A Simple Fruit Fly Trap

This is the season of fruit flies. They come into your house and multiply, hovering around and feeding on fruit and vegetables. See a complete description of fruit flies here.

With the help of my daughter, I discovered these pesky flies like apple cider vinegar. If you check online, apparently this is old news.

I got the idea to make a simple trap by knowing how the more expensive fruit fly traps work. You need bait (apple cider vinegar) and you need a way for the fruit flies to enter the trap but not find their way back out.

I took a Tupperware cup and filled it partially with vinegar. I covered the top with cellophane and placed a rubber band around the top to keep it tight. I punched a small hole which was large enough for the flies to enter, but too small for them to locate when they want to get back out.

Cup of vinegar with celaphane and rubber band.

Cup of vinegar with cellophane and rubber band.

The trap is doing its job. I have already washed the first batch of fruit flies down the drain and are catching more. The flies are becoming very scarce in my house now.

Fruit flies caught in trap.

Fruit flies caught in trap.

So if you are suffering from a pestilence of fruit flies right now, this is a simple trick that will eliminate the problem.

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me. Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.” Exodus 8:20-21 KJV

“And the Lord did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.” Exodus 8: 24 KJV

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