Fruit flies only live for a few days, and if you can break their life cycle then you will be able to rid yourself of them.
- First off, cover your worm bins with a thick layer of shredded newspaper to prevent fruit flies from getting down into the moist compost where they will lay eggs.
- Second, take the bin outside, if you can, to air it out, even for a few hours a day. This will help dry the top layers and allow fruit flies to exit the bin into the open air and not your house.
- Third, make sure your food scraps are free of fruit fly eggs by keeping them sealed and then freezing them before use.
- Fourth, employ the ultimate fruit fly trap.
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Fast
I have tried all the different fruit fly traps. They all work, but not well enough. The other day I was studying the fruit flies around the fruit bowl, looking for where they were landing. Then it came to me:
Take a small cup of some sort and add a little cider vinegar:
Wrap a sticky trap around the cup with the sticky side in:
You will need to attach the edges of the sticky trap with additional tape. It’s not sticky enough to stay attached to the cup on its own.
You’ve got the ultimate fruit fly trap:
These results are after the trap was out overnight!
I think this trap is safe to use inside a worm bin with the lid off. If you close the lid, the moisture in the bin renders the sticky surface no longer sticky.
I’ve put cups of cider vinegar in my bins before to control fruit flies and only once have I found a worm inside the cidar vinegar cup.
These sticky traps work great for fruit flies if you can find where they are landing. Since they like the very edges of things, this can be quite difficult. Wrapping the sticky trap around the vinegar ensures a spot where they are landing!
I used to lay the sticky trap inside the fruit bowl, but it’s a nuisance having a clear, sticky strip inside the fruit bowl.