How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies – Easy DIY Traps to Kill Fruit Flies at Home

Fruit Flies

There aren't many situations as annoying as having hordes of fruit flies buzz around your face, especially during the summer season. Fortunately, you don't have to suffer from these flies forever. There are plenty of quick and effective remedies you can follow to get rid of the fruit flies. Here are our top picks.

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Terro Fruit Fly Trap

Use Terro Fruit Fly Traps

Buy at least two packs of the Terro Fruit Fly trap and place them in the room where the infestation is spreading. These traps contain non-staining lures that are irresistable for adult flies. The apple design also makes this trap less of an eye-sore.

Wine Bottle

Trap the Flies with Vinegar

Both apple cider vinegar and white vinegar will work for this fruit fly trap, although people have mentioned that apple cider vinegar tends to be a bit more effective. It’s a simple yet effective trap because the fruit flies won’t be able to resist the smell of the vinegar. All you will need is a plastic bowl, vinegar, dish soap, and a plastic wrap.

Fly Gel Treatment

Suffocate the Flies with Gel Treatment

The fruit flies won't go away even if you manage to swat away a few of the adult flies. It's more important to tackle the breeding ground, which could often be the kitchen or bathroom drains. We suggest using the Green Gobbler formula, which is non-caustic and non-corrosive so it's safe to use for pipes and septic systems. It also uses natural ingredients (citronella oil) as one of the active ingredients.

Yellow Traps

Set Up Yellow Sticky Traps

Get your hands on a pack of yellow stick traps and hang them next to areas where fruit flies are spotted. The color and scent of these sticky traps are designed to attract a variety of insects including fruit flies, gnats, and whiteflies.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Pour Hydrogen Peroxide Solution Down the Drain

Kitchen and bathroom drains can be common breeding grounds for fruit flies. You can get eliminate the drain flies by pouring hydrogen peroxide solution down the drain. We suggest mixing 1-part hydrogen peroxide with 4-part water. Be consistent and pour the solution down the drain at least once a day until you start seeing results.

Wine Bottle

Set up a Wine Bottle Trap

Do you love drinking wine? Well, if you have some stale wine bottles lying around then this method offers an alternative to the homemade vinegar trap. Place a few drops of dish soap in the wine bottle and watch the flies dive right in.

Fly Light Traps

Attract and Kill Flies with a Light Trap

Suffering from other flying insects in addition to the swarm of fruit flies? Fortunately, flying insects, in general, have one major weakness, which is being attracted to a certain type of UV light. You can grab one of these light traps and place them near the problematic area. The flies will make their way to the trap and eventually get stuck on the special glue board.

What Causes Fruit Flies in the House?

Using any of the above methods will be pointless if you don’t understand what’s causing the fruit flies to begin with. As we would say for any pest problems, prevention is the most effective form of elimination. Here are the most common reasons for fruit flies.

Presence of Rotting Fruits

There’s a good chance that there are some fruits or vegetables left in the open that have started to rot. As their name implies, fruit flies tend to be most common in homes where there is a supply of fruits that they can feed of off. We suggest you clear away any food items in the kitchen that is showing the slight signs of rotting.

Also, scope out your whole house and make sure you discard any leftover foods that have not been stored away properly. Any food you don’t want to discard should be stored in tightly-sealed containers or wrapped and stored in the refrigerator. Taking these steps will also prevent the appearance of other household pests like roaches and ants.

Open-Top Trash Cans

Homes with open-top trash cans are more likely to be affected by fruit flies due to the food waste odor that starts to leech into the house. We strongly recommend getting a bin with a lid that can be tightly-sealed when closed.

It may also help to get a smaller bin so that you would be discarding the trash more regularly. You don’t want the food waste to linger in the bin for too long as the decaying process will unleash an unforgettable smell in your house.

Moist and Damp Environments

Household pests like fruit flies are also attracted to moist environments. Make sure there are no unnecessary leaks in the house by checking the water pipes in the bathroom and kitchen. You should also make sure the electrical appliances, like the fridge and air conditioner, are in good condition.

Common Questions About Fruit Flies

In addition to the common causes of infestations at home, the following information will help you further on your fight against the fruit fly infestation.

How Long Can Fruit Flies Live Without Food?

The good news is that a fruit fly can’t live without food given how short their life cycle is to begin with. They may only survive for up to three or four days without food, which is why it’s so important to clear away any source, such as leftover food, that may encourage the development of fruit flies.

Why Are Fruit Flies Bad?

The presence of these tiny flying insects may potentially be a health risk so it’s in your best interest to trap and eliminate them as soon as possible. Past research suggests that fruit flies are capable of transferring diseases and food-borne pathogens, meaning it’s important to get rid of any food in the kitchen that gets contaminated by the flies.