With fresh fruit sitting out on the counter, fruit flies can be a real menace in the spring and summer. If you’re suffering from an unending invasion of these pests, try our best all-natural DIY fruit fly trap.
Fruit flies are attracted to sweet fruit smells. Attract them to a liquid that smells like fruit–apple cider vinegar–and they’ll drown in it. Try this apple cider vinegar fruit fly trap. We’ve tested this ourselves and had great results. Don’t have apple cider vinegar? You can also try wine vinegars or red wine if you’re in a pinch.
Apple Cider Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap
Makes 1 trap
1 container (a canning jar, a small glass or any small open container will work)
apple cider vinegar
2 drops dish soap
Pour enough vinegar in the container for about 1/2-3/4 of an inch in the bottom. Add dish soap to break the surface tension of the liquid. Place the trap wherever your fruit flies are at their worst and wait. Within hours the fruit flies will be attracted to the vinegar, fly into it and be trapped in the liquid.
Within about 24 hours your fruit fly infestation should be gone.
Once your home is fruit fly free, keep it that way for good by following our simple tips to avoiding fruit flies.
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