DIY – fruit fly trap

Every fall our house seems to fill with fruit flies. They tend to be attracted to over rip fruit and vegetables. A couple weeks ago I brought in all the tomatoes off the garden. The tomatoes are in bowels and baskets ripening up. Since the tomatoes aren’t ready all at once, I freeze them as they ripen. I make salsa and spaghetti sauce in the winter from the frozen tomatoes.

Since I don’t check them every day, some tomatoes have gotten overly ripe to rotten. Of course those pesky fruit flies are attracted to that. Those annoying little flies seem to appear out of nowhere and are hard to kill. They always fly in our faces at the most inconvenient times. Since I don’t want to be spraying a chemical fly killer, I get rid of them naturally.

Making this fruit fly trap takes a few minutes to put together but it’s satisfying to see the flies trapped in a jar.

DIY – fruit fly trap

What you’ll need:

  • any size jar
  • scribbler size piece of paper
  • piece of tape
  • ripe piece of fruit

Roll the piece of paper into a funnel shape. Make the top part is as wide as you can make it. The bottom opening only needs to be open about the size of a quarter.

Tape the paper in place.

Put the piece of ripe fruit in the jar and squish it down so some juice covers the bottom. The more fragrant the better.

The smell of the fruit will draw the fruit flies in.

Don’t fill the jar too full or the flies will crawl back out.

Top the jar with the paper funnel.

Place the jar where the worst fruit fly problem is. The fruit flies go down the funnel to the delicious fruit and can’t figure out how to get back out.

After the jar is filled with fruit flies, carefully take it outside and let the fruit flies out to dispose of them. Hold the funnel in place until you are away from the house and your door is closed. Repeat as many times as you need.

No pesticides, no spraying, just a natural way to remove the fruit flies from your house.

A second option to catch fruit flies is using apple cider vinegar.

What you’ll need:

  • small jar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • plastic wrap to place over jar opening

Fill a small jar with apple cider vinegar. Cover with plastic wrap. Poke a few holes in the plastic wrap.

The apple cider vinegar attracts the fruit flies and they drown.

Hopefully these traps give you relief from those pesky fruit flies.


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