Don’t you just love a little invasion of fruit flies hovering in your face, sampling your dinner, and drowning in your drink?
Yeah. We don’t either.
That’s why I was thrilled, after trying many other do-it-yourself setups, to stumble across this gem of a homemade trap suggestion buried in the reviews of a commercial trap sold on Amazon (I had pretty much given up on being able to make something that really worked!) Since I have not seen this trap explained anywhere else online, and since it works fantastically, I offer the following tutorial for the edification of the rest of the fruit-fly-plagued world:
You will need a fly ribbon, a disposable cup, and apple cider vinegar. A disposable bowl is optional; it keeps things neater.
Unroll the fly ribbon.
Wrap the ribbon around the top of the cup so that it sticks up above the rim. Mine went a little sideways here, but it will still work. It helps to have someone hold the cup for you while you wrap.
If you get the sticky stuff on your hands or anything else, you can remove it with petroleum jelly smeared on a paper towel.
Step Three (Optional)
Place the cup in the bowl. This makes it easier to handle and move without getting sticky stuff all over, and tends to keep the ribbon from being pulled downward from the weight of the ribbon roll over time.
Fill the cup 1/2 – 2/3 full of apple cider vinegar. Place the finished trap wherever the fruit flies seem to congregate the most frequently.
Within 5 minutes of placing this on the counter, it had already eliminated one of the pests.
Within a few days, it had accumulated over a dozen. I didn’t even think there were that many in the house. I am always amazed at how many more this will catch than I think are even there – when I can tell there are a lot, one of these traps will get covered.
If you want, you can add more vinegar as it evaporates. When you’re done with the trap, drain out any leftover vinegar and throw the trap in the garbage. Just make sure the garbage is protected from pets or small children (of course, you’ll want to keep the trap away from pets and small children while you’re using it, as well.)
Happy fly hunting!