Fruit Fly Trap Using Kombucha

So you’ve learned how to brew Kombucha, in fact you have a supply readily on hand.  If you have more Kombucha than you can drink, there are a number of ways to put the extra to good use.
Particularly useful in the summertime, a little Kombucha in a shallow dish can solve your kitchen’s fruit fly infestation in a snap.  Check out the Advanced Tip, especially if you have a garden to grow.
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GET RID OF FRUIT FLIES:

1.  Find a small dish.
2.  Fill most of the way with Kombucha.
3.   Add a drop of soap.
4.  Leave on counter top or window sill.
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ADVANCED TIP:
What other ways do YOU use extra Kombucha around the house?

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Responses to Fruit Fly Trap – VIDEO QUICK TIP!

  1. This sounds great. We have plenty fruit (and other) flies here in S.A !! Soon as the summer comes, along with all the pests,this will be my first mission!!

  2. I have been using apple cider vinegar and dish soap for a few years before I even knew that kombucha existed.
    That works great and you don’t waste the precious kombuchia.
    But thanks for the tip.
    It is to bad that I could not hear your voice though. The intro music was fine but no sound with the voice.
    Thanks keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thanks Lindy! I use KT that has seen better days for my fruit fly traps – that or KT from some random flavor experiments that may not have turned out as I would have hoped. KT almost never gets wasted here 😉 Brew long & prosper!

  3. I found a few gnats (I think they’re gnats or fruitflies most probably because they’re so small in my kombucha on the scoby. What now? Do I not have the towel on tight enough or can it be because I let this batch brew longer and it’s stronger?

    • Sometimes the lil buggers get in when you remove the cloth cover. Try to keep your KT covered at all times especially this time of year when they get pervasive. If you have a SCOBY Hotel, I’d compost the one with flies and start fresh.

    • The SCOBYs can remain in the hotel indefinitely. Keep the hotel on the counter to prevent the cultures from going dormant. You will need to feed the hotel nutrient solution (sweet tea) from time to time to keep it healthy.

  4. What is the recommended amount of kombucha that one can drink in a day? Can you drink to much? Just getting started on making it and we are getting a good amount ready at one time.
    thanks

    • It is recommended to start with small amount at first (4-8oz) up to 3 times a day. Then, Trust YOUR gut! Drinking “too much” will increase your need to eliminate and if you are new to detoxification, you may experience a Herxheimer reaction. Increasing the amount of water your drink will help to flush the toxins released.

  5. Hannah,
    You are the greatest. In my house, KT never gets old enough to see better days. Usually I am fighting my kids over it. Thank you for all your videos. I love my kombucha.

    • I also never have enough KT, I always run out before my next batch is ready. I will have to SACRIFICE some for the advantage of keeping the fruit flies at bay. I have also used apple cider vinegar in the past, but now I don’t have to buy some when I run out. KT to the rescue! 🙂

  6. I have always placed a head of garlic at the bottom of my fruit bowl, and no matter how ripe the bananas get, the fruit flies stay away. Now that I am brewing, I place a couple of heads on my pantry shelf where I keep my brews, and viola! No fruit flies.

  7. HELLO,

    IVE MADE KT IN THE PAST THOUGHT I’D TRY AGAIN. ON MY SECOND BATCH, THE FIRST ONE WOULD NEVER TURN TO THE MILD SOUR SWEET. IT WAS TO SWEET. AND NOW MAKING ANOTHER, IT SMELLS GREAT I HAVE A HEATING PAD ON LOW TO KEEP IT ABOUT 86-89. ITS UNDER THE BOTTOM OF GALLON GLASS JAR. TODAY IS THE 7TH DAY, ITS STILL TO SWEET. JUST WONDERING WHY ITS NOT WORKING. THANKS LESLIE

    • If you are heating from the bottom, you could be over activating the yeast which can lead to imbalance and slower fermentation. What is the pH of your brew? What recipe are you following? Hard to troubleshoot without details.

  8. My KT is very dark. I used 8 tea bags to a gallon of water and 1 cup sugar. I am thinking my tea just may be too strong and perhaps I should cut down to 6. Will this hurt the brewing process? (Tomorrow is day #17 and time to bottle this batch) Thanks for all your help! This is fun.

    • We recommend 3-6 bags of tea per gallon. If you like the flavor, that is most important but you can probably cut back on the amount of tea and still make a delicious KT and save some money in the process.

    • We do vermicomposting in a homemade bin. We converted an old garbage can by inserting mesh on the bottom and cutting a hole to capture the worm tea. Then we fill it with spent tea leaves, kitchen scraps and SCOBYs. The worms love it and they are continuing to thrive 4 years in!

    • The hole in the bottom of the bin collects the worm “sludge” and then it drips into a plastic container at the end of the hose. We throw food scraps on top and then once a year, we turn out the stuff on top, spread the stuff on the bottom of the bin about the garden and then put the “top layer” back into the worm bin. Makes lovely compost!

  9. I just finished drinking my 1st batch of booch in about 5 years. I have learned a few flavoring tips which I did not know a few years back when I brewed. I have crushed a blackberry, and taken a thin slice of ginger root and put in each of my bottles. I then left them on the counter 3 days…and wow it tasted great! Before when I brewed I cleaned everything with apple cider vinegar instead of hot water, and my brew tasted vinegary. It is so much better now.
    Thanks for your many tips!
    Terrie from Iowa

  10. When I make medb I save some of the mud for bug traps with a drop of soap.. Works the same way..

    I’m brewing my second batch of KT.. The first surprised me it was so fizzy.. Good stuff.. I’d been hearing about it for years but never met anybody who was familiar lt.. Always thought I should try some.. I’ve got a few pounds to lose and saw mention KT helps to lose weight so I finally ordered some from EBay.. Then I found you.. Your recipe is very different from the one that came with my ‘mother’.. Your recipe and helps are great..

    …. Thank you

  11. I am a fairly new brewer, and sure enough, fruit flies are attracted to my brewer. I am using a technique that I have been using with great success for years. I simply vacuum the fruit flies up! I do a sweep with the hose without the attachment at night, and if there are any more in the morning, I do it again. It is most satisfying to see the little buggers “leap” into the vacuum! And much preferable in my opinion to actually attracting them with booch. My kitchen is fruit fly free if I spend a few minutes vacuuming them every few days.

  12. I also vacuum up the fruit flies 🙂 i find that after a couple days of continuous trapping the resistant ones reproduce and then it stops working. So, I’ll vaccuum flr a day or two then put a new trap out !

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