Getting Rid of Fruit Flies

Getting Rid of Fruit Flies and Worm Composting

Getting rid of fruit flies is a common problem associated with worm composting. Personally I haven’t had any problems with fruit flies in my worm bins. I always bury my food scraps with lots of bedding and so far that seems to work well.

But I have definitely had problems with fruit flies gathering around my fermenting water kefir or ripening bananas on the counters in the kitchen.  And they multiply like crazy making the problem worse very quickly!

We have tried several ways to get rid of fruit flies. We tried making home made traps with vinegar in a jar, covered with saran wrap with a few holes in it. This certainly attracted the fruit flies and we had some that drowned in the vinegar. But then a lot of them were very good at getting out of the holes when they were finished. This was very frustrating watching them exiting our good homemade fruit fly trap!

Then we used sticky fly paper for a while. This was great when the fruit flies decided to land on it but they didn’t do that so often and sometimes I ended up waving the fly paper in their direction trying to make contact with them so they would stick to it.

Fruit Fly Traps from Gardeners.com Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Our best results were when we tried Fruit Fly Traps from Gardeners Supply.  They work by luring fruit flies into the traps using an all natural, non toxic, weak vinegar solution. Just don’t turn the trap upside down or some will leak out!

About 2 years ago we bought some of these fruit fly traps and they worked great.  In a very short time, our fruit fly population was decimated and they didn’t return.  We just placed one of these traps next to our fruit bowl and the water kefir and they did the trick!  Then we replaced it every 30 days during the summer months and we had no more fruit fly problem.  They also sell pretty ceramic boxes to put the trap in but we just used it plain and it worked fine.