Eating healthy may have its perks for the body, but if you are have a lot of fruits and veggies in your household, chances are you’ll get more than you bargained for—Fruit flies. Luckily, there are many ways to get rid of this pesky bug by making these most effective DIY fruit fly traps.
FYI About Fruit Flies
Like most insects, fruit flies come from laid eggs. A mother fruit fly can lay as many as 300 eggs at any given time. As its name implies, fly fruits are attracted to decomposable goods such as a fruits or veggies. It is in these places where the mother insect likes to lay its eggs.
Once it lays its eggs on a piece of rotting fruit or a vegetable, it only takes a week to 13 days for the eggs to hatch and more flies to go abuzzing. Common notion suggests that the rabbit is the species that multiplies fastest;but fruit flies reproduce even faster.
Why rid the environment of fruit flies?
The ability to produce 200 fruit flies in the span of two weeks is fast enough to clog a room if neglected, so if there is any sign of intrusion by this insect, you need to eradicate its presence. That is unless you want to suffer an infestation on a massive scale.
Like most critters of its kind, fruit flies are not that hard to eliminate. As these insects have little bodies, they also have small brains. This means they are also quite easy to trick.
But if merely tricking them to their demise is not doing helping, there’s also a way which require a bit of more violence. 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 have a powerful tool at your disposal. If these insects are overstaying their welcome, the solution is in your hands. Your hands, big or small, are strong enough to fight a flying insect such as the fruit fly.
Fruit flies are not very bright critters. When not flying, they are busy scrounging fermenting fruits or veggies so you should be able to take them out in small groups with your hands, without them noticing beforehand. But, this is only the best-case scenario.
Of course, there are other makeshift tools you could use for this – aside from your hands. There is no denying the effectiveness of merely using your upper extremities but going for the kill 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 here are not for the faint hearted.
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. If 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. On the other hand, the dish soap at the top of the mixture traps them for their eventual oblivion.
While this formula may sound good on paper, in reality, this solution is not as effective for trapping innumerable fruit flies in a single container. The flies are probably bright enough not to fall for a trap which has killed their fellow insects before them.
Consequently, this too is not the ideal means of addressing the bothersome issue of a huge 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 proof to the claim.
This reversed-cone trap is a simple way of putting an inverted cone into a container, making it a passageway for anything small to pass through it. However, the only way to get out of the container is through the same conduit.
This trap is not actually closed-ended – if fruit flies are wise enough to backtrack their steps, they can get out from their trapping. Too bad for these insects, they know no such thing. .
The trick, therefore, is to attract the insects by placing bait inside the container.
Death for these insects are not necessarily instantaneous but rather slow and possibly agonizing.
The Ultimate DIY Fruit Fly Trap
If I could add a description for this fruit fly trap, the best I can come up with is that it is truly the best there is.
From the outset, this particular fly trap is at its most subtle. To the pair of human eyes, it is nothing more than just a compost full of rotting fruit peels or veggies. But for the insects themselves, this is paradise; and, at the same time, their hell.
Why is this the “most effective” DIY Fruit Fly Trap?
For me, this is the ultimate DIY fruit fly trap from the list because of the following reasons.
First and foremost, this trap works with surprising efficacy. You will be able to get rid of tens or more of these vexing bugs without putting in too much effort. What you do with these insects once trapped is solely at your discretion.
Secondly, this particular method is not expensive. Although the cheapest fruit fly trap you can find at Amazon costs $7, this is cheaper still. If you already have a compost bowl at home, the only material you will 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 before you can get started on it.
Lastly, this method is truly space efficient. Why go for something bigger when you can achieve the same effect with something smaller, right?
Convinced that this method is the best DIY fruit fly trap there is? Here is a step-by-step guide for how you can set up this snare for your target insects:
- Make sure to have all of the following: bowl, plastic wrap, toothpick or equally sharp item, and decomposable goods.
- Place the decomposable goods inside the bowl.
- Enclose the bowl with the plastic wrap.
- Poke some small holes into the plastic cover to enable the air to pass through. This will also facilitate the flow of the scent coming from the rooting foods or fruits which attracts the fruit flies.
The mechanics behind this trap are quite similar to DIY trap #3. The fruit flies will go to the trouble of entering the compost bowl but surprisingly will not be able to get out.
Just leave this ultimate DIY fruit fly trap in place and watch the bowl pile up with insects inside it. The fate of the colony of insects you’ve trapped will subsequently fall under your judgement. Should you go for the kill, or let them free so they can bother someone else? Ultimately, it is your choice.