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Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

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Here’s a really useful eco-friendly trick to get of fruit flies. I hate fruit flies. Actually, I hate any bug that comes into my home, but fruit flies are the worst. Obviously, the first step to getting rid of them is to find the rotting fruit or vegetable and dispose of it, but sometimes those fruit flies just keep sticking around (and they multiply!). So when they wouldn't go away, I used apple cider vinegar and dish soap. I also used this great trick to get rid of the fruit flies from my veggie patch, so this trap works outdoors too.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Time: 1 Minutes Cost: $1 Difficulty: Easy
All you need is dish soap, apple cider vinegar, and a cup. Step 2: Add Vinegar
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Pour apple cider vinegar into your cup. This attracts the flies away from whatever they are eating/laying eggs in. (I shuddered as I wrote that.) Step 3: Add Soap
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All you need is a few drops of soap (I used more because it looked pretty in the video). This breaks the surface tension of the vinegar. That’s what allows the flies to walk on liquids.
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Step 4: Let it Sit It works pretty quickly, but if you need it for a long term problem you can just keep refilling the soap and vinegar every week or so. Eventually, the flies will get trapped under the soap.
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Shoo fly, don’t bother me!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Cup
  • Norlou

    We live in a fruit growing area and believe me, we get fruit flies ... esp. when canning or preparing fruit. I use vinegar, just plain white, or the dregs from our wine glasses (thrifty!!) in a small glass; cover with saran, prick 2 or 3 times with

  • Gunter
    Gunter Youngstown, OH

    Tried and true method....it worked for me!

  • Carey
    Carey Washtucna, WA

    That is the key, fixing it so that they can get in but can't get back out!

  • Deb
    Deb De Soto, MO

    This really works!!

  • Jane Smith

    I have used this method and it works! I don't get these pests from fruit though and this is soooooo disturbing and disgusting. They come up my sink drain 😝

    • Janice Dehne Krycka
      Janice Dehne Krycka Three Oaks, MI

      You have drain flies then. Flush with some bleach water, scrub with a brush as far as you can reach.

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