Finding fruit flies can be a difficult task especially because they are so small. With the right pointers, you will have fruit flies in a jar in no time!

Method 1 Capture Fruit Flies

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1. Put scraps of old fruit/vegetables in a large jar. No meat or dairy.

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2. Set the jar near a trash can or near a compost pile (without the lid, but make sure you’ve got one that fits tightly).

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3. Leave the jar there for several hours. Check on it every few hours. There should be a swarm of fruit flies in 3 hours or so.

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4. When you’ve got a lot of fruit flies in the jar, you’ll have to work quickly. First, snap a lid on the jar, and then turn it upright. You can then follow the directions below to culture them, or feed them right away to your pet.

Method 2 Buying Fruit Flies

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1. When buying fruit flies, choose the type of fruit fly you want, online. They come in several sizes and wingless and flightless as well. Flightless is a better choice than wingless, as wingless can revert back to the flying.

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2. When buying them, get an extra order of fruit fly media (food), bedding and culture cups.

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3. When the box comes, remove the contents. You shouldn’t have to worry about escapees, because the company will have secured them.

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4. If they are in small vials, put them in a freezer for a couple seconds, no more than ten, to slow them down a little, then pour them into a culture cup. They breed in the vials, but it’s not recommended: they will over-crowed and die.

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5. Pour the fly food into a culture cup, adding the amount of water the package instructs you to. Fill the cup up 1/4 full, maybe a little more, and this lasts about a month or so. If you use “Organix” remember to add the mold inhibitor.

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6. After assembling your culture cup, add the flies you bought/caught.

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