Homemade fruit fly trap

fruit fly trap

If you’re wondering if there is anyone or anything that might love fresh fruit more than you do, I think I have an answer for you.

Fruit flies.

This time of year is great because of all the fresh produce, but along with that comes those annoying gnats that seem to come out of nowhere and invade your kitchen.
As much as I love a good game of Mr. Miyagi-style kill-the-gnat, I figured there had to be a better way to get rid of these guys. A quick search online and I found a perfect solution. It uses ingredients I already had and is non-toxic.
All you need is a container, apple cider vinegar and dish soap.

Fruit fly trap

The flies are attracted to the strong smell of the vinegar and the dish soap breaks the vinegar’s surface tension so when the fly lands on the mixture, it immediately sinks and drowns.

If you don’t like the look of a yogurt container or if you’re using a glass container and you don’t want a display of fly corpses on your counter, you can just cover the container with a pretty paper.

fruit fly trap

Then just pour about a cup of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap into the container and swirl it together.

fruit fly trap

Some yogurt containers come with a nice plastic lid that you can cut a large hole out of with a blade knife. The hole needs to be large enough to encourage the gnats to come in but small enough that your whole kitchen doesn’t smell like vinegar. If your container doesn’t have a lid, just cover with foil or plastic wrap and cut a large hole in it.

fruit fly trap

Then just place it near your fruit bowl or wherever works in your kitchen and let it do all the work.

fruit fly trap

fruit fly trap

Check it often and change the mixture once you have a little cemetery like this going on.

fruit fly trap

This is such an easy, simple solution and it’s exciting to see the proof of how well it works!

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16 thoughts on “Homemade fruit fly trap

  1. I read about this remedy: put a cup of apple cider vinegar and a squirt I’d liquid dishwashing soap in a bowl. Flies will visit the vinegar. The soap somehow keeps them in there, where they drown. Ii’s simple, cheap, and quite effective.

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