How to Build Wine Bottle Fruit Fly Traps

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DIY Vinegar Fly Trap

A vinegar fly trap might be the easiest kind to make, and it's the best kind for fruit flies.

  1. First, grab a shallow dish or bowl.
  2. Put in some bait and fill it with an inch or two of apple cider, possibly mixed with some sugar.
  3. Next, add some fruit-scented dish soap to the bowl. The dish soap breaks the surface tension, so flies are unable to land on the liquid. Instead, they sink and drown.

This trap will work as-is because the flies can't resist the smell and will dive right in just to drown in the liquid, but I suggest covering the bowl with saran wrap you have poked a few holes in (holes that are just large enough for the flies to get through).

This way, all the flies that come to investigate will be trapped, even if they don't fall into the liquid. Some people say this method helps trap more flies, but others say fewer flies are able to find their way into the trap in the first place. If you're using the right kind of bait, though, that should be enough to keep them coming.

Fruit flies love wine!

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1. Apple Cider Vinegar and Plastic Wrap

Danielle Daly

For this DIY fruit fly trap, apple cider vinegar is more effective than white vinegar, since it’s a touch sweeter. They can’t resist the scent of vinegar, and they won’t be able to exit once they’re inside! For an even better chance at success, make several of these traps and place them around your kitchen. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Pour a little apple cider vinegar into a glass.
  2. Cover the opening with plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band.
  3. Poke a few small holes for the fruit flies to enter.

How to Build a DIY Fruit Fly Trap in 4 Steps

Step 1:

Carefully cut your water bottle in half with your scissors or box cutter. You will only need about 4-5 inches of the bottom half of the bottle.

If you want to use a cup or a mason jar instead, you can skip this step.

Carefully cut around the circumference of the bott
Carefully cut around the circumference of the bottle
You will need about 4-5 inches of the bottle for y
You will need about 4-5 inches of the bottle for your trap

Step 2:

Time to mix up your trap bait. For this, pour about half an inch of apple cider vinegar into your remaining bottle, cup, or jar.

You should use apple cider vinegar for this because it has a sweet aroma that will attract fruit flies. There are other types of traps where white vinegar can be used, but for this method, stick to apple cider vinegar.

Pour about half an inch of apple cider vinegar int
Pour about half an inch of apple cider vinegar into your bottle

Step 3:

Now, add a couple teaspoons of dish soap, it doesn’t have to be precise. The purpose of the dish soap is to break the surface tension of the vinegar so the flies can’t land on top of it. Without it, the fruit flies would be able to land right on top of the vinegar and fly away again.

Add a teaspoon or two of dish soap to the vinegar
Add a teaspoon or two of dish soap to the vinegar to break the surface tension

Step 4:

Finally, take a small piece of plastic wrap or press n’ seal, and pull it tight over the open mouth of the trap.

Pull a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the t
Pull a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the trap

Secure the plastic wrap in place with a rubber band, ensuring the surface remains taught.

Secure the plastic wrap with a rubber band
Secure the plastic wrap with a rubber band

Lastly, poke a few holes into the plastic wrap, just large enough for the fruit flies to get in. This will allow them to get in, but makes it more difficult for them to escape.

Poke a few small holes in your plastic wrap with a
Poke a few small holes in your plastic wrap with a tooth pick, pen, or knife.
Spread 6 or 7 holes out evenly across the plastic
Spread 6 or 7 holes out evenly across the plastic wrap

Homemade Fruit Fly Trap – Overall

If you want to make a homemade trap, either one of the traps listed above will work great. 

One year I decided to alter the process a little by adding old fruit to the bottle instead of the apple cider vinegar.

Do not do this!

The old fruit worked really well at attracting the fruit flies, but without the apple cider vinegar to drown them, the flies just reproduced inside the bottle on the fruit.  

Before I knew it, I had a small science experiment going on in my kitchen. 

So, avoid adding any fruit to your trap and simply use the apple cider vinegar

It works great and before you know it, your fruit fly problems will be a thing of the past.

Best Fruit Fly Traps Comparison Chart

Product Type
BEAPCO 6-Pack Drop-Ins

Fruit fly trap
Terro Fruit Fly Trap T2500 Fruit fly trap
Aunt Fannie’s FlyPunch Fruit fly trap
FlyFix Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit fly trap
Electric Trap

Electric Fruit Fly Trap
Bonide 857 Pyrethrin Spray

Concentrated insecticide
Safer Brand Houseplant Traps

Sticky trap
Trapro

Sticky trap
BarPro

Fruit fly strip with dichlorvos
Invade Bio Drain Gel- 1 qt

Drain gel

Flies in House Plants

If you’ve got flies in your house-plants, most likely they are fungus gnats, which are small, mosquito-like insects. Colorado State University scientists give the following recommendations:

  1. Suspend plant watering as the gnat eggs laid and / or larvae die of dehydration.
  2. Apply pyrethroid-based insecticides, available for use on houseplants including those containing the following active ingredients: bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, permethrin, and lambdacyhalothrin.
  3. Buy some roundworms which emit a bacterium that digests the internal contents of the larvae. Fungus gnat larvae die within three to four days. The roundworm species Steinernema feltiae is particularly effective against fungus gnat larvae.

Safer Brand Houseplant Sticky Traps

Those who need a sticky trap tend to order safer houseplant stakes which you can use even on your balcony. Pests stick to it as long as you change the sticky sheets in a timely manner. They are quite small, 1×2 inches long and are barely noticeable in the pots. Judging by the reviews, two hours later, some pests can be found on the sticky surface.

Its main disadvantage is that the sticky part is odorless and does not attract insects. Moreover, you can accidentally get into the glue when watering the flowers. According to the scientists, the trap is designed mainly against insects that inhabit moist soil.

Use larger sticky sheets in the garden, such as Trapro. These sticky traps are effective against small mosquitoes, whiteflies, mushroom mosquitoes and wasps.

Fruit (Vinegar) Flies in Your Garden

So you have some moths flying in your garden and feeding on the strawberries or fruit bushes (raspberries, blackberries). These moths are the first cousin of the fruit flies and are called Drosophila suzukii or Vinegar Fly. Dealing with them is the same as dealing with the fruit flies. First of all it is necessary to remove all (!!!) of the rotten infected fruit from the plants (that’s where the moths lay eggs) and to remove or bury it, and then process the house with insecticides.

Speaking of organically acceptable methods of vinegar fly control, University of California entomologists advise using pyrethrin sprays. You can try Bonide 857 Pyrethrin Spray Concentrate as protection of your garden and backyard. It exterminates other garden pests such as fungus gnats, aphids, and caterpillars.

Bonide spray:  Check the current price

Fruit Fly BarPro

Fruit Fly BarPro Fly Control Strip, a self-proclaimed Fruit Fly Killer #1 in America, is another product we should warn you about. These strips evaporate Dichlorvos, an insecticide that cannot be used at home. Without any doubt, Dichlorvos is a very strong killer, but it is best for use outdoors or in garbage areas, where there are few people who could potentially inhale this dangerous insecticide.

Fruit Fly Trap Reviews

But what about the best fruit fly trap to buy?

In the below section we break down each of our product recommendations in a little more detail.

FAQ Section

What To Put In A Fruit Fly Trap?

The main goal of such traps is to eliminate the spread of insects around food. That is why they contain chemicals that smell like food, such as vegetables, fruits, bread, but are poisonous to insects.

How Do Fruit Fly Traps Work?

Fruit flies are really attracted by the food smells. That is why smelling it, they fly in and sit in a trap. Here is where fly traps start to work. Some traps use UV light to kill fruit flies, some use vinegar, and so on. Anyway, insects die very quickly after they eat or smell poison.

3. Vinegar and dish soap

Danielle Daly

If you find your fruit flies impervious to your plastic wrap or paper cone traps, try adding three drops of dish soap to a bowl of vinegar and leave it uncovered. The soap cuts the surface tension of the vinegar so the flies will sink and drown.

Won’t Fruit Flies Just Go Away?

If it’s late August and you’re seeing your first batch of fruit flies for the year, you may be tempted to just live and let live until winter’s chill kills them all off. Why should you invest in traps if they’ll die soon anyway?

Fruit Fly Traps Give Quick Results

Sure, the fruit flies will die in a matter of months anyway, but that doesn’t mean you need to live with them in your home, contaminating your fresh produce. 

Think of it this way: if you discovered roaches in your home, but you knew that they would die off in a matter of weeks, would you just ignore them for the time being?

Probably not. Fruit flies are small and seemingly harmless, but don’t let their appearance fool you. 

With a fruit fly trap, you can enjoy the warmth of summer without the irritation of these bacteria-ridden pests.

They’re Simply Disgusting

There are no two ways around it: fruit flies are gross. And when you find out that they could be poisoning your fruits with their eggs and larvae, they seem even more repulsive. 

Do yourself (and your household) a favor, and take a look at some fly traps specially designed to target and trap fruit flies.

Step 2: Soap Bubble Trap

The flies are attracted by the bait and get stuck in the soap bubbles. I used red wine as bait and added some dish soap. Put your hand over the top and shake it up as shown to make the bubbles. Then put it near your infestation.

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