Get Rid Of Fruit Flies: Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit Fly Trap

Mandi from shows you how to make your very own fly trap. We always get lots of fruit flies in the summer, so this is perfect for us. We would usually just put out a bowl of honey and vinegar and that worked, but not very well. I’m definetely going to give Mandi’s idea a try!

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  1. Jenny G says:

    This is exactly what I do every summer. It works!

  2. Penny says:

    I use ginger ale dash of vingear and dish liquid in a glass works just as easy!

  3. Sue says:

    Another variation of this is to put a piece of saran wrap instead of paper cone over the class and poke holes with a needle…they go in and cant get out. Balsamic veinegar works too if you dont have apple cider

  4. Bowerz says:

    Another idea that works for me….I take a slice of Banana and place it on a baking sheet in my oven. I leave the door slightly open (about 1 inch). Leave it like that for several hours of even overnight. The fruitflies go to the banana and then all you have to do is shut the door and turn on the oven. I usually set the oven on ‘clean’ at that time to cover 2 chores at one.

  5. Leanne says:

    We had them terrible last year and I tried every idea presented on the internet. This one included and nothing worked. The odd few would die but what really worked for us was simply a bowl of cider vinegar with a few drops of dish soap mixed in. No cone or trap needed. The trouble with the cider vinegar is that they are attracted to it but can sit on top of it and fly away. By adding the soap, it made the surface slippery and as soon as they landed they fell in and drown. Hundreds of flies dead within 24 hours. It worked perfectly!!

  6. teachermum says:

    Ugh, I hate fruit flies! I just made a trap last night…tall glass, nectarine pit with the rotten part I cut off of one, covered with saran and holes poked. It does work. Take it outside and release them and start again.

    When they are really bad, I find the best way to maintain sanity is to get out the vacuum. Leave fruit out on the counter but have the vacuum plugged in and next to it. Turn it on and suck up those babies! With just the metal hose (no end) you can get quite a number of them. One day of doing this every hour or two and you would be surprised.

    Love the oven idea! I have also used some yeast, bit of sugar and warm water-after a few days it gets nice and foamy-I guess they like that. Cut the top off a water bottle at the first ridge, poke a hole in the lid and flip it over, inserting the top down, then tape the edges. Pretty much like the cone in the glass.

  7. Carrie says:

    Why can’t there be something like that for mosquitoes

  8. Mrs January says:

    Lots of great ideas here, everyone. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Ann says:

    Great idea… Another simple one is just put some apple juice or wine in a small glass or jar, cover with Saran wrap punch a few holes in the wrap with a pencil. Then watch them get trapped.

  10. joanne says:

    The easiest fruitfly trap I have ever found is some cider or wine in a cup and add a drop of two of dish soap. It breaks the surface tention which they need to land on and feed so they fall in and drown.

  11. erino says:

    Cherry pits: the little monsters we sometimes get here go for cherries faster than ANYTHING else I’ve tried. Use a tall glass or jar covered with saran wrap pierced with a few access holes as others have suggested, and bait it with cherry pits (I will not share perfectly yummy cherries with them!)My different tactic is that when I go out in the morning I quickly pop the glass into the freezer. 12 hours later I wash out the flysicles and dispose of the cherry pits.

  12. Mrs January says:

    Thanks for sharing 3 more great tips for getting rid of fruit flies! 🙂

  13. JavRoy says:

    Keep in mind that fruit flies can lay eggs in your drain and they’ll survive dish water going down. If you’re having a problem, flush your drains with vinegar and baking soda, then pour boiling water down afterwards. Gets rid of the nests!!

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