Friday, August 12, 2011

Free DIY Fruit Fly Trap

This time of year fruit flies can be a nuisance.  If you have your garden produce laying around or those bananas from the store, they can attract fruit flies.  What do you do???

This trap is a no fail solution!!

You need:
Tall glass or jar, preferably clear so you can see when you have trapped the little guys.
Tape, scotch or masking will work.
Some kind of bait, like ripe banana or fruit.
Piece of paper, I used 8 1/2 x 11.

Form the paper into a cone using the long side of the paper.  Keep the hole really small, like 1/8 of an inch.  So the flies will crawl through but not be able to fly out.  Tape.

 Now tape the whole length of the cone on the inside and out so they can't get out.

 Place the "bait" in the jar.  Place the cone in the jar.  The cone should not be touching the bait. 
Tape securely around the edge of the glass.  Make sure there are no gaps. 
 Trim down the cone so it is easy for the flies to go in.
 Leave it where you see the most fruit flies.  Believe me, if you build it, they will come.  It fills up overnight and does a great job of catching the flies.
My sons dispose of the flies by taking the jar outside and filling it with water.  Then they throw out the paper and the bait. 

So no need to go crazy over fruit flies.  You could mke it a homeschool project!  ;-)  (wink)


Kiery said...

Ah! that's brilliant! I need to try that. I've had horrible issues getting rid of those little things. They like my sink :P

Gloria said...

Thanks Kiery,
Yes, this little beauty has been a life saver around here!
Good to hear from you!