Make Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

I know it feels like summer pretty much everywhere else in the country.  But here in Los Angeles it’s still mellow, weather-wise. The fruit flies, however, know what season it is, and are very happy that everything I’m eating is super ripe!  Here’s an easy DIY Fruit Fly Trap that I’ve been using for years, and it works really well.


Take an empty glass jar, fill the bottom with Apple Cider Vinegar.  I’m not sure if you can use regular vinegar or not – I’ve read that fruit flies are attracted to the smell of fermentation so fermenting apples might be what gets them ultra excited.  If you heat up the liquid before you put the top on, it will release the fragrance even more.

Poke a few holes into the lid (I use a hammer and nail, a la The Indigo Girls).


They’ll fly in, but they won’t fly out!  Empty the vinegar every few days, as they collect the gross little bug bodies.  I make several fruit fly traps and put them throughout the house, wherever I see them collecting.  After a week or so, they definitely die down.  You can also use rotting fruit in the jar, but personally I think that’s too gross.


12 thoughts on “Make Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

  1. Living, Learning, Eating

    Do you know what the type of spoon is called? I really want one, but I don’t need a whole cutlery set and I definitely don’t have over a hundred dollars to spend on a spoon! I’m hoping I can find a cheaper version, if I know what type it is. Thanks!

    1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet Post author

      No clue! It took forever to find it too. I think it may be discontinued?

  2. Emily

    What a brilliant idea! I just started noticing fruit flies in my kitchen this week. It’s definitely that time of year. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jessie

    May be a dumb question, but how do the flies fit through the tiny holes? Or is that just a super large jar with fly-sized holes?

  4. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking

    I’m loving the fresh fruit this time of year and those fruit flies can be a nasty pain in the you know what! Love the tip, Lynn, thanks!
    BIG, BIG hugs!!

  5. CJ

    You’ve got a perfect food story photo here … If you want to submit it, I usually post new photos on Saturdays …

  6. Danielle

    Great idea for the fruit flies. It’s getting to be pesky bug season here, so I’m going to try this.

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