Tips to Trap Fruit Flies

Tips to Trap Fruit Flies

Fruit flies in the summer can be annoying, really annoying, and are difficult to get rid of at peak times, so try these methods to trap fruit flies this summer..

Fruit flies only have a short life span, going from egg to adulthood in 8-10 days, and this means that they can reproduce at a ridiculously fast rate.

The flies thrive in moist, damp places, such as sink or garbage disposal drains, and are attracted to fruits and other foods – particularly ones that are fermenting or rotting. To get rid of the nasty little fellows, try these 3 homemade fruit fly traps this summer.

Merry Fly Trap

This is the easiest method to trap fruit flies – a drunk fly is a strange thought, but they can get intoxicated just as we can. They are very drawn to red wine and will congregate to it if any is left out. They will either drown, or you can use the freezer or soapy water technique to finish the deed.

For this you need:

A little bit of that leftover wine from last night, still in the bottle (you can use red wine vinegar or balsamic in a pinch). Leave the little bit of red wine at the bottom of the bottle and let it sit out.

The flies will flock to it, and die a very merry death. You can also put it in a separate container with plastic wrap and holes poked in the top if you wish.

Cider Vinegar Trap

Another easy way to deal with your fruit-fly invasion, using a simple trap and some apple cider vinegar. Fruit flies can’t resist the smell of fermenting, and since apple cider vinegar is from fermented apples, it’s an enticing aroma to them.

Heat the vinegar beforehand to release more of its irresistible fragrance.

You will need…A large jam  jar or something similar


  1. A funnel (you can make this yourself)
  2. Apple cider vinegar, about ½ cup
  3. A drop of dish soap
  4. A piece of ripe or overripe fruit (optional)

Heat up the apple cider vinegar a little and pour it into your jar – it just needs to be deep enough for the flies to drown. Add a drop or two of dish soap – this will break the surface tension of the liquid, so the flies can’t just sit on top and fly away when they’re done.

Roll up a piece of paper or cardboard and insert it into the mouth of the jar to form a makeshift funnel and tape it in place. The flies will go into the jar to get at the vinegar but won’t be able to figure out how to get out, and will drown.

If you find you need a little extra temptation, drop in a ripe piece of fruit and let it breakdown. If they don’t drown, place the whole thing in the freezer for 20 minutes. There is no need to remove the old contents if you want to reuse this trap-although I do, because I find the sight terribly unappealing.

Jar Trap with Fading Fruit

Fruit flies like fruit of course, so what better to lure them into a trap than…fruit?

You will need…

  1. A glass jar
  2. Plastic wrap
  3. A toothpick
  4. Some very ripe or over-ripe produce
  5. Soapy water

Place several pieces of very ripe or almost rotting fruit in the bottom of a glass jar, and cover with plastic wrap (using a rubber band works to secure it well.) Poke holes in the wrap with a toothpick, and set these jars strategically throughout your house where you notice fruit flies seem to come from or congregate. Also set one outside the doorway on a warm sunny say.

The flies will be drawn into the trap but won’t know how to get out. At least they can enjoy a nice little feast until you decide the jar is full enough. At that point, submerge the jar in a bucket of warm soapy water and let it be for about 10 minutes to ensure the flies won’t be coming back. Rinse out, refill, and repeat! This is a great way to get rid of produce that you accidentally let sit too long.

So don’t despair, trap fruit flies this year.


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