DIY Solution: Fruit Fly Trap


Come summer, doors and windows are thrown wide open, fermented goodies sit on the kitchen counter, and baskets or bowls of homegrown fruit or veggies are everywhere.

Although you counters maybe full of homegrown bounty and fermenting goodies, they are will  attract those pesky gnats or fruit flies.   Here are a couple of simple solutions.

1. Apple cider vinegar and dish soap
2. Wine bottle with a bit of wine
3. Bowl of really ripe fruit covered plastic wrap punched with holes

We use method #1.

Apple cider vinegar works as an attractant because of its strong sweet odor while the dish detergent decreases the vinegar’s surface tension. Then, when a fly touches the surface, it immediately sinks and drowns.   Bye bye, gnats!

What You Need:

    Apple cider vinegar
    Dish soap
    A jar or small bowl
    Piece of paper (optional)

What You Do:

1. Pour a cup of apple cider vinegar into a jar or small bowl.

2. Add a couple drops of dish soap to the jar.

3. Place the trap in the area where you’ve seen the fruit flies and wait for it to do its job.

For extra  measure:  Take a 8.5 x 11″ sheet of paper, make a cone and stick it in the jar.  Make sure the paper doesn’t touch the liquid.  Creates a funnel trap – gnats go down and never come back.

:: Resources ::

6 Ways to Get Rid of Gnats Naturally


  1. Sandra says:

    It was new that using Apple cider vinegar as a fly trap.But it really works well.My garden is now fly free one.Thanks for sharing this on your website.

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