Monday, October 3, 2022


Try this easy DIY trick to trap fruit flies (watch the video, it works!)

By Nanci Dixon
It is fruit fly season here in Minnesota and boy, they are everywhere! They particularly seem to enjoy bananas (well, all fruit really), and this morning they took a liking to my cereal. They have to go! This is an easy-to-make trap to attract and contain them. 

Start with an empty, small water bottle, cut the top off where the slope of the top meets the straight sides of the bottle. Roll a sheet of typing paper into a cone leaving a very, very tiny hole in the bottom of the cone. Tape the cone together and trim the top of the cone straight across. 

Add a banana peel, a piece of fruit or apple core, and a little water or apple cider vinegar to th bottle. Fruit flies are attracted to the acid released by rotting fruit and veggies. Whatever you have handy that is sweet and sugary will work just fine. Once they get a whiff of that smell, they zero in. Being the size of a sesame seed they can get through the tiniest crack.

Insert the cone and tape securely around the edges where the cone meets the bottle … then wait. It should not take long for the little pesky things to go into the bottle but be unable to get out.  Make sure the cone is taped in securely or you will have just done a feed-and-release!

And of course, it is also helpful to sanitize drains with bleach or vinegar, keep trash cans empty and food tightly sealed (or in the refrigerator) to prevent these pesky flies in the first place. 



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1 year ago

In a small open container, mix cider vinegar with a couple of drops of dish soap. Just leave on the counter. Nothing else is necessary. No construction required.

2 years ago

Easier fruit fly trap, just place a banana peel in a paper cup and stretch plastic wrap over the cup. Then, poke a few holes in the wrap with a ballpoint pen.

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago

You can also take a small jar, put some fruit in it, and cover the top with stretch wrap. Punch a few holes in it with a toothpick and you have a similar fruit fly trap.

Wayne Caldwell
2 years ago

We all know that
“Time flies like arrows. Fruit flies like bananas”

2 years ago

None of these work for me unless it’s a few brought in on fruit. Vinegar or rotten fruit traps catch a few while they are breeding by the hundreds in drain strainers and sink overflow opening and the dirt of plants.

Mosquito Bits work on the top of the soil of plants. Bug spray into drains and overflow openings works. We tape closed overflow openings and close drains in sinks we don’t use very often–after spraying.

2 years ago

Also wash your bananas as soon as you get home.

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago
Reply to  Linda

I immediately do this with ALL my fruit when I get home from the store. Seems to work.

2 years ago

A small container, such as a ramekin, with a small amount of apple cider vinegar and piece of plastic wrap cover with a small hole, might be easier and less stinky.