How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies In Your Home

Posted on: 20 January 2016

Those pesky little flies you see in your home may seem harmless enough, but if left alone, they can get out of control. Soon enough they'll be everywhere, including floating around in your cup of coffee. This is definitely not something you want to happen. You can get rid of those fruit flies yourself with just a few household items. See below for helpful tips on how to banish fruit flies from your home. 

Get Rid Of Fruit

Those fruit flies are probably floating around your bananas, tomatoes or other produce sitting on your kitchen counter. Find a new place to store them such as in the refrigerator or in an air-tight container, at least until you can get rid of these pesky insects. 

Clean Your Drains

Those fruit flies aren't just attracted to your fruit, they can also be living and breeding in your drains. All that gunk that accumulates in your drains create a breeding ground for fruit flies. You need to clean your drains to get rid of their eggs and nests. To get rid of the gunk, slowly pour about a half gallon of boiling water down your drain trying to keep the water to the sides of the drain pipe. Then use a cup of bleach and slowly pour it down your drain, also keeping it to the sides of the drain pipe. Do this for every drain pipe in your home, including floor drains. Repeat this process after 24 hours if you still have fruit flies coming from the drain. 

Trap The Flies You Have

For those flies still in your home, you can catch them using fly traps or tape, or you can create a mixture to attract the flies and trap them. Take 1/4 cup of vinegar and pour it into a glass. Then add a drop of dish soap to the vinegar. Flies will be attracted to the vinegar, but the soap will kill the flies. Clean out the glass and make up a new mixture to attract more flies, if you still have any.

To prevent fruit flies from invading your home, be sure to throw out any rotten fruit that is sitting out on your counter, keep your home clean and free of garbage, keep indoor composting bins securely closed, clean your drains often and be sure to keep doors and windows closed to keep insects from coming in.  

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Emory Brantley & Sons Termite and Pest Control.