Get Rid of Fruit Flies {DIY Fruit Fly Trap}

We have had a fruit fly outbreak, so instead of using the sticky fly traps that we've used in the past, I gave this fruit fly trap method a try. It worked perfectly!

All you need is a jar, a piece of paper, apple cider vinegar and liquid dish detergent!

Time: 2 Minutes Difficulty: Easy

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  • User
    User Butler, PA
    It works! You just have to use something "deeper". The next time you go somewhere and get a drink with a lid... use that! Put apple cider vinegar in the empty cup... put the lid back on. If there's a straw in it, take the straw out and that should do it!
  • Candy J
    Candy J Erwin, TN
    Try the wine vinegar with dawn - that works even better.
    • Gale
      Gale Hancock, ME
      Candy J red wine.......white wine .or rice wine vinegar..................which one?
  • Barbara P
    Barbara P Marquette, MI
    I just use plain cider vinegar, put plastic wrap over the container then seal with an elastic, poke little holes in the wap and set aside
  • Patricia
    Patricia Suttons Bay, MI
    I tried it just the way it was first posted. I left it out in the afternoon, and in the morning, the vinegar was black !! There wasn't a single fly in my kitchen !! Thank you so much !!
  • Nan Lambert
    Nan Lambert Louisville, KY
    this worked will for me, i didn't use the paper but i couldn't believe how many i trapped
  • Jennifer Kanzigg
    I used sweet tea and dish soap. It did not matter which soap I put in the cup. Set them around my house and in two days they were gone and have not come back.
  • Lila Mae Dease
    Lila Mae Dease Kernersville, NC
    I used cider vinegar, a little water and dawn dish detergent just a few drops. I used juice glasses and set several around the kitchen. Worked great. Have also heard using shallow dish with wine. Seems the little buggers have a taste for the grape.
  • CanmoreMom
    CanmoreMom Canada
    I dropped a piece of fruit in with the cider vinegar and couldn't believe the flies we found inside by the end of the afternoon. My only question is, once you have them trapped...then what? How do you finish the job?
    • Donna W
      CanmoreMom Take the container outside and wash it in case eggs were deposited in the container. I've read that they can adhere inside the drain pipe, hatch and return to haunt you. They can even survive and hatch after a bleach rinse.
  • Irene
    Irene Montclair, CA
    Are you talking about gnats? During the summer we have gnats like crazy. They love the fruit that falls on the ground. I wonder if the vinegar and soap would attract the gnats.
  • Sharon
    Sharon Oakland, ME
    I'm going to give this a try, no fruit in the house but have fruit flies; they seem to find their way into my glass of wine in the evening but don't like it in a dish on the counter, going to try the vinegar.
  • Val Roche
    Val Roche Australia
    I think you will find that a lot of these are ferment flies . There is a difference
  • Odessa Harris
    Odessa Harris Raleigh, NC
    anybody got a solution for ants, I can't seem to get rid of them
    • Sharon
      Sharon Oakland, ME
      Odessa Harris there are quite a few remedies on hometalk, if you do a search, it ranges from sprays to cinnamon and even sugar & borax mixture, hope it helps
  • Odessa Harris
    Odessa Harris Raleigh, NC
    Thanks Sharon, I will do my research
  • Clay
    Clay Notus, ID
    Thanks, I have so many fruit flies and coddling moths, so I will try this.
  • Barbara Rockwell
    Barbara Rockwell Marlette, MI
    What does the white paper do?
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