Cleaning expert shares trick to get rid of fruit flies in your home – and it’s free

A cleaning guru has shared a cheap and easy hack that will help banish pesky fruit flies from your home this summer — and all you need is a piece of groceries you already have

Fruit flies on squeezed lemon slice
Fruit flies are a nightmare – but fight them with a simple trick (stock photo)

One of the unfortunate side effects of the warming weather is the increased number of insects entering our homes.

And while it’s no big deal to fight the occasional moth or spider, getting rid of the bugs that seem to invade in swarms can be a lot more complicated.

Fruit flies are just one of those insects that can appear almost out of nowhere and plague your home in an instant — and no amount of bug spray or fly swatter ever seems enough to kill them.

But a cleaning expert on TikTok has come up with the perfect hack to say goodbye to fruit flies by simply luring them in with a plastic container and a small bait.

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Jen, who posts under the username @cleanwithjen, said her kitchen attracts dozens of the tiny flies every summer. To tackle the problem head-on, she simply mashes some fruit at the bottom of a plastic container and covers it with cling film.

In her video she said: “This is how you get rid of fruit flies – if your kitchen is like mine then they are everywhere.

“Grab a container and mash up some fruit, I chose strawberries.

“Then cover your container with some cling film and poke some very small holes in the top of the film. Then just leave them on the counter.

Jens Hack catches flies and doesn’t let them out



“The flies are attracted by the smell of the fruit, they climb through the small holes to get there and they won’t get out and will be trapped forever.

“You’re welcome!”

And Jen’s video attracted over 400 comments from people desperate for a solution to their fruit fly problem, as many of them said they would try the hack as soon as possible.

One person said: “I feel like I’ve never noticed these flies before and this year I can’t move for them! I’m definitely trying.”

While another added: “I thought that was just me. They are everywhere right now. I will definitely try.”

And a third wrote: “That’s such a good tip, thanks!”

Other commenters also left alternative tips that followed a similar method but used products like apple cider vinegar instead of fruit.

Someone remarked, “I’ve never had a problem, but I’ve had tons over the past few weeks. I did the same trick but with apple cider vinegar. The problem is now solved!”

As someone else agreed, writing, “I make this with apple cider vinegar. They always just come out of nowhere and then suddenly there’s a lot!”

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