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Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me! How To Make A Fruit Fly Trap

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in For Your Home | 0 comments

If you’ve ever had a fruit fly problem you know how pesky and persistent the flies can be. Luckily, there’s an easy, green fruit fly trap you can make.

All you need is:

  • a jar (a half pint or larger mason jar will do)
  • a piece of paper
  • a piece of tape
  • apple cider vinegar, red wine or another liquid that smells like rotting fruit
  • dish liquid

How To Make A Fruit Fly Trap

  1. fruit fly trapPour apple cider vinegar into the jar, until there is 1/8 inch of vinegar covering the bottom of the jar.
  2. Squirt a few drops of dish liquid in the jar and stir. This will break the surface tension of vinegar so the flies will sink and drown when they land on it.
  3. Make a paper cone, tape the paper to help it keep it’s shape.
  4. Rest the cone in the opening of the jar, pointy end down. This will make escaping the trap difficult for flies who don’t drown immediately.
  5. Put the bowl on a counter and wait!

More Ways To Combat A Fruit Fly Problem

The fruit fly trap will be most effective if you’ve removed other temptations from your kitchen.

  1. Check your counters, cabinets and refrigerator for rotting produce and compost it.
  2. Take out the trash, compost and recycling and wash down the bins.
  3. Wipe down your counter tops and sink.
  4. Clean the inside and the seals of your dishwasher and refrigerator.
  5. Clean the sink drains.
  6. Keep a lid on all juices or other sweet drinks.
  7. Properly package produce. For example, put that half an apple in a sealed container, don’t just leave it on the counter for later.

Prevent A Future Fruit Fly Invasion

Fruit flies usually arrive on produce brought home from the grocery store or a plant brought inside for the winter.

If you think the fruit flies are hitchhiking home from the grocery store on your produce, wash the produce immediately at home. It’s best if you have an outdoor sink or bring a big bowl of water outside to wash everything before you bring it into the house. When that’s not an option, the kitchen sink is fine.

It’s also a good idea to add a Bluapple Ethylene Absorber┬áto your produce drawer to prolong the life of your fruits and vegetables, so hopefully you will have time to eat them before they go bad.

If the flies are coming in with your plants, it’s usually because they are in the soil. Repot the plant using a new bag of potting soil, which is sterile. When you store the leftover potting soil, close and seal the bag well so you can use it next time you need to bring a plant inside. Once the plant is repotted check the leaves to ensure any of the fruit flies that were disturbed aren’t hiding out on the plant. If they are, flick them away or squish them.

Making your own fruit fly traps is easy, so try it and let us know how it works out for you. And if you stay diligent, hopefully this fruit fly invasion will be your last.

Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

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