Fruit Fly Trap

Well, there’s no doubt about it.  Fruit fly season is upon us.  No open bowl of fruit or glass of red wine is safe from those pesky little critters, who seem to multiply within the hour and can make a real nuisance of themselves.  But this year, I’m armed and ready.  Here’s how I combat the problem, and how you can to!

The short version:  Fill a glass with an inch of apple cider vinegar and a drop of liquid dish soap, and then cover it with a paper funnel, held down on all sides with Glad Press ‘n Seal.  If you’re more of a visual learner, read on.  :)



Start by making a shallow funnel out of paper (that’s what the pencil above is for, in case you’re wondering…I like to actually draw the circle on the paper…yeah, I’m weird like that.)  Set it on top of the glass to check for size.  The paper should overlap the edge of the glass.

Press the edges of the funnel tightly over the edge of the glass.

Next, remove the funnel and pour about 1″ of apple cider vinegar into the glass.  Add a drop of liquid dish soap.  Stir gently to combine, and replace the paper funnel, using a strip of Press ‘n Seal to hold it in place.  I used to use tape, but it’s a little easier to use the funnel again this way.

The apple cider vinegar attracts the fruit flies and when they come closer to investigate, they get trapped inside the glass.  The soap ensures that the fruit flies can’t just hang out on top of the vinegar because it breaks the surface tension, and the fruit flies quickly fall to the bottom.

Leave your fruit fly trap out on the counter when you go to bed, and you’ll be surprised at how many you’ll find in the morning.  Ewww!  Good riddance!

What’s your favorite method of getting rid of these little pests?

As always, thanks for stopping by!



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