How to Trap Fruit Flies

by Michelle Evans Slater


  • Jar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cantaloupe
  • Glad Press and Seal Wrap
  • Tac
  • Sticky Fly Tape
  • Gloves
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    This is a modified, upgraded version of the basic trap using only apple cider vinegar. The cantaloupe has a pungent smell that the flies love. Coupled with the vinegar, it's a knock out combo.

    Step 2

    I added the fly tape to catch those tricky fruit flies that would hang out on the side of the jar and never land on the top. Those little buggers thought they'd outsmarted a human. Nope!

    Step 3

    Mason jar.

    Step 4

    Fill up the jar with apple cider vinegar and cantaloupe chunks. Leave 1/4 inch space at the top.

    Step 5

    The sharp end makes great holes and the width of the Tac shaft is the size you should make the hole.

    Step 6

    Best wrap to use. Cling wrap has to be taped down whereas the press and seal has an adhesive quality.

    Step 7

    Place wrap over the top, smooth out and poke about 10 holes. Use the Tac to make holes just big enough for the flies to crawl in but not big enough to crawl out. Press the sides down firmly.

    Step 8

    Check out the fruit fly party. The flies were attracted to it as soon as I put it down. Note the flies on the side. Next step addresses the ones that don't crawl into the trap.

    Step 9

    USE GLOVES. Unroll then wrap 1 spool of the sticky fly tape around the jar as an extra trap. Sometimes the flies will hang outside the jar. With the tape, they'll get stuck.

    Step 10

    SERIOUSLY!! USE GLOVES! It is almost impossible to remove the sticky glue from your hands.

    Step 11

    Finished product.

    Step 12

    With cantaloupe removed: I caught a ton of fruit flies. Within 2 days the infestation was gone. Me: 1, Flies: 0.