Homemade Fruit Fly Trap


Somehow, we ended up with a fruit fly fiesta in our kitchen. I suspect the initial culprits came from my compost bucket, but it really doesn’t matter where they came from…once they come, it’s hard to get them to leave!

I’m not about to shell out a bunch of money for some questionable chemical, though, so it’s time for a homemade fruit fly trap!


  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 3-4 drops of dish soap
  • 1/4 c. water


Pour the apple cider vinegar into a measuring cup or small dish. Add the dish soap, then add the water. This should make a nice foam on top of your apple cider vinegar.

Let the dish sit in the area near your fruit flies and empty as necessary (about once a day).

I did this today and had over a dozen flies drowning in vinegar less than an hour after I set the trap. Awesome!



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