I can’t be the only person out there who absolutely can’t stand fruit flies. In my house, they just seem to pop up out of nowhere! I’ve been making this apple cider vinegar DIY fruit fly trap almost daily and it has helped a LOT. Feel free to give it a try and let me know if it helps you too!

Apple Cider Vinegar for Fruit Flies – It Really Gets Them!

Make no mistake, once you try this homemade fruit fly trap, you’ll never go back to old fly traps ever again. I love how this contains no insecticides or harmful ingredients. It’s just apple cider vinegar and liquid dish soap!

Apple Cider Vinegar Diy Fruit Fly Trap

What You’ll Need

  • Apple Cider Vinegar– Fruit flies are absolutely drawn to apple cider vinegar. They love the fermentation and will do anything to get to this fermented and fruity vinegar.
  • Mason Jars– Any size will do, but my favorite for diy fruit fly traps are either the 16oz or 32oz mason jars (both wide mouth and regular mout work well).
  • Plastic Wrap– Any type of plastic wrap will work.
  • Parchment Paper– If you’re going to make the funnel fruit fly trap, you’ll need some parchment paper. Just the normal kind found at any grocery store will work great. If you only have cling wrap, just make that type of diy trap. They both work just as good!
  • Old Fruit (optional)– I have been making these apple cider vinegar fruit fly traps for a very long time, and I have found over the years that the best way to attract them into your mason jars is by also including a small piece overripe (or rotten) fruit at the bottom of the jar in the apple cider vinegar. This REALLY drives the fruit flies crazy and makes them even more likely to enter the trap to get at the fruit.

Do DIY Fruit Fly Traps Really Work?

YES! I have been using them for over a decade. Just make sure to place them near your produce or a hot spot where they’re always at, and you’ll be amazed with how many fruit flies end up in your jar.

Making them is also incredibly easy. See how in the recipe below.

Apple Cider Vinegar Diy Fruit Fly Trap

Apple Cider Vinegar Diy Fruit Fly Trap

Apple Cider Vinegar Diy Fruit Fly Trap

5 from 1 vote

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap

The easiest diy apple cider vinegar fruit fly trap you can make that really works.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 trap


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp liquid dish soap
  • 2 jars
  • plastic wrap
  • parchment paper


  • Divide the apple cider vinegar and liquid dish soap between two jars.
  • Wrap the top of one jar with clingfilm and punch a few holes in it.
  • Set aside. 
  • Take the sheet of parchment paper and make a funnel or cone shape. 
  • Place the funnel into the opening of the jar. 
  • Place fruit fly traps in an open area on a flat surface.


Add a piece of overripe or rotten fruit to the bottom of the jar. The fruit flies won't be able to resist it!
Like this recipe?Leave a comment and review below!

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Emma Kelly

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  1. 5 stars
    If you’ve never tried a diy fruit fly trap before, you absolutely need to. They work like a charm, are incredibly cheap to make with things you most likely already have in your kitchen, and last for a very long time.

    As noted above, make sure to add a small piece of over ripe or rotten fruit to the bottom of the jar with the apple cider vinegar. Fruit flies won’t be able to resist them!