How do I rid my house of fruit flies?

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I don't have any fruit out. They seem to congregate in my kitchen and bathroom. I have set out bowls of apple cider vinegar covered with plastic wrap with holes punched in the wrap. That has attracted the flies. Lots of them have died in the vinegar. But nothing seems to be decreasing the numbers of flies.

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  • Leisa Yeager Leisa Yeager on Feb 22, 2018
    1 cup of Apple cider vinegar place plastic wrap over the top, secure with a rubber band then take a fork poke holes in it..place where they are prominent..make as many as needed..good luck
  • Alice Alice on Feb 22, 2018
    6 Ways to Instantly Get Rid of Gnats & Fruit Flies at Home
    Article on Maintenance & Control - December 28, 2016
    A quick summary of getting rid of gnats and fruit flies.

    1) Create a trap by mixing apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dish soap.

    2)Another home-made trap is to pour leftover red wine into a jar.

    3) Mash up banana slices in a jar and cover the top with a plastic wrap.

    4)Pour bleach solution into the bathroom sink. Warning: do not mix bleach with ammonia.

    5)Use an insect fogging product if you are dealing with a large-scale infestation.

    6) Place rotten fruits into a jar to attract the gnats and fruit flies.
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Feb 22, 2018
    It sounds like they are breeding in your drains if they are mostly in the kitchen and bathroom. Check where you keep your potatoes and onions and make sure that you don't have one that is going bad. I looked everywhere in my moms place for where hers were coming from and the last place I looked was the closet she kept some of her kitchen things on a cart and her potatoes and onions in a basket. There was a bad potato in the bottom of the basket, that was just full of them. They like to hang out in moist places like the sink drains that offer up water that stays in the trap. Pour a little boiling water down the drains in the rooms where they are hanging out. Repeat this frequently, it may help reduce the number. I know they look gross, but fly strips really do help catch them. You will be surprised how many they will catch. If you have house plants check to make sure you don't have any there, and get rid of your garbage really often, they seem to be able to get into garbage cans that even seal shut. I used to have trouble with them in the garbage when I had them and went to using the grocery plastic bags that I could get rid of daily and that helped ( we don't generate a lot of garbage). I hope this helps! Keep using your bait traps anywhere they congregate until they are gone.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 22, 2018
    do you have house plants????????
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Feb 23, 2018
    Tiny flies often called fruit flies live in the drains. I use Simple Green and spray my sinks every week to prevent them and if I get fruit flies, I spray several shots daily. They will migrate from one drain to another when this happens, so spray all your drains daily for a while, until you see no more. Then use it weekly to prevent any hatching.
  • Flipturn Flipturn on Feb 23, 2018
    Nancy raised a good point about plastic grocery bags. If reused for garbage bags, then these should be changed daily, and the kitchen garbage bag holder washed frequently. Plastic grocery bags that have carried fresh fruit, fresh vegetables or worse, fresh meat, should never be stored together or all jammed up in a dark warm place. This is an invitation for fruit flies and other undesirable bacterium to breed.
  • Gail Gail on Feb 23, 2018
    Be sure to wash all fruit & produce you bring into your home, dry them & store them. Lots of those files enter the home that way. You may not even see any eggs or evidence, but they can hide where you least expect them on produce.

    I use denture effervescent tabs in my drains. Keeps them clean & smelling pleasant & including using them to clean my dishwasher & disposal.

    The absolute best & most effective bait to get rid of them I have found is the Starbar fly bait TUBES that are yellow ; about 12" long. Hang in area where u see them congregating. These fly "tube sticks" have the strongest glue & attract insects more & better than silver ones & liquid bait stations. Farm Supply stores usually carry them & you can also get them from Amazon.

    In addition to large & small files. They catch wasps of all kinds as well as both large cock roaches & small roaches. They look much cleaner when they are working than fly ribbons, hands down every day of the week. Give them a try.


  • Barbara Lautner Barbara Lautner on Feb 23, 2018
    Also, wash your home grown tomatoes as soon as you bring them in the house. They have eggs. Fruit flies multiply about the same rate as rabbits, so it will take time.
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