A DIY fruit fly trap can be a very effective way to deal with a fruit fly infestation. After reading through a couple how to articles on the internet, I couldn’t really find a satisfying guide on how to make one with decent instructions. Of course, as mentioned in other articles on this site, using these traps should only be utilized after you have found and destroy the place in which the fruit flies are breeding.
However, once this has been done, you need to focus your attention on getting rid of the fruit flies that are already present and you need to do this as quick as possible as they can reproduce very quickly. In order to do this, you need to learn how to get rid of them without incurring too much cost. The purpose of this article is to explore the process on how to make the best trap so that you can kill those fruit flies quickly and effectively. In addition, we will explore which is the best way of killing fruit flies using a trap that can be made at home and various other tips and how to instructions. I hope that you enjoy this article and if you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment!
Traps – The Simple Fruit Fly Infestation Killer
One of the most effective home made traps is definitely this one and people around the world have reported a great success rate with this method. The good news is that it will hardly cost you anything to build and only takes about 10 minutes to make. So after you have discovered the basics about getting rid of fruit flies, you can go about making your own one right away. It works as well as replacement for a Vector, Natural Catch and Martha Stewart’s fly trap. Here are a few steps that outline the process in detail:
The first thing you need to do is find a couple ingredients for this fruit fly trap recipe.
- You will need a bottle of apple cider vinegar (any brand is fine, so don’t purchase anything expensive
- A couple glass jars (cups are fine as well but just be aware that it will eventually be holding dead fruit flies so just ensure that you wash them extremely well after use)
- A couple sheets of plastic (this can easily be taken from shopping bags although I personally prefer to use clear plastic)
- Something to make holes in the plastic (a knife will do the job, as long as its not too big)
- A rubber band which can easily be purchased at any stationary store. (you can also use a hair band if you wish but make sure you wash it afterwards)
- Some house-hold dish-washing liquid (again, not some expensive stuff, just the stuff your usually wash your dishes with is sufficient for this trap).
Once you have all these items, its time to make your very own traps. All that you need to do is pour about a cup of the apple cider vinegar into your glass jar and add a tablespoon of dish washing liquid into the mixture. Give it a single shake to mix the soap into the vinegar and then fit the plastic sheet over it. Then keep it in place by strapping the elastic band around the top. Once this has been done, simply punch a few holes into the plastic with your knife, making sure that each hole is no larger then the width of a pencil. Then you just need to repeat this process to make about 4-5 of these fruit fly killers and then place them in any problem area in your home or office. I highly recommend that you place one or two in your kitchen as I have found that this a very common place in which they are found. You can find additional information on these fruit fly traps by clicking here.
Do These Vinegar Fruit Fly Traps Work?
Well the reality is that fruit flies are rather dumb. The trap works by luring the fruit flies to their doom by the smell given off by the vinegar which acts as strong fruit fly bait. Since fruit flies find their food sources by their sense of smell, they are drawn to it and investigate by going through the small holes that you made in the plastic sheet. Once inside, they come into contact with the vinegar with great satisfaction and may sit their for quite awhile with no apparent desire to leave. However, when they do they will find that they are weighed down by the soapy mixture that you placed on top of the vinegar and cannot escape. To make matters worse, they are unable to climb back up the wall of the jar because their feet are too slippery. After 24 hours, all the fruit flies inside your drain fly trap should be dead and although it may seem a bit barbaric, remember that they were putting your families health at risk, something that should not be taken lightly. I think that the term “survival of the fittest” applies nicely to this method as this vinegar trap really works well!
Homemade Fruit Fly Trap That’s More Friendly
Another easy trap for fruit flies (or drain flies) that you can use is called the “Paper Cone”. OK, you got me, I did just make that up but since it doesn’t officially have a name, I think that it fits quite nicely. The reason why I call it that is because of the way it looks, take a look at it on the left. The way that his one works is very similar to the previous trap, except it doesn’t kill the fruit flies. Instead, it just prevents them from escaping (although I have found that they sometimes do get out, but only a small percentage). All that you need to do for this trap to work is the following:
Take a piece of rotting fruit (anything really, as long as its fermenting) and place it inside of a glass jar. Then create a cone shape with a piece of paper and place it inside the jar as shown on the image. Be sure that there is no space between the cone and the rim of the jar otherwise the fruit flies will easily get out and your trap for fruit flies will not be effective. Additionally, make sure that the hole at the bottom of the cone is very small, just big enough for the fruit flies to get inside but small enough to make escaping very difficult.
How Do These Paper Cone Traps Actually Work?
This trap works by attracting fruit flies to the smell of rotting fruit. In fact, to be slightly more accurate, they are attracted to the sugar that is fermenting on the fruit. After investigation, they will find it a lot more difficult to get out of the jar then it was to get out. Remember that this trap is not foolproof. Compared to the vinegar fly trap, this is far less effective in getting rid of a fruit fly infestation. I have found that some of them do escape but since they are not very intelligent, most of them will fail with their escape plan. If you want to learn about where fruit flies actually come from, check out my guide on this subject and let me know if you have any questions.
In conclusion, the best fruit fly traps are a very effective way to deal with any sort of fruit fly infestations. However, you must first figure out where these little pests come from in order so that you can effectively fight them. Once you have figured that part out, you can start to fight the problem. However, I have seen many people get rid of fruit flies only to have the same problem a couple weeks later so its important to learn the things that they are attracted to in order to eradicate them completely. Thanks for reading my article. I would appreciate it if you share this information with your friends and family on your favorite social networks like Facebook or Twitter so that they can also learn how to build these traps.