3 DIY Fruit Fly Traps That Use Vinegar

3 DIY Fruit Fly Traps That Use Vinegar

You’ve got a problem with fruit flies, and you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. You can go out and buy a fruit fly trap, or you can make your own for pennies on the dollar. All you need is some white vinegar, apple cider vinegar or wine vinegar, water in a bowl or pot and something to hang above it all so that the flies can fall into the liquid below. Here are three ways to take care of those pesky little critters using household ingredients:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Take a paper plate and place it in the middle of your bowl.
  • Add apple cider vinegar over the paper plate until it covers the entire surface area, making sure to keep a few inches between the liquid and edge of the plate so that it doesn’t run into your bowl and ruin your trap!
  • Cut off two strips from a rubber band: one should be long enough to wrap around one side of your bowl, while the other should be long enough to go around both sides. Make sure they’re not too loose or tight by testing them out first! If they’re too loose, try cutting another slice off; if they’re too tight, add another slice instead (or use twine instead).
  • Wrap these strips around opposite sides where you want them secured—this will keep everything together without leaking any liquid before we get started! Next, use duct tape to seal up the rest of your bowl. Make sure you wrap a couple of layers around the edges so that nothing leaks out! You can also try wrapping it in saran wrap before adding your rubber bands and tape for extra protection if needed.

2. White Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap

  • Use a small container, like an old yogurt cup or empty egg carton.
  • Fill half up with apple cider vinegar, then fill the remaining space with water (about 1/4 cup). Add 1/8th teaspoon white vinegar and mix well to dissolve all ingredients before closing lid tightly and placing in area where you see fruit flies congregating. The flies will be attracted to the vinegar smell, and will land on the surface of the liquid before being drawn down into it. You can also try adding a drop or two of dish soap to help attract them even more! This trap should work for 2-3 weeks before needing to be replaced.

3. Soapy Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons dish soap (any kind)


  • In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, water and dish soap.
  • Pour into a container with a lid. The smaller the container, the better! This trap works best when it is half-full or less.
  • Poke holes in the lid of your jar using an awl or screwdriver handle to let air escape as you add more fruit flies to your trap.
  • Then place it in an area where there are lots of flies (such as outside). Before leaving your house with this trap unattended for too long, turn over so that liquid doesn’t collect at one end of the jar and leak out through those holes we just made!

You can make a fruit fly trap using vinegar in minutes!

Fruit flies are common pests in the kitchen. They can get into your food and contaminate it, making them a major annoyance to any home cook. Luckily, there are a few easy ways you can make your own fruit fly trap using vinegar to keep them at bay!

How long do vinegar fruit fly traps remain effective?

You should start to see results in a few hours. If you don’t, change the bait or make your trap more attractive by adding more sugar and fruit. It can take up to two days for all of the flies in your house to be attracted to your trap!

When your fly trap catches fruit flies, dispose of them by placing them in a plastic bag or container with a lid before discarding them outdoors.

If you don’t have vinegar at home, read our article on How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies Without Apple Cider Vinegar?.

If you want to catch fruit flies, should you buy or make your own trap?

It depends on how many flies you want to catch. If you just have a few fruit flies, try using a homemade trap. It’s cheaper and easier than buying an expensive fruit fly trap.

However, if you experience a large infestation of fruit flies, it’s better to buy an electric fly trap. It will attract more flies and get rid of them faster than a homemade trap.


If you want to get rid of fruit flies, make sure you know what’s attracting them in the first place. Once you find it, clean it up and take steps to prevent future infestations.

We hope you enjoyed learning about these simple, natural ways to get rid of fruit flies.