Marsha Gardner Recipe

Fruit Fly Catcher

By Marsha Gardner mrdick1950

Recipe Rating:
Cooking Method:
No-Cook or Other

Marsha's Story

Hate those pesky little flies that breed worse than rabbits around ripening fruit or your trash can? Here is an easy remedy.


beer or cider vinegar
drops liquid dish soap
mason jar with holes poked in the lid

Directions Step-By-Step

Pour some beer, it works best, or cider vinegar in a mason jar. Add a few drops to the top of liquid. Dish soap drowns the flies faster.
If you don't want to look at the drowning flies, wrap the mason jar in a pretty scrapbook paper to match your kitchen

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American

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Susan Feliciano frenchtutor
Aug 17, 2013
You put just one drop of the dish soap into the jar with the cider vinegar. It breaks the surface tension on the vinegar and prevents the flies from using it as a landing pad for take off.
Lisa Nicometi Garrow Pantry Cleaner 2sweetinc
Aug 10, 2013
Ok have the cider vinegar, what I dont understand is the soap. Hope I dont sound dumb! :/
Marsha Gardner mrdick1950
Jan 31, 2013
I bought mine. But you can make them with empty soda bottles, here is a link.
Susan Feliciano frenchtutor
Jan 26, 2013
I'd like to see how a wasp catcher works. Do you make it out of a soda bottle, or is it something you buy? We are bothered by wasps all summer long.