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Kitchen Kapers: DIY Fruit Fly Trap

How to make a Fruit Fly Trap with just 2 ingredients!  Kills fruit flies quickly!

It can’t just be my kitchen that has been invaded by fruit flies?!  Please tell me it’s not… We eat a lot of fruit, so I guess that means a lot of flies?  TMI? All I know is that I have HAD it with them. Time for battle….muwahhahahaha! 

I’m here to tell you that apple cider vinegar works to kill them.  It does my friends, it really does! In 15 minutes I had 3 flies in the mixture. A couple of hours later, more, then none.  Gone. Poof.  Good-bye little bugs, I won’t miss you.

How to make a Fruit Fly Trap:

  • In a glass add apple cider vinegar:  I used about 1/2 cup.
  • Add a couple of drops of dish soap (I read that this helps the flies fall in.)
  • Set the cup in the area where they seem to be – for me that was by the fruit bowl.
  • Wait.

You might also be interested in my other Kitchen Kaper: DIY Veggie Wash

Easy peasy.


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    Barefoot Pregnant and In The Kitchen
    August 23, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    uuuhhhgg I hate those little things. I go to the farmers market every week bearing beautiful fruits and veggies… fill up our big baskets and fruit bowls on the counters. With in one night… fruit flies. I often do this vinegar trick it’s the best way to rid of them!

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    August 23, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Apple cider vinegar is amazing!! I am SO trying ths! Yes we have those annoying little flies too

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    August 23, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Perfect timing! I had to fit a swarm of them off my fruit bowl this morning! I will definetly be trying this. Probably put one under the sink beside the compost bin too!

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    August 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    So funny!

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    Marie C.
    August 23, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    You, my dear, are a lifesaver! Just yesterday I was thinking “Do I need to actually *spend* *money* on a fruit fly trap?!?” I had seen one for sale in a gardener’s catalog and was getting desperate. Every year as we start to harvest the garden and I process the food, our house is invaded! I am trying this method ASAP. Thank you!!

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    August 23, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    THANK YOU! 🙂 Awesome tip. Gonna pin this.

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    Tonia @
    August 23, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Wow…that is too easy! I am going to remember this!!

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    Katie @ This Chick Cooks
    August 23, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Vinegar is like a miracle solution. It is awesome for so many things.

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    August 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    This is a great tip. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Barefeet In The Kitchen
    August 23, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Sweet! I love tips like this. I’ll remember it next time they invade. Thanks!

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    August 23, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Love apple cider vinegar!! Such a handy recipe!

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    Some Things Taste Better Burnt
    August 24, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    I was just about to google a solution to my pesky problem! Thank you!

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    Kim Franklin
    August 24, 2011 at 5:52 AM

    Awesome, I can’t wait to try it we have fruit flies taking over the kitchen, it seems every time we go buy fruit we bring ten new flies home.

    – Much love, Kim

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    August 24, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    I periodically have trouble with these too. I will have to try this method. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Lois H.
    August 25, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Another method is to take a small cup of juice (Orange is what I usually use) drop a few drops of dish detergent in there, and leave on the counter by your fruit. The flies are attracted to the juice, stop in for a drink and then die from the soap. Usually I put this in the middle of my fruit basket and change it every day or two (you only need a couple TBS of juice) works like a charm.

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    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny
    August 26, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    This looks absolutely delicious and I LOVE your blog! Great recipe for SRC! xoxo

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    Jessica K. Barrett
    August 30, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    Yes! This works well. I never used the dish soap, but I poked holes in plastic wrap with a toothpick and put it on the top. They could never get out!

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    August 31, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    I need to get me some apple cider vinegar then cause they are driving me crazy and nothing works. I made an apple juice trap and got rid of like 30 of them in a few days but they keep multiplying no matter how clean we keep the place.

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    my spare time design
    August 31, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    wow perfect timing! We have had a horrible problem for a week….we always have tons of fruit in the house and it does get eaten, but two banana purchases ago we started seeing these little beggars and last purchase I ended up throwing out next day as they were covered…very gross…i had heard that anything sweet worked and actually used a piece of banana but it looks gross and smells quickly. It did work though and fingers crossed I think we licked the problem….and are going to be buying our bananas elsewhere for a while…as well as apple cider vinegar!!!

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    September 2, 2011 at 2:47 AM

    You have no idea how much this post excited my husband. 🙂 We have no idea where they’re coming from — they’re nowhere near the fruit! LOL They love the sink area where the ants come in…near the snapdragon plant? Of course WE have the weirdo fruit flies…

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    October 3, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Thank you so much for this DIY post. Those pesky little flies are outta here now! 🙂

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    November 18, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    I love love your site. all the pretty things. I want to try to develop some of this talent – piece by piece perhaps but I am going to try. Now for the fruit fly solution. Oh my, I thought I would be tormented by these for life. Did not even think there was a solution as I tried many with no success. THANKS!

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    Susan (5 Minutes For Mom)
    January 14, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    So brilliant.

    (btw, i got here thru pinterest.)

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    March 18, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    I like your fantastic web site, I was searching for this all over.
    best regards,

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    Kate P
    September 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Tried this with regular vinegar & dish soap last weekend and it worked!!!

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