Fruit flies themselves won't harm you, but they do threaten the hygiene of your kitchen and the food in it. Create fruit fly traps with simple materials you probably already have around the house.

By Jenny Krane
October 05, 2018

You've seen the small, gnat-like insects that hover above and around the browning bananas in your fruit bowl. Even after you've thrown away the rotting fruit, the flies still linger. Fruit flies are a common household nuisance that can appear in any season but are more prominent in the spring and summer. Luckily, you can get rid of these small pests without the help of an exterminator. These three DIY fruit fly traps are cheap and easy solutions.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Fly Trap

Apple cider vinegar is the fruit fly trap hack you hear about most often—because it works. For this DIY trap, begin by adding 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to a glass jar. Add 2-3 drops of dish soap to the apple cider vinegar in the jar. Cover the mouth of the jar with plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. Use a pencil to poke a hole in the plastic wrap. The hole releases the odor of the mixture and gives the fruit flies a opening to fly into the jar. Place the trap near your fruit bowl or trash can to trap pesky fruit flies in the kitchen.

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Fruit Fly Spray

A simple spray bottle and a few easy ingredients are all that's needed for this fruit fly project. To start, add 2 ounces of hot water to an empty 80-milliliter spray bottle. While the water is still hot, add 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil to the spray bottle. Rather than leaving the spray bottle out, keep it tucked away in a kitchen cupboard so it is easy to access. Spray this water and lemongrass oil mixture on fruit flies as you see them on windowsills, in doorways, or on kitchen counters. Do not spray this mixture directly onto fruit or other food—the essential oil may not be safe for consumption.

Red Wine Fruit Fly Trap

Have a bottle of red wine in the kitchen that has been open too long? Instead of putting it down the drain, use it to get rid of fruit flies. For this project, you will need a shallow bowl. Add 1 cup of red wine to the bowl. Place plastic wrap over the opening of the bowl and secure with a rubber band. Use a pencil to poke a small hole in the plastic wrap. Place the trap near the problem area to attract and trap fruit flies.

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