Fruit Flies Don’t Bother Me

May 31st, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Short or Sweet

If you’re looking to catch fruit flies and don’t want to practice nabbing them with chopsticks, you can use this easy combo of ingredients to rid yourself of a fruit fly invasion.

All you need is a little dish, some apple cider vinegar and dish soap to make your own fruit fly trap.


Pour apple cider into dish and stir in a squirt or two of dish soap. Set dish in an out of the way place somewhere near the fruit flies.


Walk away whistling and pretend that you aren’t watching.  A couple of hours or overnight, those suckers can’t resist.


Isn’t there a saying “you catch more fruit flies with apple cider vinegar than chopsticks”?  Well there should be.

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12 Responses

  • Robin says:

    Thanks for the tip. I hate those things, I am always putting plants outside because I am afraid of getting fruit flies.

    I really want to try making the pudding, yum, I wish I had some to eat tonight.

  • Jane/you-know-who says:

    Thanks for the tip. Insects & spiders may *live* outside, but inside the house, well that is another story.

  • Leah says:

    first off, your idea for fruit flies is awesome! i had so many attacking my fruit in my dorm last semester, i wish i had known about this! also, what recipe did you use for your tofu pudding? i make one with silken tofu as well, and once i refridgerate it, it gets superrr firm, almost like a ganache

  • Jennifer says:

    That is so cool!!! Not that you have fruit flies (haha) but how you get rid of them. I never knew that.

    Do you usually leave your fruit and veggies out or do you refrigerate some?

  • Alison says:

    Leah, I used this recipe from Mothering. I’m interested to hear that you’ve made it and it turned out right, because that leads me to believe I probably used too much silken tofu. The recipe called for 8oz and I probably used a little more than that, because I wanted to finish up the container and not leave just a little bit left in the container. Is your recipe similar to the one I used?

    Jennifer, I leave apples, bananas, citrus and tomatoes on the counter. (Maybe a few others, but that’s all I can think of off the top of my head). Just about everything else goes in the fridge.

  • Leah says:

    my recipe is actually embarassingly simple…i use mori-nu tofu and stick the whole chunk in the food processor, blend it until its smooth, and then add cocoa powder, sometimes chocolate protein powder, and some stevia if i feel it needs it…sometimes if im feeling extra indulgent i will add melted chocolate, then i stick it in the fridge and it hardens in about an hour

  • Jane/you-know-who says:

    Tonight I saw a fruit fly hovering above my organic grape tomatoes and I thought *A-HA, I think I remember something about ridding the house of these peskies on Mama’s Weeds*. So I’m applying your technique and hoping for the best (seeing them swimming at the bottom of the cider/dish soap concoction).

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