DIY: Fruit Fly Trap


Even though most of us hate to admit it, at one point or another we’ve had to deal with fruit flies. Those pesky little buggers are annoying and completely ridiculous. Lately, they’ve invaded our kitchen like a plague. We’ve cleaned top to bottom and the best we can figure out is that they’re coming in from somewhere outside. I’m not proud of it but luckily we’ve gotten it under control and I’ve gladly sent some of the fruit fly hoard to their death. DIYflytrap-2

It’s gross… but so satisfying at the exact same time. Treaty violators will be put to death. Muwah ha ha ha ha ha ha! Spiders. Flies. Other misc. bugs. Death will come to them all if they set foot (or feet) in my house.


  • Recycled glass bottle (something that looks pretty, I suggest empty vinegar or oil bottles with sprinkling cap – see picture)

  • 1 ½ cups of apple cider vinegar

  • ½ of an apple (best if it’s at the end of it’s life)

  • 1 teaspoon of dish-washing soap (something fruity smelling)

Total = Less than 5 bucks.



  1. Wash and Dry the bottle of your choice. If your bottle doesn’t come with a plastic cap, you can poke a few small holes in it with a hammer and a screw driver.


  2. Dice up half of your apple. Make the chunks small enough to fit through the opening at the top of the glass. Place your apple bits in the jar.


  3. Pour in your apple cider vinegar. It’s best if you either use a funnel or pour it over the sink.


  4. Add in the dishwashing soap and swirl the liquid around.

  5. Put the plastic cap or lid on.


  6. Place in an area where you have been noticing those pesky fruit flies.



Switch out the contents of your glass every week and a half until your fruit fly invasion has ceased. The best part about this DIY is it’s safe and non-toxic. You probably already have all of the supplies you need for this nifty little fly trap. No need to spend money on those chemical ridden fly papers or glue traps.

If you’d rather, here are a few other methods to get rid of those unwelcome pests:

  • This should be a no-brainer, but make sure you clean up leftovers and make sure that there isn’t any scraps or bits of food lying around so that the flies can feast on.
  • Clean out your sink before you go to bed and then pour a little bit of olive oil in it. Spread it around so that there is a tiny layer of olive oil. Let it sit over night. The next morning, use some soap and hot water and wash the oil out of the sink. If you are concerned about oil building up in the pipes, don’t try this method. 
  • Similar to this little DIY, just pour some apple cider and a little bit of oil in recycled margarine dish. Leave it out on the counter for a few days and watch the flies drown themselves in the vinegar.
  • Gather some rue leaves/cuttings and put them in your kitchen. Rue is a natural fruit fly repellent.

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