4 Effective DIY Fruit Fly Trap Ideas

by craftmin | January 1, 2018

Having to eat healthy may have its perks for the body. But if you are having some fruits and veggies as stocks in the household, chance is good that there is more than to what you bargained for—Fruit flies. Luckily, there is way to get rid of this pesky bug by making this most effective DIY fruit fly trap.

FYI About Fruit Flies

Like most insects, fruit flies come from laid eggs. A mother fruit fly can lay as much as 300 eggs at any given time. And, like its name implies, fly fruits are attracted to decomposable goods such as a fruit or veggie, particularly rotting. It is in these places where the mother insect likes to lay its eggs.

Once it laid its eggs on a piece of rotting fruit or vegetable, it only takes a week to 13 days for the eggs to hatch and more flies to go abuzz. Common notion say that the rabbit is the specie that multiplies the fastest; in reality, fruit flies reproduce faster.

Why rid the environment of fruit flies?

With the ability to reproduce at least 200 fruit flies in just a span of almost two weeks is fast enough to clog a room full of them if neglected. If there is any sign of intrusion by this insect, the need to eradicate its presence is always imperative. That is unless you want to suffer an infestation at a massive scale.

Like most critter of its kind, fruit flies are not that hard to eliminate. Not only do these insects have little bodies to correspond their small brains, they are also quite easy to trick consequently.

But if merely tricking them to their demise is not doing you any favor, there’s also a means which require a bit of violence to do. Luckily, it does not take much effort to squish them for good when you have to.

DIY Trap #1: Your Hands

When the problem at hand is something which your literal hands can fix, you know you always have a powerful tool at your disposal. If these insects are overstaying their welcome and are not showing signs of leaving, you know it’s in your hands the solution to the problem. Your pair of hands, big or small, are strong enough to go against a flying insect such as the fruit fly.

Fruit flies are not necessarily very bright critters. When not in flight, they are busy scrounging on fermenting fruits or veggies as a habit. You can literally take them out in small groups with your hands even without them noticing it beforehand. But, that is only speaking at the best-case scenario.

Of course, there are other makeshift tools you could use for this matter aside from your hands. However, there is no denying of the effectiveness of merely using your upper extremities is also as good.

As a downside, though, going for a kill on these insects with just your bare hands can be a gruesome crime to commit. As such, this is not necessarily the “most effective” way of ridding your place of these annoying bugs.

However, it is worth noting that the methods listed in this list is not for the faint hearted. This literally applies violence towards these insects.

DIY Trap #2: Dish Soap and Apple Cider Vinegar Solution

Another option is to literally trap fruit flies in a solution they like and hate at the same time. When you mix some drops of apple cider vinegar and dish soap in a bowl, you create a mixture that appeals to fruit flies.

In reality, it is only the scent of the apple cider vinegar that attracts the insect. After all, this type of vinegar is technically a fermented fruit which these insects like. On the other hand, the dish soap at the top of the mixture is what traps them to their eventual oblivion.

While this formula may sound good in paper, in reality, this solution is not as effective in trapping innumerable fruit flies in a single container. These flies are probably bright enough not to fall in a trap which killed their fellow insects before them.

Consequently, this, too, is not the ideal means of addressing the bothersome issue of fruit flies’ invasion.

DIY Trap #3: Upside-Down Cone

Remember that I mentioned that fruit flies are not one of the brightest critters out there? This method is one proof to such a claim.

This reversed-cone trap is basically a simple way of putting an inverted cone into a container. This essentially makes it a passageway for anything small enough to pass through it. However, the only way to get back out of the container is through the same conduit itself.

This trap is not actually closed-ended if fruit flies are wise enough to backtrack their steps and get out from their trapping. Too bad for these insects, they know no such thing. Either that or you at your end has also something to do with it, like closing the probable exit for the insects.

The trick, therefore, is to attract the insects to go through it by placing a bait inside the container.

The death for these insects are not necessarily instantaneous but rather slow and possibly agonizing.

The Ultimate DIY Fruit Fly Trap

DIY Fruit Fly Trap

DIY Fruit Fly Trap | Source: Whole New Mom

If I could put a description to this fruit fly trap, the best I could come up with is that this is truly the best there is.

At the outset, this particular fly trap is at its most subtle. For the pair of human eyes, this is nothing more than just a compost full of rotting fruit peels or veggies. But for the insects themselves, this is paradise; but at the same time, their hell.

Why is this the “most effective” DIY Fruit Fly Trap?

For me, this is indeed the ultimate DIY fruit fly trap from the list because of the following reasons.

First and foremost, this trap works and with surprising efficacy. You will literally be able to get tens or more of these vexing bugs without putting much effort about it. What you do to these insects when trapped is solely at your discretion.

Secondly, this particular method is not necessarily expensive. When the cheapest fruit fly trap you can find at Amazon costs $7 to procure, this is relatively cheaper still. If you already have a compost bowl at home, the only material you will ever need is the plastic wrap which is dirt cheap in most stores. Unlike having to buy a premade fruit fly trap online, there is no waiting time required to get started on it.

Lastly, this method is truly space efficient. Why go for something bigger when you can achieve the same thing with something smaller, right?

How-To Guide

Convinced that the aforementioned method is the best DIY fruit fly trap there is? Here is a step-by-step guide in how you could set up this snare against your target insects:

  1. Make sure to have all of the following: bowl, plastic wrap, toothpick or equally sharp item, and decomposable goods.
  2. Place the decomposable goods like fruit or food items inside the bowl.
  3. Enclosed the bowl with the plastic wrap.
  4. Poke some small holes on the plastic cover to enable the air to pass through. This will facilitate the outburst of the scent coming from the rooting foods or fruits which attract the fruit flies.

The mechanics behind this trap is quite synonymous to DIY trap #3. The fruit flies will go through the trouble of entering the compost bowl through its holes but surprisingly will not be able to get out to.

Just leave this ultimate DIY fruit fly trap in its place and see the bowl piling up with insects inside it. The fate of these colony of insects you’ve trapped will subsequently fall under your judgement. Should you go for the kill and not see the same insects ever again or should you let them free so they can bother someone else? Ultimately, it is your choice.

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