Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally – Trap and Repellent

A couple weeks ago given a pretty huge amount of pears. (Yay! They’re one of my most favourite fruits.) Unfortunately as they have been laying out to ripen, I have developed a bit of a fruit fly infestation in my home. I have tried a lot of different methods to get rid of fruit flies in the past, and a friend showed me this cone trick just recently. It’s been fantastic, and I think I have finally found the best two strategies. Here is how to get rid of fruit flies with a trap and keep them away with a natural repellent spray.

Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally - Fruit Fly Trap and Fruit Fly Repellent Spray

Fruit Fly Trap

You will need:

-a jar

-a piece of paper


-bait – I have had the best luck with a simple piece of fruit


How to:

Place your bait into the jar.

Curl the paper into a cone with a small hole – just big enough for a fruit fly to climb in through. Tape it in place.

Place the cone onto the jar ensuring that the cone doesn’t touch the bottom while resting along the top.

Create a seal around the cone and jar to ensure the fruit flies cannot escape.


Fruit Fly Repellent Spray

You will need:

-spray bottle (tinted is best)

-lemongrass essential oil



How to:

Pour 1/4 c distilled water into the spray bottle.

Add 10 drops lemongrass essential oil.


To use, spray around windows, over window screens, and around doorways.

Shake before each use.


How do you get rid of fruit flies naturally?

Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally - Fruit Fly Trap and Fruit Fly Repellent Spray

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14 Comment

  1. Reply
    September 8, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I like to use a jar with a small amount of apple cider vinegar and plastic wrap over the top. Poke some small holes with a toothpick. Works like a charm. 😃

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      September 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

      That is what I used to do too until my friend just showed me the cone. I tried making a couple of both types at the same time, and the cone method definitely caught more flies for me this time. If it’s working for you though, that’s great!

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    Lexi @That Fit Fam
    September 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I need to try this! We had a major fruit fly infestation in this area last October, so I’m excited to try this in a couple months! We’ve done the vinegar trap before, but I wanna see if something works better.

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      September 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Oh, yikes! This came at the right time for you then. Yes, I’ve always done the vinegar trap with plastic wrap before as well. I made both at the same time for testing, and I had much better results with this method.

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    Jamie Marie
    September 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    You have got some great tips here! Thanks so much for sharing with us on the Homesteader hop!

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      September 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you! I’m happy to stop by.

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    Alicia Owen
    September 14, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Definitely trying this tomorrow. We have had such a problem with these! I’ve even been getting better about dumping our compost bowl into the bin outside more regularly and they are still bad. 🙁 Yuck! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Hop!

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      September 15, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Oh yeah, compost is a major fruit fly baiting culprit, seems like no matter how often it goes out. This should help get rid of them. Maybe even spray your compost bin with the repellent. I did that with the cupboard that I store my kombucha in because they loved that too. You’re welcome!

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    September 16, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Oh I’m saving this for sure. We’re just heading into Spring in South Africa and the files are already waking up from their Winter slumber.

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      September 16, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Uh oh! I’m glad this came to you at the right time.

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    September 20, 2016 at 6:16 am

    This is such a smart and frugal solution to those pesky flies. If only we would have known about it sooner. Pinning.

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      September 20, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Thank you! Now you can have it ready for next year. 🙂

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    Kathryn Grace
    September 24, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Usually what I do to get rid of them is remove anything they feed on. That means I put all my fruit, tomatoes and other produce that can’t be stored in the fridge in tightly sealed jars and bowls–and use them quickly, as they’re not meant to be kept in sealed environments. Today, I’m trying your method because those pesky bugs like my compost bucket too, and keeping it sealed is a BIG pain! Thanks so much for the suggestion. Shared and pinned.

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      September 24, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Yes, I always store away any food as well when the fruit flies start up, but a some still seem to want to hang around. This should help you get rid of the last of yours! 🙂

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