Fruit flies are easy to end up with. Sometimes they seem to appear from
no where with no reason and then they multiply and before you know it
you have a problem. Getting rid of them can often seem a pain and
sometimes you think you get rid of them only to find more of them. This
is sometimes frustrating, but you can get rid of them!
Block Entrance and Don't Entice Them Closer.
You should make sure all your windows have screens. Check the screens for wholes. Use a screen door on all your doors. Make sure the door is shut and never left open. It is also a good idea to avoid bringing them close to your home. If you have a compost pile keep it several feet away from the house. Don't use manure near the house as fertilizer. Try and keep anything that might bring them close, far away from your home.
Whether your house is a disaster or fairly clean it is a good idea to go out and search for dirty areas where they may be feeding and moist areas where they may be breeding. These can be all over the house, but are often in the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Get rid of all the trash. Often fruit flies find a wide range of food options in the trash and they can even find enough moisture in there to breed.
- Clean the trash cans. The trash can can be full of
spills and left over foods that happen to get in there. Clean it out
with one cup of vinegar and hot water. This will get rid of food messes
and also any eggs that might happen to be in there.Make sure you clean all the trash cans all over the house.
rid of any over ripe fruit and stash other fruit in the fridge. While
the fridge isn't idea for your fruit, it will keep your fruit flies
from having it for breakfast.
- Clean the drains. Pour one
cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar into each of your drains.
This should include the sinks, tubs, and showers in the bathrooms as
well as the kitchen sink. This will get rid of anything that might be
multiplying down there.
- Wipe up any spills on the
counters, the stove, and the floors. You may even want to check under
the stove and refrigerator to make sure that they don't have a food
source under there.
- Clean any and all dirty dishes all over the house. Make sure
you get all the dishes and all the foods that might be around the
- Get rid of any flowers that you have in the area. Cut flowers can provide enough of a food source for fruit flies to continue to multiply and the water can make it easy to breed there as well. Get rid of flowers till you get rid of the problem.
- Launder your dish rags. Don't leave them laying in the sink where
they easily become a breeding ground. Instead make sure they are
freshly laundered and hung up so they can dry after every use.
- Do your laundry. Getting your clothes clean can also keep them
from breeding in damp laundry or munching on food that may be on your
Double Check Your Foods.
Make sure you don't have open foods laying around. Put your fruit in the fridge as well as all your condiment bottles. Check all the areas where there might be a food source for them. Your best bet is to eliminate these sources or put them in the fridge so that you can work on getting rid of the problem.
The best way to get rid of them is to trap them. There are a lot of different types of traps that you can make for effectively attacking your current population. Choose one that works best or easiest for you.
- Pop bottle trap-
To make a pop bottle trap take a plastic pop bottle and cut the lid of
at the label. Put a little enticing liquid in the bottom of the pop
bottle. This could be some left over pop, juice, wine, or balsamic
vinegar. Open the cap on the cut off portion of the pop bottle. Flip it
so that it forms a cone that leads into the bottle. Tape it using
masking tape or duct tape. The flies will be drawn to the fluid and
will get trapped into the bottle. After a night of catching flies toss
the bottle in the outdoor garbage bin. You don't want to wait longer
then over night because they will eventually start to escape.
- Bowl trap or glass trap-
Place enticing fluid into the bottom of a bowl or glass. Cover it
tightly with a piece of plastic wrap. Make sure that it is completely
smooth with no wrinkles. Attach it tightly with a rubber band (a hair
tie also works if you don't have a rubber band). Poke holes in it with
a pen or tooth pick. The flies will go into and get trapped. You can
then dump them out (make sure you kill them with water) or take them
outside to get rid of them. While it is a lot less likely that they
will escape from this trap it is possible if they are left there too
- Ziploc bag trap- Put a piece of peeled fruit
into a Ziploc bag. Close it about half way. Set it on the counter over
night. Early in the morning carefully finish zipping the bag and throw
- Wine and Soap trap- Place a little wine
in a bowl and set it on the counter. Add a drop or two of dish soap.
The wine will attract the fruit flies and the soap breaks the surface
tension so that the fruit flies will drown.
- Oven trap-
Place a piece of peeled fruit on the center of a cookie sheet. Stick
the cookie sheet in the oven and leave the door open over night. Early
in the morning shut the door and turn the oven on.
Each of these traps are effective in catching the fruit flies. You then need to determine where to get rid of them for effective eradication. You will need to do these traps every night for three or four days to make sure that you got all of the flies. If fruit flies appear after this period continue to work on getting rid of them and make sure you look for locations where they may be eating and breeding.
Fruit flies are never fun and they are even annoying. To get rid of them clean up the locations where they might be eating and breeding. Then trap the ones you are dealing with now and get rid of them. You can get rid of the pesky little critters!