Bob Vila Radio: Say Goodbye to Fruit Flies with This 3-Step DIY

Here's a little trick to try the next time your kitchen gets overrun by pesky fruit flies.

Fruit flies may be tiny, but they can be a huge pain. If your arms are tired from all that swatting, here’s a homemade trap to try. Sure, it’s short on technology, but it’s long on results.

Homemade Fruit Fly Trap



Listen to BOB VILA ON HOW TO MAKE A FRUIT FLY TRAP or read below:

Start by finding yourself an empty, plastic take-out container—no lid needed. Got it? Now, cut a few slices off a piece of fruit and layer them into the bottom of the container.

Next, tear off a small sheet of plastic wrap, drape it over the top of the container, and stretch a rubber band around the rim, holding the plastic in place. Finally, with a toothpick or the tip of a small kitchen knife, punch a series of small holes in the plastic. The fruit flies can get in, but they can’t get out.

No fresh fruit in the house? No worries. Most anything sweet and fragrant will do. In a pinch, you can even use wine or beer.

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