Easiest Fruit Fly Trap to get rid of Fruit Flies

5 Simple Ways to control fruit flies:

How to get rid of fruit flies? Just build a simple fruit fly trap. All you need is a bottle, paper to make a funnel, a piece of tape, and some bait. The bait can be anything that draws fruit flies; a little vinegar or just a slice of fruit are the easiest things to use.

Fruit flies are not pretty. No one wants fruit flies in the kitchen, but they love kitchens! Or at least they love things in the kitchen. What kinda things? Anything sweet, or rotten, or fermented; basically anything smelly. Even if you can’t smell it, they can.

1) Make a fruit fly trap! Don’t wait until there are lots of fruit flies. Make a fruit fly trap right away. Fruit flies reproduce quickly, so nip the problem in the bud.

2) Keep over-ripe fruit and vegetables in the fridge.

3) Wipe down food prep areas after every use.

4) Empty your garbage regularly, and keep perishable garbage bagged and in the fridge.

5) Keep your recyclables clean. Dirty cans and bottles attract flies, especially soda and alcohol containers.

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doesn’t a wine bottle make a classier trap?

How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap

To make a fruit fly trap, you’ll need a bottle. Any bottle will do, but I prefer a darker bottle; it just looks classier.

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Use a little vinegar or slice of fruit to draw fruit flies.

Place a little vinegar in the bottle, just enough to cover the bottom.
Construct a funnel using a magazine page. Put a piece of tape at the bottom of the funnel to hold it in place.

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Make a loooong funnel to go deeeeep into the bottle, this will prevent fruit flies from escaping.

The funnel should be long and narrow. You want the end of the funnel to go deep into the bottle; this will prevent the flies from getting out.
Push the funnel into the bottle and set the bottle in a corner out of the way.
Fruit Flies will be drawn to the vinegar and become trapped in the bottle.
It’s simple and effective.
Once you’ve caught some fruit flies, you can do whatever you want with them, cause that’s the law of the jungle.

And check out another kitchen tip: 5 Common Uses For Baking Soda


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  1. Hi Chef Buck- I have written to you before regarding your website (and discussed your Indian dish Chicken Tikka Masala). Okay, I had written asking if you could come up with a recipe for Mushroom Mutter. This is how they spelled it on the buffet window at the restaurant I go to. Well, turns out after picking up a carryout menu, they call it Mushroom Mattar Makhani. Haven’t looked for it with this new spelling in my Indian cookbook yet, but sure couldn’t find it with the other name. If sometime you decide to “give it a try cooking it, I’ll let you know what I think”. By the way, did the vinegar the way you did it last year, and it worked!! Next time my husband and I polish off a bottle of wine, I’ll use that bottle. I do a lot of canning in the summer, and already have the little suckers hanging around. Just introduced another client to you today. She says she likes the simplicity of the way you put a dish together. Showed her the Stuffed Jalapeno and Making Sushi videos to her. We were laughing so hard, we were practically crying. I needed that. Love Camera Girl’s dry wit”. Thanks so much for your videos.

    • You’re super kind with the comment, and I appreciate you watching the videos. I haven’t made mushroom mattar before, but I have made gobi mattar, which is one of the recipes I have up on this website. In fact I’m going to make some gobi mattar today, along with some channa masala and a little mango curry. I’ve never made the mango curry before either; I don’t cook with a lot of fruit in non-dessert dishes, so I’m curious to see what it’s like.

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