10 Best Posts: Getting Rid of Fruit Flies & DIY Fruit Fly Traps

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Today I wanted to put together a post that everyone would find helpful. With the end of August the flies seem to be gaining strength again as summer produce fills kitchen counters, and we're seeing a lot of readers looking for fruit fly solutions in particular. To help out, I've pooled all of our collective knowledge right here in this one post. Let me know if it's helpful and add any other tips you have in the comments below.

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1. What Is a Fruit Fly?

"They feed and reproduce on soft, decaying fruit and vegetables, which is why you might also see them swarming around your fruit bowl once stuff starts to ripen."

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2. How To Repel Fruit Flies with Rue

"We recently noticed that our herb lady at the farmers' market has been selling rue. She told us that rue has traditionally been used in folk remedies, but that most people find it too bitter to eat. She also had another intriguing suggestion. Put it in the kitchen, she said. It will keep flies at bay!"

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3. How to Make A Fruit Fly Trap

This is our basic step by step instruction from Emily Ho. "With just four simple items, you can make a non-toxic and highly effective fruit fly trap."

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4. Super Simple DIY Fruit Fly Trap

This is even simpler, requires less work and adds the novel touch of a dash of dishwashing soap to further trap the flies.



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5. RIP Fruit Fly Death Trap with Pattern

This is a fun upgrade on the standard trap with a downloadable PDF of a cone stencil with smart graphics on the top. Sure to be a conversation starter!


6. How Do YOU Get Rid of Fruit Flies?

This Reader Intelligence Report outlines the five basic solutions and gathers 42 more comments from readers around the world to add to the crowd sourced solutionbase. Bananas as bait are a big mention.


AROUND THE WEB


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7. How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies

This is a multiple list of tips from Wikihow.com that nicely outlines the category with pictures.

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8. How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies

A nice in depth piece from Real Simple with a number of supporting links as well.

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9. Simple Trap Video

Easy walk through by fellow on YouTube. Nice to have him speak it all out for you.

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10. Fruit Fly Trap Slideshow

Final helpful post on Instructables that has some new ideas, including the soap bubble trap.

(Images: fruit fly closeup Flickr member shioshvili, licensed for use under Creative Commons, "Around the Web" as noted, all others from Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn)