Frugal Fruit Fly Trap – That WORKS!

Alright, I don’t know if the monsoon rain we had in August and September is the culprit or not, but this year (late summer/early fall especially) we have seen the WORST fruit fly, mosquito and spider (my GOD, the SPIDERS!) invasion that I can remember in recent history.  The bugs have been relentless and I swear they enjoy waiting for me in every nook and cranny around here.

Then a couple of weeks ago, Biker Bob came home and was a bit too excited to tell me about the INCREDIBLE fruit fly trap idea that he heard Preston and Steve talking about on the radio.

Within minutes, he had constructed his trap.  Are you ready for this extreme simplicity?

:: Fill a glass about halfway with wine (flies are attracted by the sweet scent)

:: Cover glass with piece of plastic wrap

:: Poke a small hole in the top of the plastic wrap and set aside – for example, on a counter or windowsill.

The idea is that the flies will be attracted to the sweet scent of the wine.  They will crawl in through the hole and won’t be able to get out.

Our trap, ready to get to work!

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We sat our trap in the windowsill and went about our day.

About 20 minutes later I heard a resounding “GOT ONE!!!” coming from the kitchen – seems we had caught our first flying creature.

By the end of the day?

Well, see for yourself:

fruit fly trap 1Fruit Fly Massacre 2011

This homemade trap was clearly a winner!

Our kitchen is fly-free and we didn’t have to break the bank to get it that way.

What bug or critter catching tips do you have?