Fruit Fly Trap

As the season warms, the fruit in my kitchen becomes a fertile ground for fruit flies. Their quantity and tenacity frustrated me until I learned of a simple and effective trap.

Partially fill a glass with a sweet fruit juice like grape and add a drop or two of dish soap. Set the trap near your fruit and it should take care of the problem. See the image below.

The sweet juice attracts the flies who climb on in for a meal. The soap breaks the surface tension of the juice and sucks the flies into their demise.

It provides great control, is easily made and pretty safe around children and pets.

they used to be pests


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7 Responses to “Fruit Fly Trap”


  1. 1 Tim April 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Outstanding! I am SO trying this! Thanks for sharing / posting!

  2. 2 Adam April 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Paul,
    How do you come up with these ideas? Awesome idea, kinda starts to remind me of some experiements from Chemistry class back in high school where we had to balance a paperclip on standing water and then drop a drop of soap and watch it sink. Same concept I’m guessing.
    Thanks for the tip, we’ll get our trap up soon.
    on a side note, the nana muffins are tasting better than ever out there. We got it down to about a 8minute prep time and then off to the oven.
    Muchas Gracias,
    Adam

    • 3 Paul Stocker April 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      Adam,

      It’s all in the Google…

      Glad to hear the muffins are serving you well. I recently updated the recipe to include directions for making it into a loaf as well.

      -Paul

  3. 4 Tracee April 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Oh how cute, they’re dead. Thanks for the tip.

  4. 5 Anonymous September 8, 2010 at 12:21 am

    works with apple cider vinegar instead of juice, too.

  5. 6 McKenzie September 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I used to get fruit flies all the time until i learned from a friend they mainly come from eggs on bananas! rinse your bananas in water when you bring them home from the store and your good to go. haven’t seen a fruit fly for months.


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