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Vinegar and Dish Soap Fruit Fly Trap

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This is a guide about vinegar and dish soap fruit fly trap. A simple effective fruit fly trap can be made with apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap.
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By 13 found this helpful
May 1, 2013

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

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Supplies:

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

  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.
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  8. 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 7, 20132 found this helpful

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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August 16, 20100 found this helpful

To get rid of fruit flies I pour apple cider vinegar with a couple drops of dish detergent into a small container. Then set it where you see the flies, and they will be gone in no time.

By Susie from Norfolk, VA

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