Quick Tip: Easy DIY Fruit Fly Trap

DIY fruit fly trap

DIY fruit fly trap

I don’t know about  you, but warm days and lots of fresh fruit and veggies on the counter inevitably lead to an abundance of fruit flies in our home. Since the little buggers multiply at an alarming rate, the situation can quickly get out of control, but I hate the idea of putting all of my produce in the fridge just to keep them away.

Thankfully, this DIY fruit fly trap works perfectly. Use it to catch the flies that are already taking over your kitchen and then keep it out to capture any new ones before they reproduce!

All you need is:

  • a tall glass or jar
  • a piece of paper
  • tape
  • scissors
  • apple cider vinegar
  • fruit juice

Pour 1/2″ of apple cider vinegar into your glass or jar and add a splash of fruit juice.

Next, take your piece of paper and roll it into a cone. It needs to be short and wide so that it fits tightly at the top but doesn’t dip into the mixture at the bottom. Once you get the right shape, tape your cone closed and trim the excess around the top.

Slip your cone into your jar, making sure it creates a loose seal around the top.

Set the jar near your fresh fruit or wherever you  find fruit flies and watch.

If you already have a ton of fruit flies, you will be amazed — and probably a little disgusted — by how many you catch in your jar. Many of them will die in the vinegar, but you can also take it outside and release them if you want.

We change our mixture every 3 or 4 days because it seems to be more effective when it’s fresh.

Do you get lots of fruit flies during the summer months? How do you deal with them?