If you’re looking for a way to get rid of those pesky fruit flies, look no further! This DIY Fruit Fly Trap literally takes 2 minutes to put together and works AWESOME!
Homemade Fruit Fly Trap
I hate fruit flies. They have to be one of the most annoying insects out there because they multiply like no other and can be hard to get rid of if you don’t know how.
Last week, we had left some ketchup out on the kitchen counter and by morning there were tons of Fruit Flies (I swear I don’t know how they just POP up!) With this bout of pesky bugs I immediately made a Fruit Fly Trap, and within a few hours they were all gone.
I then realized that I had never shared how I make my little DIY Fruit Fly Trap and figured I would share how I do it in case you are looking for a quick and easy way to get rid of these nasty things. 😉 I know that fruit flies come around more when fruit is left out and since there are tons of seasonal fruits you may be seeing these little guys more often. The process of getting rid of them is SUPER simple.
YUP!! That’s about a good 50 of them dead at the bottom of the jar!!
How the DIY Fruit Fly Trap Works
The jar contains a mixture of apple cider vinegar and dish soap. The apple cider vinegar attracts all of the fruit flies towards the scent, and the dish soap’s purpose is actually to break the surface tension of the vinegar so the flies can’t just sit on top of the liquid (science-y stuff…).
The inverted cone made out of paper is what really traps them, though. A wide top and small bottom makes it easy for the flies to enter the jar, and harder for them to get back out once they’re in! Since they can’t get out, and they can’t sit on the surface of the liquid, it’s only a matter of time before they meet their end. (Unfortunate for them, but a victory for us and our fruit!)
How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap:
It seriously takes just about 2 minutes to do. Talk about a quick fix! Here is what you’ll need to make your DIY Fruit Fly Trap…
- Quart Jar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Dish Soap
- 8.5 x 11 piece of paper
- Begin by creating a cone with your piece of paper, making it smaller at the base and wider up top. You want to make sure it’s wide enough that the paper sits about half way in the jar. Tape the paper so it stays in a cone shape.
- Remove the cone from the jar and add about ½ – 1 cup apple cider vinegar to the jar. Squeeze a little bit of dish soap into the jar and stir to mix it a bit. Microwave the jar for about 20-30 seconds. This will make the smell of the mixture more potent, which draws the flies in quicker.
- Add your cone and place in a spot where the fruit flies have been.
And that’s it! It takes a little bit at first for the fruit flies to move from where they currently are but before you know it you’ll see them all over the outside of your jar and then in your jar trying to get out.
This homemade fruit fly trap seriously works like a charm and I do it every time we run into the Fruit Flies in our home. 😉 Do you have another method for getting rid of fruit flies? If so, I’d love to know!
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