April 2

Homemade Traps to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

How To


Fruit flies are a nuisance in our homes.

They have a very short lifespan, going from egg to adulthood in 8-10 days, which means they reproduce at a ridiculously fast rate.

They survive in moist, damp places, such as sink/garbage disposal drains, and are attracted to fruits and other foods-particularly ones that are fermenting or rotting.

To fend off this nasty little buggers, try these homemade fruit fly traps and methods to clear out your home.

Apple Cider Vinegar Trap

Fruit flies can’t resist the odor of fermentation, and since apple cider vinegar is from fermented apples, it’s a dream drink to them.

Heat the vinegar beforehand to release more of its appealing fragrance.


You will need:

  • Amason jar or something similar,
  • A funnel (or you can make one yourself),
  • a half cup of Apple cider vinegar(or more than depending on the quantity),
  • A drop of dish soap and
  • A piece of ripe or overripe fruit (optional)


Heat up a half cup or so of apple cider vinegar and pour it into your jar and (Make its deep enough for the flies to drown) add a drop or two of dish soap.

The dish soap will disrupt the surface tension of the liquid so the flies can’t just sit on top and fly away when they’re done.

Reel up a piece of paper and put it into the mouth of the jar to form a makeshift funnel and tape it in place.

The Fruit flies will fly into the jar to get at the vinegar but won’t be able to figure out how to get out, and will drown.

If you find you need a little extra lure, drop in a ripe piece of fruit and allow it break down. If they don’t drown, put it in the freezer for 20 minutes.

Jar Fruit Trap

Fruit flies like fruit, so what better to bait them into a trap than the fruit itself?


You will need:

  • a glass jar,
  • Plastic wrap,
  • a toothpick,
  • some very ripe or overripe produce and
  • Soapy water


Place some pieces of very ripe or almost rotting fruit in the bottom of a glass jar, and cover with plastic wrap (using a rubber band works to tighten it well).

Make some holes in the wrap with a toothpick, and set these jars strategically throughout your house where you notice fruit flies seem to come from or gather.

Also, put one outside the doorway on a warm sunny day. The flies will be drawn into the trap but won’t know how to get out.

At least they can enjoy a nice little meal until you decide the jar is full enough.

At that point, immerse the jar in a bucket of warm soapy water and allow it be for about 10 minutes to ensure the flies won’t be coming back. Wash out, refill, and repeat. This is a great way to get rid of produce that you accidentally let sit too long in your kitchen or fridge.

Merry Fly Trap

Flies can get intoxicated just as we can. They are usually drawn to red wine and will congregate to it if any is left out.

They will either drown, or you can use the freezer or soapy water technique to finish the conquest.


You will need:

  • Just a little bit of red wine left in the bottle (you can use red wine vinegar or balsamic in a pinch)


Leave a little bit of red wine at the bottom of a bottle and let it sit out. The flies will congregate in it, and die a very merry death. You can also put it in a different container with plastic wrap and holes poked in the top if you wish.

Tried and True Trap

This method comes from the Old Farmer’s Almanac and has been handed down and used since 1850 in New England to fend off fruit flies. Hard to say how someone thought it up, but it’s a good thing they did


You will need:

  • 1 pint of milk,
  • 1/4 pound of raw sugar and
  • 2 ounces of ground pepper


Blend all of the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the blend into shallow dishes and place these dishes around the house.

For some strange reason, fruit flies are drawn to the mixture and will quickly suffocate/drown in it. You can try adding 1 drop or 2 of dish soap if they seem to be flying away.

Lemongrass Spray

Lemongrass essential oil won’t kill Fruitflies, but it can keep them at bay (along with a number of other pests.)


You will need:

  • 10 drops of Lemongrass essential oil,
  • a clean spray bottle and
  • 2 ounces of hot water


In a spray bottle add 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil, 2 ounces of hot water and shake well.

Spray along windowsills and doorways or directly on flies when you see them (anywhere else you see fit). It leaves a nice refreshing fragrance as well.

Getting rid of these little pests doesn’t have to be such an overwhelming task.

It’s easy to make your own fruit fly traps at home, and while some of them may be gross to clean out, they sure beat using awful chemical sprays to kill the flies.

Fruit Fly Tips

Fruit flies breed in drains. Pour a blend of half white vinegar half boiling water down the drain daily to stop them at the source.

Keep the area around the drain clean and dry.

Remember to keep all fruit stored away and don’t leave any food of any kind sitting out. Always keep the garbage covered.


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