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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies (It’s Not What You Think)


Every year we struggle with fruit flies. The temperature rises, you leave out one little piece of fruit, and the fruit flies slowly become overlords of the kitchen. Usually I’m able to get rid of them by keeping the fruit in the fridge, aggressively cleaning, and if all else fails, waiting until October or November when the temperature goes down far enough to kill them off for me.

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But not last year!! I don’t what kind of ridiculous strain of fruit fly came to live with us, but I could not get rid of them. There was no solution, bought or homemade that actually worked.

*gives death glare to anyone who suggests I make that homemade solution with fruit juice and a piece of saran wrap over a cup, or any variation of that*

It does. not. work.

And those sticky tapes? I’ve seen them work for other people, but my particular fruit flies refused to take the bait. Oh no, they laughed. We’ve seen those before and we’re faaaarrrr to smart.

To add insult to injury, the few fruit flies that managed to stick on the tape MANAGED TO FLY OFF AGAIN. What in the world!?!?!?

This fruit is a fruit fly's paradise.

So I had basically handed over my kitchen to the fruit flies and given up on ever having a bug free kitchen. Then one day, I tried to clean out my fridge and failed.

How can you fail at cleaning your fridge, you ask? Well, I had a small baby, was trying to do a million things at once, started cleaning out the fridge, got distracted by who knows what, and left out some containers of fruit. I remember thinking, “oh they’ll be fine. Fruit won’t go bad right away and I’ll put them back in a few minutes.”

A few minutes turned into a few days and suddenly my grapes were no good anymore. But something something interesting happened. The fruit flies finally disappeared.

You see, the grapes were in a Tupperware Fridge Smart. For once, the fruit flies were attracted to the fruit, but there was no way those slimy buggers could actually get out. Sure, it was gross cleaning out the container. But they were finally gone!!!!!!

I don’t sell Tupperware nor am I sponsored by them. If you know a Tupperware Lady, throw some money at her and buy a small herb sized Fridge Smart for around $20. You could also try these containers on Amazon that would likely do the job too. But I’m not sure if they actually work as well as the Tupperware.

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Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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