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Plastic Bottle Fruit Fly Trap

We have tried many things to get rid of fruit flies in our home, and this is hands down the easiest, cheapest, and most effective way. One of the most important things in order to catch them is the bait you put out. Fruit flies can be more attracted to some things more than others, whether it's vinegar, bread, actual fruit, and so on. After lots of testing here, we've found ours love a concoction of rice wine vinegar and juice from an overripe lemon. To make the trap, you just need to invert the top of a plastic bottle into its bottom. Easy enough!
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Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 trap

Supplies:

Steps:

  1. Puncture the top of the water bottle where it curves.
  2. Cut the top off evenly. You won't need the cap.
  3. You can cut the bottom of the bottle shorter. It's better shortened so it does not knock over when in use.
  4. Fill the bottom portion with your vinegar and juice mixture.
  5. Place the top portion upside-down into the base and watch the flies jump into their trap.
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January 8, 20190 found this helpful

jam and water works for wasps also

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January 9, 20190 found this helpful

awesome!

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January 8, 20190 found this helpful

I find that apple cider vinegar with a couple of drops of dish washing detergent to be the most effective.

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January 9, 20190 found this helpful

I tried that one and had less luck.. maybe different strokes for different flies? Or I did it wrong :)

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January 16, 20190 found this helpful

I like that idea but I thought since the bottle is real light weight it might tip over easily but after seeing Sandi's idea, posted in today's Thrifty tips, you can use a can to stabilize the bottle. I'll be trying this when the weather gets warm and the gnats come back. Thanks Attosa.

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January 21, 20190 found this helpful

Sometimes we use a thick jar bottom if it's going to be around the edges of a counter or table (a problem area). Good idea with the can :)

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