Fruit Fly Trap

This will rid your house of them for good. I use it constantly.

  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of apple juice
  • 3 drops of clear dishwashing soap

They flies will be attracted to the 'ripening apple scent' dive in and the soap washes the wax coating off their bodies and they drown. A favorite thing for my kids to do is to count how many we catch EVERY DAY. This is a fail safe natural and VERY simple method to rid your house of them. Good luck!


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October 5, 20060 found this helpful

Put it in a wine bottle. (You could use any bottle with a long neck.). The fruit flies get in but they can't get out!

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October 7, 20060 found this helpful

Wow, folks, I do hope this really WORKS! It sounds so wonderful to get rid of them cheaply! I am so disappointed that some variety of mosquito has now developed a resistance to my wild field of Society Garlic, but is repelled when I use old original Listerine on my skin prior to going out to harvest the garlic. For years, we had NO pests/flies, etc., but now they seem to be back!

Thanks for the good advice/formula. I'll likely try it.
God bless you. ":)

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October 7, 20060 found this helpful

I do the same but use apple cider vinegar and it saves a step :0) ... Also... I put in small cup with plastic wrap... Keeps the little buggers in there

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October 9, 20060 found this helpful

I'm a little confused. I can understand the concept but why do the fruit flies keep coming in your house.


Could it be that the formula is attracting them? Just curious.

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By moogie (Guest Post)
October 13, 20060 found this helpful

its the fruit on the kitchen table! :-) and its not all the time, just in the season that they're most annoying. The colder weather tends to keep them away more. It does work great though. I use it when I see them, not all the time. :-)

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By inodak (Guest Post)
July 22, 20070 found this helpful

I have tried the apple cider vinegar and soap. It works GREAT!!! I love to have fruit around, but hate to put it in the fridge all the time. This has cured the situation.

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By stainless (Guest Post)
July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Fantastic: Tried it and got rid of them all. Now I don't have to worry about buying extra fruit and eat it all as it ripens.


Thanks a million, they were driving us crazy but did not want to give up the fruit.

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By Beatrice (Guest Post)
October 8, 20070 found this helpful

I am trying the apple cider vinegar and hope it works. I don't usually have a problem because I always wash all my fruit as soon as I get home from the grocery store. Unfortunately, I had 2 mangos in a basket on the counter to ripen and didn't realize the bottoms were rotting. I kept seeing all the flies and was wondering where they were coming from until I looked at the fruit. YIKES!!

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By cyndy (Guest Post)
October 1, 20080 found this helpful

I heard that either basil leaves or bay leaves left in a bowl or glass on your counter will keep the fruit flies away can someone tell me if this is true?

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August 10, 20090 found this helpful

Does the apple juice make the surface sticky? Does it draw ants?

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October 24, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you so much! The tiny flies are not that tiny anymore, they bite me non stop, is that normal? I am very old and truly they are pests.


I always have fruits getting ripe and I do not like them as cold as the fridge, so the fruit flies multiply. Can they make me sick, they bite hard.

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