Behold, a fruit fly trap that really works and doesn’t require a mechanical engineering degree.
With my countertops buckling under the weight of ripe produce, the fruit flies have taken noticed and returned in a flurry. Ah but I have a secret weapon, a fruit fly trap that works, one that I fashioned while adhering to two of my favorite farm practices: use what’s on hand, and make it yourself.
There are a bazillion DIY fruit fly trap instructions on the interWebs, but I’ve never found one that worked very well. Some required a scientific advisory board, NASA materials, and exotic baits, but the DIY Tall Clover Fruit Fly Trap is as simple as it is effective. And I bet dollars to doughnuts, you have the materials and skills to successfully pull this little how-to off .
How to Make a Better Fruit Fly Trap
- shallow bowl
- fresh fruit bits, scraps like apple cores, peach pits, onion peels, tomatoes
- plastic or cling wrap
- In a shallow bowl, add a few fruit scraps, stone fruit pits, and/or veggies
- Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap.
- Using a toothpick, make 2-3 holes in the middle of the plastic cover, each about the size of a grain of rice.
- Place bowl on counter where fruit flies will enter the ‘dining hall’ by following the scent, but will not be able to escape. (Insert diabolical laugh and hand wringing.)
- Empty bowl when full, rinse and repeat.
- Fresh fruit works better than vinegar in attracting fruit flies