Kitchen Kapers: DIY Fruit Fly Trap


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 remember reading somewhere that apple cider vinegar works.  And it does my friends, it does!
In 15 minutes – I had 3 flies!
Couple of hours later, more, then none.  Gone. Poof.  Good-bye little bugs, I won’t miss you.



  • 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.
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Easy peasy.

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


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  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply amy_sue 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!

  • Reply Barb August 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    So funny!

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply Ali August 23, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    THANK YOU! 🙂 Awesome tip. Gonna pin this.

  • Reply Tonia @ August 23, 2011 at 4:25 PM

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

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

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

  • Reply Mary 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

  • Reply 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!

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

    Love apple cider vinegar!! Such a handy recipe!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply btanders August 24, 2011 at 1:18 PM

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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Venassa 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.

  • Reply 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!!!

  • Reply KatrinkaJane 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…

  • Reply D'Arcy October 3, 2011 at 4:24 PM

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

  • Reply SHARON 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!

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

    So brilliant.

    (btw, i got here thru pinterest.)

  • Reply Anonymous March 18, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    I like your fantastic web site, I was searching for this all over.
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  • Reply 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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