Fruit Fly Catcher

6 May

There is an old wives trick about getting rid of fruit flies in your kitchen. The old theory goes, put a mug of apple cider vinegar out on the counter and they will be attracted to it and not your fruit. With summer rapidly approaching and all the delicious fruit sitting out on my counter, I decided it was time to give this theory of natural fruit fly catcher a try.

What you’ll need:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Small jar or cup
Funnel (and possibly tape if it doesn’t fit snug)
Fruit Fly Catcher


Let me first point out that- yes, that is one of my Moroccan Lanterns. I needed a small jar or cup and it was the best thing I could find at the time. Secondly, I need to make a point that I tried this without the funnel and it failed. While it did attract the flies, they all sat around the rim of the jar and would fly away when I got close. Thus, the funnel came about. I grabbed a piece of paper from my kitchen notepad to make the funnel- only it didn’t sit tight on my jar. The next closest thing in reach was medical tape (Why? I’m not even sure.) so I closed it off by taping the funnel around the jar. I walked away to move on with my day and test this theory. About thirty minutes later I returned to the kitchen for lunch preparations, only to take mental note that there were not obnoxious fruit flies. I had no idea how well my little contraption worked until I removed the tape and dumped out the apple cider vinegar and found all these floating fruit flies. It was both disgusting and strangely satisfying. Some positives to this method: No nasty smell (using a small jar, you really don’t smell vinegar at all!), no rotting fruit as an attractant, and no sticky pads. I’m giving this old wives tale 2 Mandy thumbs way up!
Fruit Fly Catcher

16 Responses to “Fruit Fly Catcher”

  1. Lori Hairston May 6, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Good idea!

  2. Meredith @ A TIPical Day May 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this over at Manic Monday Linky Party! I will be giving this a try! I have such a problem with fruit flies in the summer. We live in an older home and they just come right through the screens in our windows and doors. Pinning this!

  3. Lauren May 7, 2013 at 6:03 am #

    Good to know that it works! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  4. Robin May 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    My mother-in-law does this and swears by it! Thanks for sharing at Fluster’s Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  5. Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such May 8, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    What a great idea!! A much better alternative to aquiring 138 geckos!!
    Stopping by from Fluster Buster’s – have a great week!!

  6. Carolyn Burch May 8, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    I am SOOO going to do this SOON! I accidentally bought too many oranges (I picked up a bag not knowing the hubby also did the day before) so we are ALREADY starting to get the nasty critters. I love your comment “It was both disgusting and strangely satisfying” LOL

    stopping by to visit from Fluster’s Creative Muster Wednesday Linky Party
    Carolyn @

  7. krystie May 8, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Thanks for sharing this, forgot about this easy method!

  8. Iniyaal May 8, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Thank you for sharing this tip. The fruit flies hovering around my kitchen are so frustrating… I will try this, and god bless, it should work for me.

  9. heidi May 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    It’s so strange that something so simple can be so effective isn’t it?

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  10. Leslei May 9, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    What a great idea…thanks for sharing! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series – “Create It Thursday.” It’s live now!

    • Mandy May 9, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      thanks for the invite! I’m headed over now! Is this a weekly party? If so I’ll add it to my linky parties page!

  11. Thanks for the tip. They haven’t hit here yet this year, but I know they will soon. I’ve tried Apple Cider vinegar in a bowl before, but it didn’t work that well. I will have to try this small jar with a funnel trick. I hope it works as well for me as it did for you.

  12. Cathy May 12, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    Found you through 36th Avenue Party Time. Love your blog!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party.

    Please, invite your friends to party too! The more the merrier!

    Hugs, Cathy

    • Mandy May 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

      is this a weekly party? if so, i’d love to add it to my weekly linky list! Also, feel free to join my Friday party as well! 🙂

  13. Jelli May 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    I live in Costa Rica and we battle flies year-round. My husband and I have found a way to keep ants at bay, but this is the first time I’ve seen a fly-catcher of this type. I can’t wait to try it out. The flies have really been bugging us (literally!) lately, but it’s been too hot outside to keep the windows closed. Thanks so much for the tip!

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