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5 Best DIY Fruit Fly Traps

5 Best DIY Fruit Fly Traps

You know the scenario: You picked up some fresh fruit and made a nice display on the kitchen counter, but in no time at all, a cloud of pesky fruit flies is hovering over it before you even get a chance to enjoy the fruit.

What Are Fruit Flies?

Fruit flies are a nuisance in every household, any time of year. The common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has a short lifespan, reproduce quickly, and matures from egg to adulthood in 8-10 days. They thrive in moist, damp places, such as compost/garbage bowls, kitchen waste cans, disposals and drains, and are mainly attracted to fruits, especially those that are fermenting or rotting.  Send them packing with any one of these 5 homemade, natural fruit fly traps that work!

5 Best DIY Fruit Fly Traps

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar Bottle Trap
    Remove cap from a bottle of apple cider vinegar and cover the opening with plastic wrap. Secure with a rubber band. Poke a hole in the plastic wrap with a small nail. Fruit flies will fly in but won’t be able to get out.
  2. Beer Trap
    Pour about a half-cup of beer (old or fresh) in a mason jar with a lid. Hammer a couple of holes in the metal lid and secure. Fruit flies enjoy the beer then drown.
  3. Wine Bottle Trap
    Leave a little wine in the bottom of a bottle and place on the counter. Fruit flies will fly in but the bottleneck prevents them from finding their way out.
  4. Fresh Basil
    Fruit flies don’t like fresh basil so keep a potted herb on the counter to deter them. Or pluck a few of the leaves and place in the bottom of the fruit bowl.
  5. Apple Cider Vinegar and Dish Soap Trap
    Fill a small bowl with apple cider vinegar and 2 drops liquid dish soap. Mix well and leave on the counter (away from pets). Fruit flies will be drawn to the bowl and meet their demise.

Share with us your best fruit fly traps!

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  • Laura J. says:

    Lemon grass is also good to keep mosquitoes away.Just plant them in a small container and shit it on you front porch or anywhere they are mosquitoes around.

  • Ronee says:

    What about tiny tiny ants? I’ve tried just about everything, and they think ant traps are a joke.

  • Beverly says:

    This article did not address gnats. Here in Alabama gnats are horrible. Especially around our fountain. Any suggestions to get rid of them. Or how to survive outside without being eaten allowed

  • Kathy allen says:

    Excellent ideas to get rid of those pesky fruit flies. Like them and sure to try them .

  • donna says:

    mice don’t like peppermint, so put that plant around where they have been seen. not all ants hate cucumber skin, i have some here that were eating it. i have had ants that aren’t interested in sugar, they are into grease or greasy foods. the apple cider vinegar trap for the fruit flies works, so do sticky sheets meant for regular flies. they have the same mentality i think, hey my friends are over there so i’m going too, they get stuck
    just like their friends.

  • Laura says:

    Why do you want to trap them? They are part of the what makes this world go around and it makes for great conversation at supper table or when all of a sudden someone in an reclined position or sitting reading a book all of sudden leaps into the air and claps randomly #*@(!? and everyone around wonders why?

  • Marie Cavins says:

    Mice are used in experiments to see if things are fit for humans and this should prove that drink is not fit for humans

  • CoonMommie says:

    For taking care of pesky mice problems leave a small, low sided dish of MONSTER Energy Drink in a place not accessable to pets. Mice LOVE this stuff, guzzling it down & die within minutes. Works almost instantly, is less expensive than DeCon. Tried & true by my son sharing his MONSTER Energy Drink with a mouse at our very old farmhouse. Within minutes it was dead. No more having to search for smelly, dead mice. (He was only trying to share his drink, was not expecting the mouse to expire in front of him.)

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