Best Fruit Fly Trap – Fruit Containers

Posted on May 02, 2017

One problem with bringing bags and bags and bags of fruits and vegetables in your home is the fruit fly. They come in on bananas, grapefruit, or they just show up.

When you buy clear plastic quart or pint sized fruit containers of berries, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, etc.  don’t throw the empty plastic fruit containers away. They make perfect reusable fruit fly traps.

Pour a little apple cider vinegar and a squirt of dish soap in the container. Stir it.  Swish it around to get the smell all over the inside, rub a little on the inside of the lid. Then poke 3 holes in the top with a steak knife and twist it to about twice the size of a fruit fly or bigger. I add a chunk of pineapple, or cantaloupe, or old berries in the vinegar. Then sit on the counter.

I didn’t come up with the idea of using vinegar and soap to trap fruit flies, I think I read it on a forum years ago.  It’s the idea of using plastic containers I want to share.  Very small clear plastic fast food sauce containers work too for smaller traps.

The container is clear plastic and the fruit fly obviously can’t find the holes to get back out. Somehow the dish soap causes them to drown in the vinegar. It works best when you’re away and it’s the only source of food for the flies. The trap pictured above has a dozen dead fruit flies on the bottom.


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