How to Use Vegemite for Fruit Fly Traps

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Fruit flies are a nuisance to gardeners and home owners alike. They feed on ripening or rotten fruits and vegetables in your home and garden, fly in your face, and drown in your drinks. They are so obnoxious that many turn to noxious insecticides to be rid of them. However, most fruit fly pesticides are ineffective on these highly-mobile insects. The best way to get rid of fruit flies is to bait a fruit fly trap. One of the most popular fruit fly lures is a Vegemite-based mixture. Place it in a store-bought or homemade trap, and your problem will soon go away.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 quart water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon Vegemite
  • 1 cup urine
  • Glass container with lid
  • Refrigerator
  • Fruit fly trap
  • Mix the water, brown sugar, yeast, Vegemite and urine in a large glass container.

  • Place the uncovered container outside to ferment for five days.

  • Place roughly 1/4 cup of the mixture (or the amount recommended by the manufacturer if store bought) in your fruit fly trap in a manner following the manufacturer's instructions (if store bought).

  • Seal the lure mixture, and place it in the refrigerator.

  • Set the trap in an infested area.

  • Replace its contents once weekly. Once you exhaust your supply of lure, or it loses its attractive properties (due to age), mix a new batch.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are many fruit fly lure models available at most home and garden centers. However, you can make your own fruit fly trap. One option is to place a paper funnel over a glass jar filled with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the Vegemite lure (or little enough so that the end of the funnel does not touch the lure). The flies will fly in through the wide mouth of the funnel but will be unable to find their way back out. Another option is to poke a few holes (no wider than 3/8 inch each) in the body of a plastic soda bottle just below the shoulder. Place 1/2 cup of the Vegemite lure into the bottom of the bottle, seal the top and hang it from a branch or other structure.

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