How to Make a Better Fruit Fly Trap{30}

fruit fly trap bowl

 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 .

fruit fly bowl trapSo simple, yet so effective

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
  • toothpick


  1. In a shallow bowl, add a few fruit scraps, stone fruit pits, and/or veggies
  2. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap.
  3. Using a toothpick, make 2-3 holes in the middle of the plastic cover, each about the size of a grain of rice.
  4. 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.)
  5. Empty bowl when full, rinse and repeat.


  • Fresh fruit works better than vinegar in attracting fruit flies

fruit fly trap   So just for the record, I am smarter than a fly.