How to Build a Fruit Fly Trap


Fruit flies are a common nuisance in kitchens with ripe fruits and vegetables on the counter. This can be especially aggravating during the summer when you are harvesting produce from your garden and you have an abundance of fresh food sitting out. Once fruit flies descend on your kitchen, they will quickly multiply and the infestation can get out of control. Make your own fruit fly traps using common household items and reduce the number of fruit flies that are pestering you and your family.

Step 1

Roll the paper into a funnel shape so that one end is narrow and the other end is wide. Tape the paper funnel to secure it.

Step 2

Measure and pour the cider vinegar into the jar.

Step 3

Place the rolled paper into the jar so that the wide end of the funnel is above the opening of the jar and the narrow end is a short distance away from the cider vinegar. Do not allow the paper funnel to touch the cider vinegar.

Step 4

Set the fruit fly trap wherever you notice a heavy concentration of fruit flies. The cider vinegar will attract the fruit flies and they will fly into the jar through the funnel. They will then be unable to escape.

Step 5

Dispose of the fruit flies by pouring the cider vinegar down the sink when the trap is full.

Step 6

Pour additional cider vinegar into the jar and reset the trap to continue catching fruit flies.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass jar
  • Plain white paper (8 1/2-by-11 inches)
  • Clear tape
  • 2 ounces cider vinegar
  • Measuring cup


  • Fruit Flies
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