If you're frantically trying to figure out how to get rid of fruit flies quickly and organically, you've come to the right place. Personally, when we notice pest problems in our own homes (silverfish, we're looking at you), we immediately prioritize the issue and would do just about anything to solve it. But there's no need to panic. Unlike other unwanted house guests, fruit flies are pretty benign. That said, they're quite a nuisance and can become a sanitation issue if not addressed early.
The good news is that you can put down the heavy-duty (and probably toxic) pest control sprays. Instead, we suggest you go scavenging through your kitchen cabinets to make home remedies. Yes, it's that easy. According to Organic Lesson, some of the best at-home remedies to combat fruit flies are apple cider vinegar and red wine traps. And on that note, we say out with the gnatsty. Below, find the full instructions on how to get rid of fruit flies the easy and organic way.
Apple Cider Vinegar Trap
For this method, you'll need a container, dish soap, water, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Pour two tablespoons of vinegar, one tablespoon of sugar, a few drops of soap, and a liter of water into your container. Then mix all of your ingredients together. Once your concoction is ready, place it in the area where the gnats are swarming. If they seem to be flying around all over the place rather than one concentrated space, set up multiple containers. Planet Natural advises that you place the containers near sinks, open garbage cans, or unrefrigerated produce, as those are the leading causes of fruit flies. The scent from the apple cider vinegar will attract the fruit flies, and then the soap's stickiness will trap them.
Red Wine Trap
If you don't have the right kind of vinegar lying around the house, red wine will do the trick just as well. Use the same exact ingredients and ratios as the above gnat-be-gone cocktail, but just swap out the apple cider vinegar for red wine. Since you will only need to use two tablespoons, you won't have to waste a nice bottle of wine. And if you don't have either apple cider vinegar or red wine in your kitchen cupboards, we'd say it's a safe bet you'd rather run to the supermarket for the latter. Again, if you can't seem to locate the source of the gnats, then spread out several containers.
How to Prevent an Infestation
Once you've contained the fruit fly crisis, think about prevention. This means tossing out your unrefrigerated produce right when it goes bad, remembering not to leave dirty dishes in the sink for an extended period of time, and taking out your trash regularly.