How to kill fruit flies: Easy fly trap tutorial

I’ve got a random tutorial and fun video to share today, in case someone else out there happens to get terrorized by the tiny pests known as fruit flies.

A few weeks ago I had them swarming in my house and not a clue where they came from. I mean obviously they’re attracted to fruit, but we didn’t have any old fruit, and even when I got rid or all the fresh produce they still seemed to linger.

Finally I looked up how to kill fruit flies, and found some interesting ways to make fly traps. With a little trial, error, and tweaking I found what I think is the perfect way to kill fruit flies naturally.

An easy photo and video tutorial for killing fruit flies naturally using household items. Get rid of those pests for good!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A cup/bowl/container of some sort

Apple cider vinegar

Dish soap

Cling wrap


A small piece o fruit for good measure


1. Pour apple cider vinegar in the bottom of the cup. Just enough to have a layer at the bottom.

2. Add a tablespoon of dish soap to the vinegar.

3. Cover the top of the container with cling wrap.

4. Poke holes in the cling wrap using the tip of the toothpick. You won’t need to make the holes bigger than the tip of the toothpick. Those little beasts can squeeze though just fine and if the holes are too big they’ll be able to fly back out.

You’re done! Here are the nasty results:An easy photo and video tutorial for killing fruit flies naturally using household items. Get rid of those pests for good!

Here are the directions in video form. Excuse my noisy kids in the background.

I caught all of those nasty beasts and the picture isn’t pretty. Actually it’s gross and awesome at the same time. Mission accomplished!

Let me know how it works for you, and share with your friends who need to know!

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Ruth says:

I was literally just about to look this up this morning… They’re everywhere!!! Lifesaver. Thank you!

Happy to be of assistance 🙂

James Oliver says:

We did this last week with orange juice. Worked great too.

Stefany says:

I, unfortunately, need this. *sigh*

Do this and they’ll be gone before you know it! 🙂

Granpa says:

Why the plastic wrap? I’d think the fruit flies would land in the solution without the wrap?!

Good question! I’m not sure how long it takes for the soapy vinegar poison to set in, if they die instantly or what. So I guess it’s just an extra barrier to keep them from getting back out 🙂

Yaz says:

Hi! 🙂 Randomly found you blog and came across this,your most recent post. What a coincidence coz I have been going mental with them in my house!! They really do get into the smallest of gaps…..there was once flying in my babies beaker after it crawled through he spout!! o
Deffo trying this, cant believe how many of the little feckers it got!!

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Crystal says:

Thank you so much for this! These little pests are driving me insane! Will be doing this immediately!

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