A Fruit Fly Trap that Works!

This is not a glamorous post...

We have Fruit Flies!!!

We get them every year....

They come in with the bananas

and they stay and they multiply!

Did you know... 

Now you do.

And here is how you can get rid of them...

At least until you buy bananas again.

I rolled up a piece of paper leaving a tiny hole at the bottom of the cone and placed it in a Mason jar. 

Make sure it is a tiny hole so they can not climb back out.

Label this contraption so your family knows what it is :)

Drop a piece of... you guessed it, banana inside the jar.

Be sure to tape the jar along the edge. 

These fruit flies are very smart and will try to get out.

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By the next morning you will have this in the jar...

You may also see a bunch of fruit flies gathered on the edge of the cone. 

I have yet to decide if they are trying to save their friends or are just the smarter ones.

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Hundreds of them!

Now you ask... what do I do next? 

Do I leave them in there to die and potentially get set free by a soft hearted teen? 

Do I set them free outside? (With my luck they will swarm back in the open door)

Actually I put the whole jar on the deck hoping they will die or freeze in the jar. 

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And now my house is almost fruit fly free!

Try it, it works!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Susan...I have an easier method of trapping/killing fruit flies!...Pour about a quarter of a cup, of apple cider vinegar, into a glass jar...add a teaspoon of liquid dish detergent to the vinegar...stir...that's it!...The fruit flies will try to drink the vinegar and drown in it!...Works great and is quick and easy to make!

    1. Thanks Sharon! I will try that too. Luckily I got rid of most of them but if I see any more I'm on it!

  2. I Love this and you are hilarious!!!! Thank you!

    1. Thanks Juan! Glad I entertained you and got rid of your fruit flies :)

  3. I usually just use a narrow mouthed bottle and put vinegar in it but I noticed this year that they were really attracted to yogurt so I put a bit in the bottom, also. I like your idea as it narrows the space much better. I think they are all gone now...thank heavens. Too many this year.

    1. Soooo many this year Karen! Hopefully they are gone now. I will let you know when I have a glass of wine, that is where they like to swim :)

  4. I wonder if just submerging or washing the bananas good with fruit wash would get rid of the eggs/larvae enough to prevent the problem in the first place?

    1. Maybe Eva :) I wonder what is in those washes though...


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