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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Every summer, I end up with at least one fruit fly infestation, and for years, I thought there was no easy way to get rid of fruit flies.

It starts out innocently enough — I’ll notice a fruit fly or two buzzing around a bunch of bananas on the kitchen counter. They’re annoying, but harmless. In a few days, though, the fruit flies have multiplied. Give them a week or two, and you end up with an entire fruit fly village in your home, buzzing in your face, dive bombing your end-of-the-day glass of Chardonnay, and generally making life unbearable.

Fortunately, an online friend told me years ago how to get rid of fruit flies, easily, cheaply, safely, and EFFECTIVELY. Here’s the recipe:

First, take a wide mouth jar and fill it 1/2 — 3/4 of the way full with apple cider vinegar. (No other vinegar will work, btw. It has to be apple cider vinegar.)

Add a few drops of dish soap, then fill the rest of the jar with water until the bubbles reach the rim of the jar.

Finally, in the words of my lovely friend…. WATCH THE CARNAGE.

If you leave that jar alone for a few hours, the fruit flies will come. TRUST ME. THEY WILL COME. Check it:

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