DIY Fruit Fly Trapping: my experience.

Does the rest of the world have the same issue with the fruit fly that I have? I get an infestation yearly. If you don’t, consider yourself lucky.
Fruit Flies. How do we deal with these pests that seem to spawn out of nowhere? Trap them. Trap them because trying to swat them with the end result being their death is well, difficult. Find out how I trap them. Pin for later!

How do we deal with these pests that seem to spawn out of nowhere?  Trap them.  Trap them because trying to swat them with the end result being their death is well, difficult.

In the past I have used bread soaked in olive oil in a dish, then covered said dish with plastic wrap that had strategic holes punched into it.  Reason for the holes, they seem to find their way in, but not their way out.  This is somewhat effective.  If they get in, they do tend to get stuck in their, but the bread and oil didn’t seem to be a major magnet.

A great pin on Pintrest said you could really attract the fruit fly with yeast.  They discovered this while making dough.  So, they suggested basically what I had done with my bread and oil trick…but they didn’t mention anything about the plastic wrap.  I tried it as the post was written.  They were attracted, a few drowned.  Basically it was a success.  I did get frustrated seeing how many were just flying away.  Light-bulb!  Add the plastic wrap.  DUH.  Works SO well.

Here are the instructions:

Grab your yeast.

Fruit Flies. How do we deal with these pests that seem to spawn out of nowhere? Trap them. Trap them because trying to swat them with the end result being their death is well, difficult. Find out how I trap them. Pin for later!

Now, you take something like a small mason jar, a glass bowl or something somewhat shallow.  Fill it 3/4 way with warm water.  Add yeast (I don’t measure).

Fruit Flies. How do we deal with these pests that seem to spawn out of nowhere? Trap them. Trap them because trying to swat them with the end result being their death is well, difficult. Find out how I trap them. Pin for later!

Then a pinch of sugar.  I think that is so the yeast can feed on it.

Fruit Flies. How do we deal with these pests that seem to spawn out of nowhere? Trap them. Trap them because trying to swat them with the end result being their death is well, difficult. Find out how I trap them. Pin for later!

Cover the jar with plastic wrap and prick some holes in it.  A toothpick was used here, but sometimes the holes don’t seem large enough.  I then just grabbed the meat thermometer and used that.  Worked better.

 

Fruit Flies. How do we deal with these pests that seem to spawn out of nowhere? Trap them. Trap them because trying to swat them with the end result being their death is well, difficult. Find out how I trap them. Pin for later!

Then place the jar where you find most of your fruit flies (this is my sink area).  You wait.  Can you see the holes?  There was hardly any time between this shot and the last, that is how quickly they were attracted.

Fruit Flies. How do we deal with these pests that seem to spawn out of nowhere? Trap them. Trap them because trying to swat them with the end result being their death is well, difficult. Find out how I trap them. Pin for later!

Not long really and you will find how attracted they are.  VERY.

Fruit Flies. How do we deal with these pests that seem to spawn out of nowhere? Trap them. Trap them because trying to swat them with the end result being their death is well, difficult. Find out how I trap them. Pin for later!

Soon after that, they make there way in and eventually they die in the yeasty water.

Fruit Flies. How do we deal with these pests that seem to spawn out of nowhere? Trap them. Trap them because trying to swat them with the end result being their death is well, difficult. Find out how I trap them. Pin for later!

Can you tell we were really having a fruit fly issue? There are some floating in the water but it is much easier to spot the million flies on the lid of the mason jar.  EW

My thoughts on fruit fly trapping.

I have been doing this for days and it is keeping down the population.  Other than this DIY trap, I have been trying to empty the garbage as much as I can so they don’t have food to live off, as well as keeping my sink as clean as I can.  I also found one possible breeding ground in the garbage next to the deep freezer.  We had thrown some food that was freezer burned away and it was like two weeks ago!  We don’t usually throw things in there but we had defrosted the whole thing and I just tossed stuff and forgot.

In the past, found old apples in child’s bedroom (won’t name names dear oldest) that have caused an infestation.  Even after finding some areas I believe were contributing to my problem, we are still catching plenty of fruit flies, but we still have so many.  This got me thinking.  Maybe we just couldn’t keep up.  The yeast is a great way to attract the bugs, a vacuum is great way to get a bunch at one time.  The Dyson V6 Absolute cordless works SO well for this job.

Good luck with your fruit fly trapping!

Try it! Gross, yes.  Effective, very.

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Fruit Fly Trapping. It struck my fancy.

2 thoughts on “Fruit Fly Trapping. It struck my fancy.

  • October 31, 2016 at 9:54 am
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    Thank you for pointing out the plastic wrap. I usually use apple or balsamic vinegar with water and a splash of washing up liquid to trap them, but always with an open jar. They just drop in and drown. But the plastic wrap might even get a better result. I will test your method. Thank you.

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    • November 1, 2016 at 6:24 pm
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      I think the plastic wrap really makes a difference because it traps them in. I hope this method works out for you. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

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