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Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

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
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
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.
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.
Shoo fly, don’t bother me!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Cup
  • Patty
    Patty Vancouver, WA
    on Sep 20, 2016

    I love this more than the leftover wine (yes, I have leftover wine!) I've been using.

  • Just_jodyc
    on Sep 24, 2016

    I cover the cup (or jar) with Saran wrap. I keep the Saran wrap in place with a rubberband. Poke a few tiny holes in the top. That way when the fruit fly gets in, and just lands on the side of the cup/jar, there is no escape!

  • Marysam829
    on Sep 24, 2016

    Sweetened tea also attracts them. They drown. Accidents make great inventions.

  • Ruth  Nederlk
    Ruth Nederlk Webster, NY
    on Sep 24, 2016

    Sound like a natural solution with no chemicals I wonder if could be use to get rid of bees going int siding?

    • Melody McSweeney
      Melody McSweeney Towson, MD
      on Sep 24, 2016

      I'd have pest control come have a look - they could be "carpenter bees"Carpenter Bees — Department of Entomology — Penn State University ento.psu.edu › ... › Fact Sheets Pennsylvania State University While the damage to wood from the drilling activities of a single bee is slight, the subsequent year's broods will expand the tunnel through branching activities and may cause considerable structural damage. ... Carpenter bees do not eat wood.

  • Sheryl
    Sheryl Columbus, OH
    on Sep 24, 2016

    I add Apple cider vinegar to an empty plastic bottle. Set this bottle on its side, bugs fly in and can't fly out as they tend to fly up and not out at the angle of the bottle. Works every time!

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