Anyone else STILL having problems with fruit flies? Here in Oklahoma, Fall has finally arrived, but the fruit flies haven’t received their eviction notice yet.
Earlier this spring I made a this Fruit Fly Trap from Simple Saving Savvy, and it worked great. Only problem was you could see the little boogers. I, like Amanda, found a strange sort of joy at the sight of them. My husband, however, thought it was disgusting. So I set out to make a trap that would hide my body count. Here’s what I came up with:
Isn’t it pretty? Anyone who didn’t know any better would think it’s just a pretty fall decoration. (Swap out the ribbon color and flower to match your spring or summer decor.)
If you’d like to make one too, here’s what you need:
- Glass Jar (I recycled a raspberry jam jar.)
- Thick burlap ribbon. (I found mine at Walmart)
- Decorative Accent Ribbon
- Hot Glue Gun
- Floral Foam
- A silk/plastic Flower
- Plastic Wrap
- Red Wine Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
- Dish Soap
This is my first DIY post, so I probably took too many pictures, but I figure better too man that too few, right?
Step 1: Measure and cut your burlap ribbon.
Step 2 : Place a strip of hot glue on the glass and attach one end of the burlap. (leaving 1/2 unglued at the top. This will leave room to stuff the plastic wrap later.)
Step 3: Repeat the process every 2 inches until the whole glass is covered in burlap.
Step 4: Tie on your ribbon.
Step 5: Cut Floral Foam to fit and place in jar.
Step 5: Measure and cut your flower so it fits the size of your jar.
Step 6: Fill jar half way with vinegar and add 2-3 drops of dish soap.
Step 7: Cover with plastic wrap tucking the extra between the glass & burlap. Poke a hole in the middle for the flower and 1 or 2 more holes for flies to get in.
(You don’t have to do this step, but it provides an extra layer of security if a fly happens to get in but not get stuck in the soap, it will be trapped by the plastic wrap until it drops down again and does get stuck.)
Step 8: Place your flower in your new “vase,” and watch the flies come (if they haven’t started already!)
My 5 year old could not understand how this works. He said, “Papa says you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” lol. What happens is the vinegar attracts the fruit flies, and the layer of soap on the top traps them and they drown.
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