Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

homemade fruit fly trap with fresh fruit all around it

Say goodbye to fruit flies forever with this three-ingredient home remedy. It’s easy to make, and you could turn it into craft time with the kids! This homemade fruit fly trap effectively gets rid of the flies around your fresh fruit. Read on to learn how to make a fruit fly trap and the best place to keep it.

ingredients for how to make a fruit fly trap

What is a Fruit Fly Trap?

Have you ever noticed the teeny tiny bugs that seem to gather every time you have fresh produce in your home for more than a day or two? They seem to come out even faster in the summer months. These are fruit flies. They are so small and so annoying!

I learned how to easily get rid of them with a homemade fruit fly trap. And now I’m going to teach you how to make one too! Restore sanity and cleanliness to your home with this easy trick.

3 side by side photos showing how to mix up a fruit fly trap

How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap

This homemade trap uses some craft skills, yet it is fairly easy to do!

First, decide what kind of container you want to use (pick one with lids you are okay poking with holes). Using a hammer and small nail, poke a few holes through the lid so that the flies can get into your jar.

Second, place the honey, apple cider vinegar and dish soap (portions in the recipe below) in the container and mix together until the honey is completely dissolved.

Finally, secure the lid and place the trap near your fresh fruit. The flies are attracted to the sweet scent and get stuck in the mixture.

You don’t need to replace the mixture often, but if you have a lot of flies then making a new batch helps to continue to trap more flies. If you keep a lot of fresh fruit around or have a lot of flies then make a few traps and place them around the kitchen. I usually make two and put them on opposite sides of the kitchen (we get a lot of flies in Florida!).

Storage Options

To store this simple recipe you need a container with a tight-fitting lid that you’re okay piercing. The flies need a way to get into the jar but leaving it completely open allows some of them to escape.

I use pint-sized glass mason jars with metal lids for my traps. This lets me put the hole-y lid on any jar I can find when making a new batch. Feel free to use whatever you want to!

easy home remedy to keep flies at bay

Homemade Fruit Fly Trap FAQs

What is the best homemade fruit fly trap?

Hamilton Beach Juicer Machine, Big Mouth Large 3” Feed Chute for Whole Fruits and Vegetables, Easy to Clean, Centrifugal Extractor, BPA Free, 800W Motor, Black
Mueller Juicer Ultra Power, Easy Clean Extractor Press Centrifugal Juicing Machine, Wide 3" Feed Chute for Whole Fruit Vegetable, Anti-drip, High Quality, Large, Silver
Juicer Machines, Juilist 3" Wide Mouth Juicer Extractor, for Whole Vegetable and Fruit with 3-Speed Setting, 400W Motor, Easy to Clean, BPA Free
Juicer, HOUSNAT Juicer Machines Vegetable and Fruit with 3-Speed Setting, Upgraded Version 400W Motor Quick Juicing, Juicing Recipe Included
NutriBullet Juicer Centrifugal Juicer Machine for Fruit, Vegetables, and Food Prep, 27 Ounces/1.5 Liters, 800 Watts, Gray NBJ50100

My trap is only three ingredients: vinegar, dish soap and honey, and it works like a charm! You probably already have these ingredients on hand so grab a jar with a metal lid and get rid of those pesky flies!

What is the fastest way to get rid of fruit flies?

Instead of chasing down every one you see, make this three-ingredient fruit fly trap and never worry about fruit flies again. My trap is easy to make and can be left for weeks to catch flies.

Do you have to use apple cider vinegar in a fruit fly trap?

No! I use that in my recipe, yet you can use any vinegar you have on hand. No need to make this complicated, just three ingredients to start getting rid of fruit flies.

Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

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Say goodbye to unwanted guests with this homemade fruit fly trap. It’s super easy to make with three ingredients you most likely have on hand.

Total Time10 minutes

Yields1 container

Supplies

  • 1 canning jar pint sized, with tight fitting lid
  • 1 metal skewer or small nail
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 3 drops dish soap

Instructions

  • Prepare the jar. Secure the metal lid on the jar. Using a metal skewer (or small nail and hammer), carefully poke holes in the lid. The holes should be large enough for fruit flies to fit through.

  • Place ingredients into the prepared jar and stir until the honey is dissolved. Top with the lid and set on the countertop near fruit. The flies are attracted to the scent of the sweetened vinegar.

  • Change the ingredients in the trap weekly if you have flies, or leave on the counter for several weeks, as needed.

Notes

  • Any vinegar can be swapped for apple cider vinegar.
  • Cane sugar can be used in place of honey.
  • No need to replace the contents of the jar if you aren’t actively getting flies. This can sit out for several weeks before needing to be replaced.

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