Easy DIY Fruit Fly Traps using Apple Cider Vinegar

By Rachel Tiemeyer
August 28, 2021

Battling a swarm of fruit flies in your kitchen or bathroom? I am too!

Here’s the good news – you can get control of fruit flies more easily than you think. In just minutes you can quickly rid your home of fruit flies by making this simple, homemade trap from ingredients you already have in your cupboard.

ways to make a fruit fly trap

My kitchen is overrun with fruit flies this time of year. They buzz around our bananas, land in my wine, and I even got one stuck down in my ear one time! They drive me nuts!

Here are two, DIY methods that I’ve found effective in getting rid of those nasties.

1) Use Apple Cider Vinegar and Dish Soap

Mix a splash of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap in bowl. Stir it up, sit it out (I put multiple bowls around my kitchen), and watch those suckas be drawn like a moth to a flame. They love that apple cider vinegar and the dish soap makes it so that they can’t sit on top of the water and drink it.

Within an hour or two, there were no more fruit flies buzzing around and several in each dish!

Easy DIY Fruitfly Trap

2): Plastic bag and Apple Cider Vinegar/Fruit

Simply cut the corner off of a plastic bag. Secure it over a jar of apple cider vinegar & some scraps of fruit to lure them in. Make sure the cut corner is pointing down towards the vinegar. Fruit flies will find their way into the jar but not their way out…muahahahaha.

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6 replies
    • K Ann Guinn says:

      Oh, and I usually keep a bottle of “the cheap stuff” around just for this purpose. No sense wasting my natural, more expensive (raw) apple cider vinegar on the little critters.

  1. Juliette Cagnolatti says:

    This comes at a perfect time, this little bugas have been driving me crazy trying to Getty into my sourdough starter, Kombucha, and ginger beer. Thank you! I am so doing this NOW! Lol, ;0)

  2. Eva Scott says:

    I SO needed this tip a few weeks ago. We couldn’t get rid of the fruit flies for days!! They drive you crazy, don’t they? Thanks for the tip!