I don’t know about you – but my kitchen always seems to be over-run with fruit flies this time of year. They’re EVERYWHERE – constantly swarming about our food. I’m not a fan.
Now, if you happen to love fruit flies – the rest of this post will offend you. If however, you find yourself sick of these tiny insects flying about your kitchen, read on!
I’ve tried multiple things over the years to trap and kill my fruit flies. I’ve tried the apple cider vinegar trick. I’ve put it in a jar. I’ve made a paper funnel for them to fly down into. It didn’t work. I tried the dish soap trick. It didn’t work. Then, my amazing husband found a trick this morning, and we decided to give it a go. Worked like a charm!
cup or jar (*Don’t use a bowl! They can get a “taste” on the sides and get back out!)
dry active yeast
Put a few spoonfuls of the dry active yeast into your jar. Add a spoonful of sugar. The amounts don’t need to be precise. Add warm water. Allow the jar to sit on your counter in an area that is typically over-run with fruit flies.
Within minutes, you’ll start to see the flies coming to “take a drink.” Within a couple of hours, I probably had 50+ fruit flies in my jar of yeast.
*If I happened to walk by and noticed fruit flies on the sides of the jar, I would simply cover the top of the jar with my hand and “swish” the liquid, causing the flies to fall into the yeast water.
Hopefully this will work for you as well as it worked for us, and you’ll see a decrease of fruit flies in your kitchen!
Oh I do hope it works as well for me! Next summer anyway. Mine seem to be all gone. I have a weird problem every year. They get in my ice maker in my refrigerator. Then when I get ice they get inside my glass. UGH. I can smell them in my drink. I know the wee biddies are in there whether I can see them or not!
Oh no! That sounds really gross! I hope this works for you too! We put cups of this yeast water in our kitchen and out in our garage – and in the garage especially, the whole cup was BLACK within a few days.
Thank you so much for sharing this. I absolutely hate fruit flies!