often I just take a piece from the compost bin which has been attracting the flies.  I've used honey, and lemon juice, but a squishy brown piece of old fruit works the best.
    Fruit Fly Trap
  3. Step three.  Stretch a piece of plastic wrap over the top and hold it in place with a rubber band or canning ring.
  4. Step four.  Prick a tiny hole in the plastic wrap.  This hole should be large enough for the flies to get in, and small enough so they can't find their way out.  I have made holes too big and watched the flies casually walk in and out of my trap.  I have never made the hole to small.  Those guys can get into anything.
  5. Step five.  Put the jar near the fruit flies and wait.  Usually by the next morning you will have a satisfying collection of fruit flies.  Take the jar outside and let them go.

You don't need to change the fruit every day, but you do need to change it occasionally.  I have let it go too long and I started breeding fruit flies inside my fruit fly trap.  Breeding fruit flies is not the way to get rid of fruit flies.

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