DIY – Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Bugs are something you not want in your software, but surly not in your house—period. And fruit flies are especially unwanted houseguests. Sure, you can try to shoo them away, but to get rid of fruit flies for good, you’ll need a smart, long-term solution. If you think cleaning everything will get rid of these little buggers, think again. There are little effective solutions for these tiny flies!

First things first, you’ll want to start with a good, old-fashioned cleaning. Fact: Fruit flies hate clean surfaces. But if you’ve cleaned counter tops and scrubbed every surface, and you’re still seeing flies, It’s time for an engineering solution, that will eliminate them for good.

Fruit flies

Even though it seems that they just pop up out of nowhere, the truth is fruit flies are attracted to fermenting fruits and vegetables and thrive on high-fructose substances. Female fruit flies lay their eggs on the surface of or inside overripe, rotting, or decaying fruit. If you think that’s gross, brace yourself. Each female fruit fly can lay up to 500 eggs at a time! For that reason, it’s important to take action as soon as you see the very first fruit fly. After hatching, the larva feast on their surroundings (for example, a super ripe banana) for a few days before evolving into fully formed adults. Overall, their life cycle is fairly quick—fruit flies are capable of mating just two days after they become adults—which means your clean-up clock starts immediately. Pronto. No waiting.

Solution: Make a trap

I found a simple, but yet an affective solution. You do need a 3D printer to print the solution. Fly trap for Coca-Cola bottle.

Once you have printed your Fly trap, you will need a bottle, e.g. A Coca-Cola bottle.

Test if the printed Cap fits on your bottle.

When it fits, we can prepare the bottle to lure the flies in. One thing, they are crazy about are ripe banana’s. So eat your banana and use un peel in your bottle. Like the image below.

Place your bottle strategic, and within minutes you will catch your first fly!

Soon, fruit flies will flock to the fruit, making their way in through the tiny hole—but they won’t know how to find their way out.

Simple solution

If you don’t own a 3D printer, you can do it also with paper. See the instructions below 😉

Happy hunting!