How to Make Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit flies try to take over my house every year. They start their invasion in late spring, and then kick things up in notch just in time for the fall. To make matters worse, certain trees in our yard seem to attract the flies, calling them from hundreds of miles away to our yard.

I wish it were possible for me and the fruit flies to co-exist, but when they start landing on my food and my toothbrush, I have a problem.

Fortunately, every problem has a solution (and the solution isn’t to cut the trees in my yard down, in case you were wondering). There are several fruit fly trap options that you can buy online, but if you have a few household ingredients and ten minutes to spare, you can actually develop your own fruit fly bait trap.

So here are the ingredients you’ll need for fruit fly bait:

  • Cider¬†vinegar

And here’s what you’ll need to make your own fruit fly trap:

  • A small plastic container (like a ricotta cheese or sour cream tub) or a plastic party cup
  • Plastic wrap (like Saran wrap)
  • A rubber band

Once you have your materials lined up, its time to make your own fruit fly trap. As you could imagine, this is a fairly simple process. My advice is to:

  1. Fill your plastic container halfway full with the cider vinegar.
  2. Stretch the plastic wrap across the top of the container.
  3. Use the rubber band along the edge of the container to keep the plastic wrap securely in place.
  4. Poke small holes in the plastic wrap so the fruit flies can enter the trap (make sure the holes aren’t too big or small)
  5. Place the trap somewhere why you commonly see fruit flies. Try to put the trap in a place where it doesn’t need to be moved often.

If you follow those steps for making your own fruit fly trap, you’ll take care of your fruit fly problem for less than $10.


1 Comment
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    Susan Parker July 16, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Cut the tip off a baby bottle nipple. Invert it in the bottle. Screw lid on.

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