Fruit Fly/Gnat Trap
photo by Pam-I-Am
- Ready In:
- 3 -4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 piece of white paper
- 1 -2 drop liquid dish soap
- Pour apple cider vinegar and drop of dish soap into glass or jar.
- With the paper, make a cone with a 3/4-1" hole on the bottom. The cone should sit on the glass rim without the tip touching the vinegar. You may have to squeeze-shape the cone a bit to prevent gaps between the paper and rim.
- Every day or two, switch out the vinegar. (You'll see when it stops being as potent. The flies/gnats will stop going in.).
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Folks, I purchased some fresh fruit the other day. About two days later, I started seeing gnat looking things all over the place. Mostly near the fruit, kitchen sink, and pantry trash container which are all within a 6' radius. I read this "Fruit Fly / Gnat Trap post, went to the store and purchase the Apple cider vinegar, came home, built the trap and within 10 minutes, these gnat things were dying to get in and dying once inside. It's been about 1.5 hours since placing the trap and I'm guessing there are 50 dead gnats in the mixture and many more hanging out on the paper funnel. Works Perfectly!!!
I didn't have any apple cider vinegar on hand and I didn't want to wait to try this so I used red wine vinegar instead. As I was putting it all together about 5 gnats were already trying to get in. I also struggled with the paper a bit so I taped it in place with a few pieces of tape. The next morning I think every gnat in the house was in that jar! I will continue to use red wine vinegar from now on I think it has a stronger fruit smell than the apple cider vinegar.
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