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Great DIY Fruit Fly Control

August 07, 2012
Brad's Gnat Trap

Brad’s Gnat Death Trap (Photo courtesy: Brad Hole)

My friend and garden coaching client Brad recently shared this great method for fruit fly control. Brad’s an inspiring guy to work with. He raises chickens in his back yard and has urban honeybees at home and in several other locations around town. (Be on the lookout for the ‘Honey Hole’ brand of urban honey soon!) He grew Loofah in Seattle, which was a new one on me. (Brad, can I have one?) He even roasts his own coffee, and it’s delicious.  Too, Brad’s paper goods company, Guided Products, manufactures American-made, unique, recycled paper products. Really, Brad’s an innovator, and I’m glad to learn from him! And, did I mention he’s hilarious too?

Brad recommends: “Grab a glass or jar, piece of clear cling wrap, rubber band and piece of ripe fruit. Drop fruit in jar. Tightly pull down clear wrap around the top of vessel. Wrap rubber band around rim of vessel. With a pen, poke several small holes through the top of the cling wrap that the fly can barely get in. Leave in your fruit fly area. They will get in but have trouble getting out. When I see several in there, I put in the freezer to kill them and set it back out again.”

I just chopped up a peach to go with my homemade yogurt for breakfast. I realized that a bit of fruit stayed stuck to the pit. That would be the perfect piece of fruit to use for this job — otherwise, it’s headed straight for the compost heap. Fortunately, I don’t have fruit flies this season — yet. The time will come, I’m sure.

Want other ideas to control fruit flies? There’s always the option of setting out a small dish of vinegar to attract them & drown them. Or,  consider these ideas too:

Sun Dew v. Fruit Fly

Is it a Fruit Fly or is it a Fungus Gnat?

2 Comments

  1. Thanks Robin and Brad. I’ll give this a try. I shared your Fb link on the AFM page as well.

  2. Thanks for the share Kevin. I got a chance to try this while I was visiting my folks recently. We had loads of fresh fruit out & a bazillion fruit flies. The trap worked. I’ll make my holes smaller in the future, but we killed those suckers dead, fast!

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