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How to Make a Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

By Edited May 28, 2016 1 1

Learn to make a natural fruit fly trap made from stuff already in your kitchen right now

Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit flies are super annoying and suprising difficult to kill by hand. Have you ever wondered, “How to I get rid of fruit flies?” The answer is simple. Make yourself a homemade fruit fly trap, it takes less than 2 minutes to set up, and is made from stuff you probably already have in your kitchen right now.

Materials You Will Need

Here is the short list of stuff you will need (and probably already have in your house) to make your trap.

  • A drinking glass, jar, cup, or container of some kind. I use a clear glass or jar because I like to see how many flies I can catch.

  • A roll of tape. I used blue painters tape but any type of tape will do.

  • A funnel. Any size funnel will work as long as the top is wider than the top of the cup (so it doesnt fall in!) and the bottom does not submerge under the liquid bait.

  • Some vinegar, red wine, or some other kind of sweet liquid that attracts the pesky flies.

  • Some patience! I know you want them gone right now but it will take some time for your trap to work it's magic. Plan on leaving it overnight or longer if you have lots of the annoying buggers buzzing around.

 Quick Assembly Instructions (under 2 minutes!)

  1. Fill the glass with a half an inch (or so) of the bait (I used red wine but vinegar works well too).

  2. Place the funnel in the glass. Be sure that the end does not submerge in the liquid bait. If it does, remove some of the liquid. 

  3. Tape the lip of the glass to the funnel so that the flies can’t escape.

  4. Leave your awesome trap on the kitchen counter overnight and wait for the little buggers to find it. TIP: Place the trap near the source of your problem: rotting fruit? trash can? ANOTHER TIP: Be sure to remove the source of the problem. Toss out rotting fruit and take the trash out. Maybe even clean or disinfect the trash can.

  5. The next morning, check your homemade trap and celebrate. You should see a handful of flies floating on the surface of your liquid bait. For maximum effect, plan on leaving the trap on the counter for a couple days to give the flies a chance to find it.

How and Why This Simple Trap Works
Trapped Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are attracted to the liquid bait and fly down into the funnel to get it. Once inside the glass they can’t find their way back out through the small end of the funnel and end up drowning in the liquid bait. I used red wine as the bait in my trap so at least the fruit flies died happy. :)

Please let me know in the comments below how this works for you and if you find a different liquid bait that works better than red wine. Good luck and happy traping!

Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit flies are super annoying. Ever wondered, “How to I get rid of fruit flies?” The answer is to make a simple homemade fruit fly trap. My natural fruit fly trap recipe works well, takes less than 2 minutes to set up, and is made from stuff you already have in your kitchen right now.



Oct 14, 2013 7:04am
Wonderful, hope I don't have to try it. I've always used a folded magazine - most satisfying, but you never get them all.
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