DIY Fruit Fly Trap

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

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.

DIY Fruit Fly Trap

 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!)

Best Fruit Fly Trap

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
  • Tape


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add your cone and place in a spot where the fruit flies have been.

DIY Fruit Fly Trap

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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Fruit Fly Trap

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  1. This is awesome….thank you so much. We got them pretty bad at the end of the summer this last year (we were keeping more fresh fruit around), and it got me kind of scheeved out. I put little dishes of ACV w/ detergent in several strategic areas, and it worked, but I think it probably took longer than the cone approach you’ve outlined here. They kept lighting on the rim and taking off again, but it sounds like they will get stuck in the jar much easier with the cone.

    I don’t look forward to having to try this out, but I can’t wait to test this method when the time comes. 🙂

    1. I’ll let mine set out for a few days, but that’s always done the trick to get rid of them. If you are still having problems I’d recommend making another fresh batch about 3 days in. 😉

  2. Thank you so much, I had to do one of this traps last summer but it took me 10 days to prepare. Your recipe is much more easier. Blessed be.

      1. We have been having a hard time with fruit flies and we have no idea what they are attracted to in our kitchen. I found your article and it works wonders! As soon as I made it, they were all attracted to the smell! Thank you so much!

  3. I like this one but I have been using another one for years…. Just get a small plastic or foam bowl/cup and pour beer into it! Watch is kill a lot of fruit flies!

  4. Use a lot less: put in one of those tiny/small, otherwise generally worthless/useless Tupperware containers. Use Saran Wrap to cover it; secure the Saran Wrap to the container with a rubber band; poke tiny holes in the Saran Wrap with a pen or one side of some small scissors.

  5. I just put one of these together and have already netted around a dozen flies in under 10 minutes! A shortcut: If you’re ridiculously bad at paper-crafting (like I am – I tried for 10 minutes to make a cone that would fit the jar I was using), use a coffee filter and just snip a small hole in the bottom.

  6. The paper cone worked a little bit. but mostly the little buggers just sat on the outside of the paper cone. I switch the top to plastic and poked holes in with a toothpick and that did the trick …they are all out of my kitchen within an hour.

  7. This worked very well for me. I did exactly as you said and even 24 hours later the fruit flies are still piling up. I think using the paper cone and microwaving for aroma were key, because when I just had ACV/dish soap in bowls it wasn’t nearly as effective. Thank you for the tip!

  8. Omg this worked!!! I’ve tried using other methods but this caught like fifty flies in one day. I didn’t even know I had that many in my home yuck! Instead of apple cider vinegar I used kombucha with dish soap and it worked so well. I’m so impressed, thanks so much for sharing!!!

  9. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this! We had been going crazy with Fruit flies for weeks. I put the jar out yesterday morning and by the evening there were about 50 in there. So gross but so satisfying 🙂 I cleaned it out this morning and replaced the liquid and have caught a few stragglers. Our kitchen feels so much nicer and my husband is amazed at the results. Thank you so much!!!

  10. Thank you!! We usEd to do this at the bar i worked at. I just could rem exactly what we mixed in it. This works like a charm. I know we used wine and i think Dishsoap. But this is per for home!!!! A thousamd thank yous for sharing! ?