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Making a Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit flies can be really annoying. Making a homemade trap can help you get rid of these pests. This is a guide about making a fruit fly trap.


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May 1, 2013 Flag

I absolutely hate fruit flies! This trap is very easy to make and works really well. I always have this trap set up on the counter, so an infestation never has a chance to take hold. :)

Total Time: 5 minutes



  • red wine vinegar
  • Dawn dish soap
  • plastic wrap
  • rubber band
  • toothpick
  • clear jar


  1. Put 3-4 drops of Dawn soap into the bottom of the jar.
  2. Pour 6 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar into the jar (or enough to fill it about 1/4 in.).
  3. Gently swirl the jar around to combine the ingredients.
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  5. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the jar and pull it tight across the top. Secure it with a rubber band. Trim off any excess plastic.
  6. Using a toothpick, poke holes into the plastic so the flies can get in.
  7. Place your trap near any fruit you have out on the counter. Goodbye fruit flies!

    NOTE: I change out my mixture about every 2 weeks, more often if I am catching a lot of fruit flies.
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May 14, 20130 found this helpful

You can use apple cider vinegar as well!

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July 1, 2015 Flag

To catch fruit flies in the house, I keep apple cider vinegar in a couple of 6 ounce jelly jars placed around the house and accessible all the time. I like the jar idea because the plastic is held in place with a jar band. The container is small and can easily be placed in any area of the house.

To make this trap, fill about 1/3 or the jar with apple cider vinegar. Cover it with plastic wrap and screw the jar band on. Punch a small hole in the middle of the plastic on top. Trim off the excess plastic wrap on outside of jar. The fruit fly goes in and can't get out.

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July 9, 20150 found this helpful

I never use plastic wrap, with the lid...The fruit flies, drown in the vinegar, when they take a drink...Try works without the plastic wrap!

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October 31, 2011

This may be an off-the-wall idea, but it has worked for me. All summer, we did not have any fruit fly problems. About ten days ago, there was an explosion of fruit flies in our kitchen. It was the worst fruit fly problem we have ever had.

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October 26, 2009

Getting rid of fruit flies. First get a plastic grocery bag. Put the rotting fruit in the bottom of the bag. Set it on the counter fully open at the top with the sides pulled up. This is so the flies will go down to the bottom of the bag.

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August 9, 20071 found this helpful

Fruit flies were taking over the kitchen because of my wife and I love fruit. She hates them so I used a trick I learned in science class. Put a piece of fruit in the bottom of a glass. Then make a funnel with a piece of paper and put on top.

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May 7, 2013 Flag

I absolutely hate fruit flies! This trap is very easy to make and works really well. I always have this trap set up on the counter, so an infestation never has a chance to take hold. View the full project here: Fruit Fly Trap

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December 12, 2011 Flag

Does putting a cup of vinegar on the counter catch and kill fruit flies?

By Deb

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December 13, 20110 found this helpful
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Yes, but you have to put a few drops of dishwashing liquid in to break the waters/vinegars surface adhesion. That way, the gnats or flies drown. Other wise, they will just land, drink and fly off. It works great.

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December 16, 20110 found this helpful

I personally have never had any luck with any of these `remedies`. I tried red wine, red wine vinegar, etc. With and without soap. All I got was a few drunk fruit flies. Fruit flies have a very short lifespan. If you can get rid of the source of their breeding, in a couple of days, they will all die off.

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