How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies: Super Simple DIY Trap

How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies: Super Simple DIY Trap

Abby Stone
Jan 14, 2013

The "paper cone of death" fruit fly trap is one way to kill those annoying little pests. But, the other day, when I was having trouble fitting a paper cone into my glass, I discovered an alternate solution that's just as effective!

The basic principle is the same: wine, fruit juice or apple cider vinegar lures in the flies. A few dots of dishwashing liquid on top helps prevent their escape and, just to be sure, the cone or, in this case, a piece of clear plastic wrap dotted with three or four fruit fly-sized holes, is a physical barrier to their exit. As they used to say about a certain kind of roach trap, fruit flies check in but they don't check out.

I used Glad Press and Seal, but you can use any kind of plastic wrap. A rubber band or hair elastic can be used to ensure a tight seal. Don't make your holes too big; a toothpick makes one that is just the right size.

(Image: Abigail Stone)

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