How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

To get rid of fruit flies, treatments should be applied in the kitchen and in the bathroom areas. Sanitation is a crucial component in any fly management program and there are a couple of things you can do to ensure there are no more fruit flies in the home.

How to Kill Fruit Flies

To kill fruit flies, it’s important that you locate the source. Breeding grounds include scum buildup in drains, leftover wine in wine bottles, leftover coke in soda bottles or cans, and even half empty bottles or cans of beer. Ripened fruit should be placed in an inaccessible location away from the kitchen or bathroom, and trash cans should be properly sealed with all garbage taken out each day. If you have any houseplants or flowers indoors that you water, consider removing them from the afflicted area into the garage or outdoors until the flies have been successfully removed. This will allow you to remove potential breeding grounds in an infestation, but most of your efforts should be focused on the drains. This will help you get rid of fruit flies in the kitchen and bathrooms:

  1. Run hot water into the sinks and any drains prior to using drain cleaner. This will loosen a lot of the scum.
  2. Drains should be cleaned with an anti-bacterial drain cleaner or bleach. It's best to avoid bleach if you have a septic tank.
  3. Return to the drain after 30 minutes and if possible, scrub with a brush.

Where do Fruit Flies Come From?

Fruit flies come from moist areas. Some species of fruit flies even reproduce in fecal matter, so if you have any dogs outside, it's important to make sure the yards are cleaned up. Placing tape or any adhesive across any drains at night will give you an idea of the hardest hit areas and catch a few survivors. Do you have any leaks under the sink or around the fridge? Where are you seeing fruit flies in the house? Any house plants or flowers? Any source of moisture is a source for a fruit fly infestation.

Getting Rid of Fruit Flies

To get rid of fruit flies, employ the above techniques and some of the fruit fly home remedies listed below. Sanitation is a crucial component in any fly management program. Be wary of leaks, plants, drains, recyclables, and garbage.

Fruit Fly Traps

  • There are many home remedies to trap fruit flies, but cider vinegar is usually the best at attracting them. When mixed with soap in a small cup or bowl, the density of the liquid is too much and any fruit fly that lands in it will drown.
  • Fruit flies love limes and beer. If you have either of the two (or any other fruit or vegetable), consider placing them in a cup. Cover the cup with saran wrap and poke a few holes in it – a perfect fruit fly trap.
  • Use this as a last resort. Grab some Windex and take the lid off of your garbage and wait a few minutes. When you return, there should be lots of fruit flies around the garbage bin. Give 'em all you got! Repeat a few times per day.

Fruit Fly Home Remedies

The perfect fruit fly trap is one that works. Use your creativity! Sanitation efforts combined with a few fruit fly traps will reduce the population by at least 50% in one night. Remove all house plants, garbage and recyclables. Combine with cleaning the drains and you'll have a pest free home in no time. Get rid of fruit flies for good!