{Easy & Effective} Fruit Fly Trap

I’ve seen all sorts of contraptions with paper cones and tape, but sometimes simple is just as effective. When the fruit flies are swarming, this is all you need to drown them to their demise.

Apple Cider Vinegar + Dish Soap = Frugal Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit Fly Trap

There you have it.  Just pour some vinegar and squirt some soap.  Instant deadly attraction! (I even caught a big fly in my most recent batch!) Leave your mixture out for several hours or overnight to entice the pesky flies. In the meantime, get rid of their fruity temptation.


This post was originally published on September 4, 2008.

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  1. Yes! It worked for me too! Yeah for an easy way of ridding the little pests! It’s also nice to know I’m not the only one on the front lines against fruit flies!
    Way to go!

  2. How cool! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  3. hummm…wonder if just white vinegar would work??!! I got fruit flies too and only white vinegar!

    Thanks for sharing your tactical battle plan!

    • I’ve used white vinegar and while it’s not quite as effective, it works too! Use that until you get some apple cider vinegar- that works better because they’re drawn to the more fruity smell.

  4. Wonderful! Thank you!
    Michele 🙂

  5. Yeah, I tried this too, and it worked pretty well!

  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I cannot for the life of me get rid of them since an unfortunate incident with some old forgotten bananas several weeks back.

  7. thanks, thanks, thanks, I HATE fuirt flies with a passion thanks you for helping me get rid of them

    have a nice day, I know i will!


  8. This is awesome. With our juicer not always getting cleaned right away (it’s like my least favorite job), fruit flies definitely get out of hand.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog:) look forward to reading more of your posts.

  9. I’ve done it with red wine vinegar, but A/C vinegar is cheaper…and I never thought of adding dishsoap! Thanks, I’m definitely going to do this!

  10. Awesome I’ve been having the same problem and we tried a few things but not that one. Can’t wait to try. Thank you

  11. THIS IS AWESOME! I’m trying it right away. The fruit flies have been driving me CRAZY.

  12. Ironically, I just googled this a couple hours ago! We unfortunately, have our first fruit fly infestation. They even moved themselves to the Master Bath! Blech. I think they originated from some onions from Aldi. I have a glass of your mixture in the kitchen and bath…after the first hour it was already working well. I have cleaned the drains/trash and put all food in refrigerator. Hoping they will vacate soon!

  13. Have been doing this each summer as we get into garden season. The only difference between your recipe and mine is I use just a small dab of dish soap. No need to use so much–you need just a touch of the dish soap in order to break the surface tension of the ACV. I actually only put a very small dab of soap on my fingertip and swirl it around a few times. in the ACV. Works like a charm.

  14. Sigh… I’ve had dishes of this out for TWO MONTHS and I still have few flying round. The worst part is when they hang out on the rim of the dish. It’s like they’re mocking me. 😉

  15. I just came home to a swarm of fruit flies around my sink (with no fruit in sight!?) but I immediately searched your site because I remembered reading this awhile back. I hope to wake up to a fly-free kitchen 😉 Thanks Amy!!


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