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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally

When I began my Real Food journey my kitchen was filled with fermented foods, lots of fruits and veggies, and, of course, a countertop compost pail. All of those things are a lovely part of a healthy kitchen, but in the hotter months the sugars and bacteria produced by these healthy foods can create a fruit fly free-for-all.  Yuck!

The last thing any real foodie wants is a pesky little fruit fly buzzing around as she sips her homemade kombucha.

Did you know fruit flies can transport bad bacteria from place to place and leave their larvae behind in your precious plant foods? I love natural living, but this is not what I had in mind when I chose this lifestyle. Luckily, fruit flies are easy to get rid of without using harsh toxins.

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Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally with this Simple Method

1.  Place an empty glass jar on the counter and fill it halfway with apple cider vinegar.
2.  Squeeze a drop or two of clear, fragrance-free dish detergent into the cup to break the surface tension.
3.  By morning you’ll find fruit flies floating in the vinegar.  I leave this out for a couple of days to make sure they are all gone.
Since I began fermenting foods and drinks, I keep a small glass jar of apple cider vinegar and dish detergent in my kitchen at all times.

If you don’t want to use this DIY fruit fly trap, try some of my recommended non-toxic fruit fly trap products below.

Editor’s Note:  Since writing this note I have also experimented with using kombucha, wine and fruit juice with good results.

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