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Fruit flies and produce go together like peanut butter and jelly, except I LIKE peanut butter and jelly and I HATE fruit flies. It’s not a problem, though, because when I start to notice them hanging around my fruit or in my pantry, I know how to get rid of them easily, quickly, and with stuff I keep around the house.
***This post was originally written July 25, 2012, but I’ve updated with new pictures and content. If you got here via Pinterest from an outdated picture that is no longer in the post (that had terrible spelling), you are in the right place and this is the info you want!***
Materials You Need
- Canning Jar with Ring Lid
- *Apple Cider Vinegar -or- Ripe Fruit -or- Both
- Plastic Wrap
- Dish Soap
- Toothpick or something sharp to poke small holes
*I’ve done these traps with fruit or vinegar, but I think the quickest way to get the fruit flies in the jar is to do both. Of course, the easiest thing is usually just the vinegar though the flies come in more slowly, especially if there is fruit around they are more interested in. I’ll list these steps for both things to go in, but just know that you can totally play with what you put in the jar. As long as it attracts fruit flies, it’s all good!
How To Create a DIY Fruit Fly Trap
Step 1 –
Add ripe fruit to your jar. Pictured is part of a banana.
Step 2 –
Add some Apple Cider Vinegar to the bottom of the jar.
You don’t need a ton, just enough for the flies to drown in. You don’t want to cover the fruit.
Step 3 –
Add a few squirts of Dish Soap to insure that the Apple Cider Vinegar kills the fruit flies.
This helps make sure that they aren’t annoyingly flying around your jar trying to figure out how to get out. They can’t get out, but I worry it alerts other fruit flies. I am probably paranoid here, but let’s play it safe.
Step 4 –
Wrap the top of the jar in plastic wrap – any kind will do.
Step 5 –
Put the ring lid on the jar and cut off the excess plastic wrap.
Step 6 –
Poke holes with a toothpick (or something sharp) into the plastic.
Don’t make the holes too big or the fruit flies will easily come back out. For some reason if you make them small, they will squeeze themselves in, but never figure out how to get out.
That’s it – you’ve made a DIY Fruit Fly Trap!
The banana I used as an example was so effective that it cleared the air of fruit flies within an hour!!
Recently we went on vacation for a week. Before we left I noticed some fruit flies in my pantry (maybe the raisins??). I stuck a jar of just vinegar and dish soap in there before we left and this is what I came back to. All of the fruit flies were in the jar.
I dispose of the fruit flies by pouring the mixture down the kitchen sink, rinsing out the jar, and starting again. The longest I’ll keep one going is almost a week. It gets pretty disgusting, so usually I’ll change it out every few days during the summer when there are a lot of fruit flies.
There you go –
Now you know one of the best ways to get rid of fruit flies and you don’t need to spend $5 at a time per store bought fruit fly trap!!!
My kids still love catching fruit flies, though my girls also think it is a little bit gross! (My boy does NOT find it gross) They all can’t help their curiosity, though. They feel like it is a science experiment and go count them up or shake the jar a little. I’m just glad they’re not flying around, landing on my food and clean counters.
Go on, rid your house of fruit flies forever!