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Fruit flies and gnats can be a pest this time of year. Before you reach for the apple cider vinegar and dish soap, why not try a new trick? This trap is much more pleasing to the eye!

How to Build the Best Fruit Fly Trap

Teeny tiny but oh so irritating, we’ve entered the season of fruit flies and gnats! They seem to appear overnight, hovering over the fruit bowl or any damp dishcloth. Getting rid of them is no simple feat. Of course, the easiest solution is to eat your perishables before they’re overripe and to keep everything refrigerated. Although these tiny pests seem to prefer overripe fruit, they’re just as happy to breed in trash cans, garbage disposals, mops, and in the drain. They just need a moist film of fermenting material to lay their eggs, and in no time you have an infestation. So, what can you do?

Online you’ll find endless ways to remove fruit flies and gnats. But if you’re looking for an effective remedy that only takes a few minutes to set up, while matching home decor, we have a new trick for you to try!

What You’ll Need:

Decorative paper (or plain white)
A tall glass or mason jar
A couple of pieces of fruit

Setting the Trap!

While you can use a white sheet of paper, gift wrapping or decorative scrapbook paper can improve the look of your trap. Whichever you prefer, wrap the paper into a cone shape and tape it together, leaving a small hole open at the bottom. You want to ensure it’s wide enough at the top that the paper sits about halfway down the jar and snugly fills the top (so bugs can’t get out). Essentially, this is the trap.

Now to set up the lure. Place a few pieces of fruit in the bottom of the jar and insert the cone of paper. That’s it. Now the trap is set, you just need to be patient. Attracted by the fruit, the flies and gnats will enter the jar and become trapped by the cone, unable to find the exit.

If you’re a fan of the apple cider and dish soap solution, simply swap the fruit with the apple cider mixture and raise the paper cone a bit to avoid getting wet.


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