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How to Trap Fruit Flies DIY!

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Trap Fruit Flies the Easy Way-

I hate flies! I feel like the have invaded my house and they are not welcomed. It seems like they might feel like they are welcomed since they get inside so easily, but I can assure you they are not!

I also like to keep fresh fruit at hand, but I hate that fruit flies like my fruit. So I’ve been looking for ways to capture and kill fruit flies…because stopping and swatting them with a fly swatter just doesn’t work when you’re trying to relax, cook dinner, or just tidy up the house!

Trap Fruit Flies Ingredients

Finding a way to prevent flies in the spring and summer always becomes important quickly- they seem to arrive all of the sudden, as soon as the days warm up. The good thing is that with a few household ingredients you can create a trap that will have them all in one place (at least)!!

This DIY just takes a Mason Jar, Saran Wrap, and some regular household Apple Cider Vinegar!

Here’s what I tested and I’m happy to say it works!

What You Need-

Start with a regular pint Mason Jar. You can pick these up in packs of 12 at Walmart or on Amazon, or even garage sales if you don’t have any extras around. 

Although we do some canning and have a lot of jars for that reason, I try to keep a handful of both sizes empty for various uses around the house- like this.

Then, just grab a measuring cup and measure out your tap water and vinegar. Nothing special here- just use regular water out of the sink.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Basically, I put a 50/50 mixture of water and apple cider vinegar in a jar. Then I covered in with plastic wrap and poked small holes in it ( I used a tooth pick).

It’s important to use Apple Cider Vinegar, since the flies are attracted to the sweet smell. Regular vinegar won’t attract them as easily.

Trap Fruit Flies

Give it a little stir to dissolve the vinegar in water.

Cover to Make Your Fruit Fly Trap

Fun kitchen tip- if you haven’t bought a large Saran Wrap box with the plastic cutter, you are missing out! The regular package is pictured above but I typically will take a new roll out of its box and stick it right inside my box with the plastic cutter. It’s fabulous! Never fight plastic wrap again! LOL! But I digress. You can find a box with the plastic cutter here to see what I am referring to.

The fruit flies are attracted to the vinegar and once they get in, they can’t get out!  (Insert menacing laugh here!) It’s that easy.

I did this Fruit Fly Catcher in the morning and by the afternoon I already had a dozen of those pesky flies floating in the vinegar mixture!

Trap Fruit Flies

Don’t forget to Pin this easy hack on Pinterest and save yourself a LOT of swatting around the house when the fruit flies arrive for the summer.

Trap Fruit Flies

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5 Comments

  1. I use straight apple cider vinegar with a few drops of liquid dish soap. The liquid dish soap stops the pests from taking off again after they land on the apple cider vinegar. We are plagued every year by fruit flies because of the grocery stores here. This also works for larger house flies which we get more than our share of due to cows being in close proximity. You do not need any plastic wrap. I use this all the time. It works! Works really well! For extra bad years I also hang fly strips over or very close to the apple cider vinegar.

  2. my fix was to add really ripe bananas apple cider vinegar and dish liquid wrap with plastic wrap and poke holes

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