How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

by on October 4th, 2015
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If you find yourself infested with fruit flies you are not alone. When they multiply in your house they become a hassle to get rid of, but if you follow these rules you can almost always eliminate them.

Don’t Leave Food/Garbage Out

If you want to get rid of fruit flies take away their food source. If you constantly leave out food and don’t cover your garbage you’re giving them an invitation to eat. When a fruit fly doesn’t have any food it cannot survive, so it will look elsewhere for food or die. Make sure that you take your garbage out as often as possible.

Fly Traps

Fly traps are inexpensive and effective. If you have a large amount of fruit flies in one area put a few fly traps up. You might not catch all the flies like this but if the traps are placed in a confined room you’ll catch a lot of them.

Bug Spray

If you want to kill them instantly bug spray is the way to go. Simply point then spray and they will drop like (fruit) flies. I don’t recommend using this method if the fruit flies are in a place you prepare food because the spray gets over a lot of things, so you have to be care full. You can also bug bomb your house if they’re really bad, but I wouldn’t if you have indoor pets because bug bombs can contaminate a lot of things.

Vacuum Cleaner

If you have a lot of flies in one area you can try to suck them up in your vacuum cleaner ghost buster style. Try putting out a half of a cup of orange juice, then wait awhile. The fruit flies will gravitate toward the orange juice making it easier to suck them up.

Clean Your Drains

Fruit flies love drains. Especially ones in the kitchen where dirty dishes are plentiful. Sometimes fruit flies will lay their eggs in the drains so use drain cleaner and make sure to keep your dishes clean.

Homemade Trap

You can make a simple trap with an empty two liter bottle and some orange juice. First remove the cap from the bottle and put a few inches of orange juice in the bottom (I recommend high pulp but any will work). Then cut the pouring spout off, flip it upside down and jam it back into the top of the bottle. This creates a sort of funnel trap where the fruit flies will either drown in the orange juice or can’t find their way out.


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