Tomato Season = Fruit Fly Season

As soon as the wonderful garden tomatoes started coming into the house, I knew this day would come.  Every year I wait, ready with the towel to start swatting.    Those darn fruit flies make me look like a lunatic in the kitchen.  Standing by the sink, towel in hand, swatting at invisible specks on the cabinets.   And then they start to multiply, and I just can’t swat them away anymore.


So what to do?  I did this last year and it worked beautifully.  Almost time to get it out again.  So, if you find your kitchen a haven for fruit flies, gather these few supplies.

  • apple vinegar
  • liquid dish detergent
  • plastic wrap
  • small bowl
  • rubber band


  • Pour a little cider vinegar into a small bowl
  • Add just a drop of liquid dish detergent (something to do with breaking the surface tension, trapping the bugs)
  • Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and fasten to dish with a rubber band.


  • Cut a few slits in the plastic wrap so the flies can crawl in.


  • They can crawl in, but can’t get out!

4 responses to “Tomato Season = Fruit Fly Season

  1. I used this trick for the first time last year. I was shocked how well it worked.

  2. This is SO handy! I will definitely be using this in our kitchen.

    • I think a little red wine might work too, in case you don’t have apple cider vinegar just sitting around :-). I find them congregating in the wine glass if I set it on the counter.

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