How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Home





Introduction: How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Home

In this tutorial, I will show u how to get rid of those annoying fruit flies from your home


  • Apple Cider
  • Empty jar or bottle
  • 8 x 10' paper
  • Scissor
  • Scott tape

Step 1: Pour Apple Cider Into Empty Jar

If you don't have Apple Cider, can add a slice of ripe banana

Step 2: To Make a Cone

Draw circle around the jar

Draw triangle shape as show

Step 3: Cut Out Circle

Also cut out triangle shape. It should look like this.

Tape cone

Step 4: Cut Bottom Hole

This let the fruit flies go in but they can't get out

Step 5: Place Cone on Top of Jar

Place jar in kitchen or area that have fruit flies

I hope this tutorial be helpful to you. :)

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Will apple juice work in place of apple cider?


2 years ago

I live in South Texas where you'll see drosophila appear out of nowhere if you let a banana get even a day beyond ripe :-) But they disappear as soon as the fruit is disposed of. If you have a chronic problem, it's unlikely to be fruit flies so an alcohol/sugar trap is unlikely to work. I have however found that small ants are very attracted to saucers of sugar and they are easy to eliminate with a spray of windex or similar once the saucer is full. Two or three days of this can get rid of an incursion quite effectively.

What have you got in your hat about what I am told are "Drain Flies". They are small and look like "Fruit Flies".


My mother always started her baby plants in sterilized garden soil. Spread it out in a large baking pan, put it in the oven, bake it. You can do that to the store stuff, but why bother? Just bring the outside in, heat, and plant

Blah, blah, blah. It does NOT "rid" the house of fruit flies. I am tired of this. Good bye.

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Reply 2 years ago

If the flies are coming up out of the sink, they're already there. The trap isn't bringing them into the house, it's attracting the flies *already* in your drain and trapping them.

They're called "drain flies" and you need to clean your drains to get rid of them. All the traps in the world won't help you as long as they're living comfortably in the gunk in your drains, eating and breeding. Same with Raid. It won't do any better than the traps in ridding yourself of them because most of the flies are probably in the drain trap.

This trap works fine. The problem is you misdiagnosed your problem.

I too grew up with potted plants. Never had any flies coming from them. This is a recent problem with the largest producer of potting least on the eastern seaboard....and they ADMIT this issue. They have given me the impression that they have no plans to rectify the issue except to tell those with the problem to top their pots with sand. I first noticed this problem almost 3 yrs ago with a purchase of soil at that time. I went disposed of that bad and tried again a year later. Same problem.

If you have potted plants in your them with regular sand. This stopped the flies. I know they aren't fruit flies but they are similar enough that this is what I thought they were. Scott's says the same thing but said the real name of them.....I don't remember what they called them. Wish I still had the email they sent me so I could give it to you. Please consider this possibility and think about any houseplants you have. I only want to help you. I was extremely lost when it started here in my apartment. I love my Amaryllis and Christmas Cacti and have no plans to get rid of them. Sand is such a small cost.

If this does prove to be your problem then you have two choices. You can keep your soil covered with about 1/2 inch of sand or you can bake all of your soil before using it.....but that is a smelly process.

Good luck.

They love banana!


...if your using a plastic bottle, instead of making the paper "funnel", just cut the top off the plastic bottle at it widest section. Turn the top you just cut off upside down and insert it back into the remaining bottom half of the plastic bottle. Then staple, glue and/or tape the two half with the reversed top back together. This is also useful in scooping up StinkBugs!

Thanks for this idea. We'll have winter here, so fruit flies are gone for some time, but in the summer this little project will definitely come handy!

I am definitely going to try this! I am constantly putting bleach in my drains can get costly after awhile. Thanks for sharing

I followed your instructable and tried it. I used apple cider vinegar and a lump of banana because I had both. I also taped around the top edge of the cup to seal the gap there.

Result....amazing in just a few hours there are probably 20 little suckers trapped in there. I used a clear plastic cup so I could just chuck it when its time.

Thanks for posting this.

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2 years ago

The easy way to get rid of fruit flies is to put 1/2 cup of ordinary cheap bleach in each of your drain traps where they lay their eggs. This includes sink, shower, and tub drains. After using then put more bleach in them. We had a terrible infestation of fruit flies.

We actually just did something similar in our house. We used apple cider vinegar in a mason jar with Saran Wrap with a few small holes over the top. It worked really well.

Any fruit will fit. I even tried with melon peels !

how can the flies get in don't you need a small hole in the base of the cone?