Pretty Vase as a Fruit Fly Trap

I choose a pretty small vase that I can leave on the counter. Place a piece of banana or apple inside the vase, and wrap the top with plastic wrap. Poke a couple of small holes in the top, and leave beside the fruit basket. The flies will be drawn to the fruit in the vase - they'll walk right in through the holes, but they won't walk out.


After you have caught numerous flies, you can hold the container under the tap, and put water through the holes. Turn the vase upside down and the flies will drown. You can then take off the plastic, clean, and redo. Good Luck.

By Sutle from North Vancouver, British Columbia

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September 22, 20133 found this helpful

Be careful when using fruit. When the fruit rots, the flies will lay eggs and maggots will begin to appear, beginning another cycle of life. DO NOT combine bleach with the rotten fruit (especially banana). A chemical reaction takes place causing foam to appear and heat to generate. The fumes are horrible.

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July 14, 20180 found this helpful

I am trying this now ..have tried bleach,and apple cider vinegar mixed with dishsoap..both of the two previous have gotten rid of white a few

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November 2, 20190 found this helpful

I had this problem during the Summer, boy were they annoying. I used a mason jar and a little bit of water with dish soap. And a fresh cut lemon. Covered the mason jar with aluminum foil because I did not have plastic to cover it. Poked some holes waited a couple of days and little by little I had a small collection of fruit flies.


I had also bought those things that you hang and it has like a thick strap of glue. It suppose to catch flies, but the fruit flies are too small that some were able to get away. But I still left it hanging and I was able to catch a lot more than the mason jar. BUT it took a while for them to fly into it.

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