The Best Natural Fruit Fly Trap using Vinegar

Thrifty and all natural Fruit Fly trap using vinegar and dish soap.

Got a fruit fly problem? Have no fear – today I am sharing the best natural fruit fly trap using vinegar! It will save you, promise.

Last week when I canned peaches using my no-refined sugar recipe I noticed a fruit fly. Well overnight that one fruit fly turned into 20. And then 40. Seriously…what is up with how fast these little fetchers breed?  Before I knew it I was doing the icky dance, batting fruit flies away every time I opened my pantry. I knew that the breeding needed to stop and these fruit flies needed to destroyed.

My parents always used vinegar and dish soap to kill them little buggers.  Unfortunately at that moment they were traveling and I couldn’t get a hold of them for their recipe. Luckily on that same day I got an email from a reader named Stephanie who shared her recipe for a fruit fly trap using vinegar and dish soap.

How to make a Natural Fruit Fly Trap Using Vinegar

Fruit Fly Trap using vinegar - natural, safe, non-tox and it WORKS!

Take a jar and fill it 1/2 or 1/3 full of apple cider vinegar. Next,  gently mix in a few squirts dish soap (maybe a teaspoon amount) so there are no bubbles. Then, leave it on your counter overnight near where you see them. In the morning there will be drowned fruit flies in the bottom of it! If the first night doesn’t catch them all make a fresh batch the next day to catch the stragglers.

How this works is the apple cider vinegar smells like rotten fruit to the fruit flies and attracts them. The liquid dish soap breaks the surface of the vinegar and sucks them in when they try to land, which drowns them.

DIY Fruit Fly Trap using Vinegar and dish soap - it works great!

Now I am a lover of most creatures besides spiders, grasshoppers and flies of all kinds. So it still saddens me a little that I am having to kill these little fruit flies, but if I don’t they will breed and infest quickly. This method is natural and non-toxic so if my kids come by and happen to grab the jar off the counter it shouldn’t hurt them.

So it’s bye bye, fruit flies! Hope this recipe helps you out.

Thanks again Stephanie for your recipe!15 Comments

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  1. Yay! I’m glad it worked for you :)

  2. Cindy Smith says:

    If you use a 2 liter soda bottle and cut the top off insert it upside down and tape it on then it creates a funnel that the fly’s can get in but cant get out so you will actually capture more then you would with just an open jar!!

  3. How big a jar are you using? Can it be a little one so as not to waste so much vinegar?

  4. Oh, and now you know why scientists use them for genetic studies. They only live 24 hours so their life cycle and breeding habits make them an excellent choice. Just not in my house ;-)

  5. Just a side note. I found that real apple cider vinegar is the key. So double check and make sure its not apple cider flavored vinegar.

  6. Thank you! A friend gave a bunch of pears recently that I’ve been keeping on the counter in a paper bag to ripen. I checked them this morning and found a swarm of fruit flies. Luckily, I have some Bragg’s apple cider vinegar in the cupboard so I tried this method. It works! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  7. I just had fruit flies, a nice cousin brought a giant bag of apricots to us as a gift and they melted rotted just turned nasty in my laundry room bc I forgot about them. OOPS. For fruit flies its just a nice excuse to have a glass of wine, then I leave the wine glass out with maybe 4 ounces of wine in it. Almost instantly the fruit flies start landing in it and swim around a bit and drown. If I had to pick a way to go… swimming in wine might be up there on the list :)

  8. I found I could catch the stragglers who don’t land in the glass with the hose on my vacuum because they fly so slow.

  9. Thanks. Perfect timing for this post since I have been making pear jam.

  10. Thank You for this recipe! I could not remember what was in it when I needed it! Now, if only you had a GOOD way of getting rid of pantry moths! My birds food was infected, and I have them everywhere EXCEPT my pantry!!

  11. Mary Ann Brandys says:

    I used this vinegar mixture and I just used a small container on my computer, they were everywhere. After a while I thought the vinegar mix was drawing them in. So got some fly traps and some that go flat on the window.They are covered and the fruit flies are getting less and less. Also I sprayed in the lower crack of my window sill with Totally Awesome and some Dawn soap in case they were coming in there. We opened the refrigerator and found a bunch of dead fruit flies, My husband had been eating out of a bag of grapes and put it back in refrig. He will now put in an enclosed container.

  12. We live on a horse ranch with millions of regular flies. Do you have a recipe for them. Tried a liter bottle cut ate the top & inverted, put root beer in it. This caught a few, but not very effective. Someone else said to put a penny in a plastic snack bag with water in it so it would look like a giant . eye to the flies. Another friend said it doesn’t work. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

  13. red wine vinegar works too. i used that last week when i ran out of apple cider vinegar. In fct, i felt it worked better.

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