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I used to make the inverted cone type traps but one day I didn't have any tape so I tried this. Much to my surprise it worked just as well, but was way easier to make.

Fruit flies can be a pain in the kitchen, but with a good trap it's surprising how quickly you can get rid of them.

The steps are:
1. Put bait in the bottom of the container
2. Cover top with plastic wrap
3. Secure with rubber band
4. Poke holes so flies can get in

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

1. A container
2. Plastic wrap
3. Rubber band
4. Bait

1. Something pointy

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Doing the same thing with just apple cider vinegar and a drop of dish soap makes them drown and you don't have to freeze the little buggers. Just rinse and repeat.

Yes! We use the vinegar/soap trick at home with decent success.

I have no idea what this "trap" is supposed to do except feed them.

SueE3 EsaE26 days ago

Well, as long as you put it in the freezer overnight, you're going to kill whatever bugs are in the trap.

oululife26 days ago

Can I be the first?.....
"Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana"....
OK, OK, I'll get my coat.

neopolitan27 days ago
omg I find them cute... ever see them under a microscope?

This came in so handy as I arrived home the other day with a nice variety of fruit and about 10 million fruit fly babies hidden amongst the edibles. I really dislike these little beasts so I took a preventative action by soaking the fruit in water for about 5 minutes. Drowning baby insects: I felt so good about doing this. The next day I noticed a fruit fly. That lasted for a few hours and soon I had too many to count.

So I made your trap. Totally worked!

A BIG Thank you, and I shall keep this mind for the inevitability next time.

dewnorth28 days ago

I've used wine vineger and a bit of dawn dish soap in an open glass with no cover. That works too.

tmv221 year ago

i dont understand. if the flies can get in a hole. why cant they get out the same hole?

ArtS1 tmv2210 months ago

To get out, they would have to fly out through the hole, which they can't do even if they could see the hole.. They don't have sticky feet that would let them walk upside down on the inside of the plastic wrap.

I physically watched them escape from the same holes. Get your facts straight...

I physically watched them escape, what hell does that mean?

Moscuba MonkeyB29 days ago

He tossed a floating fastball and you hit it out of the park!

Phones ringing, I need to orally speak to someone on the phone.

MelissaC8 ArtS13 months ago
Oh yes they CAN get out of the hole, it's very unlikely but I've watched them do it afew times. The fewer holes the better the chances they won't get out.
dgateley tmv221 month ago

The scent draws them to the holes to get in but from inside nothing about the hole attracts them. A few will exit via one by accident and escape but statistically they'll end up in the trap.

FredE1 tmv221 year ago

They smell their way in but have no smell to guide them out......

I've had faster results with the container with water and a few drops of liquid dish soap added. I don't put a cover on. The soap lets them break the surface of the water when they visit the local swimming pool and they drown a slow death. I tried the covered method with apple vinegar and that didn't work nearly as well as water + soap.

Plus when they're all gone, you're left with a tasty drink that's full of protein.

Protein at no charge! But what will the soap do to your innards? Whoops! Gotta go!!!

Protein and a laxative. All in one amazing drink!!! While I can't officially say it also cures cancer, I've yet to see a study that proves it can't.

VickiGene431 month ago

I have apple cider vinegar and a drop of liquid soap in an open wine glass sitting near the compost container in my kitchen. The fruit flies FLOCK to the glass, lining up on the rim like birds, waiting to go for a swim. The apple cider vinegar stays pungent for a few weeks as it evaporates. Two weeks ago I disposed of about a half teaspoon of fruit flies. Considering how small they are, that was a large amount. Previously, I tried the plastic wrap over the container and caught too few to feel success. Possibly the fruit flies in Georgia are getting smarter or maybe they are too stupid to locate the holes.

grogers81 month ago
I have always found a little brandy or tequila work the best for a bate. About once a week I add just a small amount more and all the fruit flies die and disintegrate into the liquid. I've tryed everything previously mentioned over the years in many traps at the same time but these two always catch far more flies than any other baits.
HazelL21 month ago

Got two in the place. One in the kitchen close by the fruit bowls and one beside my parrot's cage ... they don't work. Be lucky if one fly ventures in. Vacuum works better.

PJSolarz1 month ago

The cover is not needed. Just add a dot of dish detergent and a teaspoon of water to 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar in a small jar, glass or cut-off plastic bottle. The flies go down to the surface to lay eggs. The detergent breaks the surface tension and they fall in and drowned. Change the cider mixture once a week.

For really bad infestations, I use a vacuum as well as a trap. Suck up the little suckers. I sneak up on my compost and as soon as I disturb it, they fly up and I get them. I leave my vacuum sitting there for the day and do it frequently. Then at the end of the day I have a manageable amount of flies to contend with and finish them off with a trap. Great for when you have an indoor worm composter. None of the methods (like a thick layer of shredded newspaper) suggested by the composter instructions worked. My walls and windows were black with flies. Vacuum worked best.

Cymru1 month ago

If you make the trap with apple cider vinegar, the flies die and distnegrate.

SimplyJenn made it!3 months ago
Thanks. I made it and it took care of the problem quick. I didn't have a rubber band nearby. 5 twist ties worked fine. ?
MweniE5 months ago

Stupid little things... They have been giving me a headache. Followed the steps above and worked as expected. Thanks for sharing. My racket insect zapper is going on a vacation and so am I.

greyjoys7 months ago

I've found that taking out the trash and then spraying the trashcan (with or without the bag) with Windex or similar clearning sprays - it makes the flies more less attracted to what could be there. Just a thought :)

richarpo5 years ago
You could take the cling film off, and put it outside to let them escape.
What would the benefit be of letting them escape outside?
DaveJ2 crickle32111 months ago

I like to let them go so that they can make their way back inside and I get to go through the process again. It's really the thrill of the hunt for me.

To provide food for other insects/birds etc. that eat bugs... yum!
acicigoi111 months ago

What do you do with them once you catch them?

account3r23 years ago
Speaking of vinegar... Has anyone tried this with honey and caught more than with vinegar? :D

Vinegar works better. Grandma's sayings are lies! (watched pot eventually boils, red at night is not necessarily a shepherds delight, a penny saved has already been earned, and is thus not earned again, liquor/beer drinking order does not effect sickness.)

smf2573 years ago
Used lemon-lime gatorade and some banana

25 minutes in and still no flys in the trap!

HELP! our office is infested!
pompeii smf2571 year ago

burn some incense or light a candle, keep the area ventilated. that should keep employees away

NoFiller (author)  smf2573 years ago
This is one of those 'watched pot never boils' situations. Leave the trap out for at least 24 hours. If it still isn't working here are some suggestions:

1. Use a more natural bait. For maximum attraction you actually want the bait to start going bad. That's why wine and vinegar work so well, because they are already fermented. Banana always works really well, but I might worry about the gatorade scaring them off. I have had this problem with some dish detergents.

2. Make sure that the flies don't have anywhere else to go. Even the best trap will have a hard time competing against a garbage can full of half eaten lunches.
For those who prefer glass or don't want to use throw away plastic bottles, simply put the fruit fly filled glass in the freezer for a couple of hours, clean out, and reuse if needed.
vteeuwen2 years ago
Was sceptic, but after squashing the grapes in the cups it actually worked very effective. Natural alcohol speeds it up ;)
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