How do I get rid of fruit flies?

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 16, 2018

    Hi jo,

    They probably came in on your fresh produce, so when you bring that home wash it and reftigrate it, with the exception of bananas, just wash well. This will end the population of eggs existing on the produce.

    Next, add baking soda to your drain (s), add white vinegar and when the fizzing stops, rinse with a good amount of hot water.

    You can also take a sticky cardboad trap, put a small piece of fruit on it, they will land in the sticky part and stay put.

    The other hometalker suggestions

    are effective too.

    Good luck to you.

  • Annie Annie on Nov 16, 2018

    Of course, try to find out the source of the infestation. Put some apple cider vinegar in a cup and add a few drops of dish soap to it. This will attract them.

  • Melissa Dudek Melissa Dudek on Nov 16, 2018

    We constantly keep a small container (I use one of the cup/lids from liquid laundry detergent) full of vinegar and dish detergent. I have to change it frequently it draw so many flies

  • Chris Keating-Ingelse Chris Keating-Ingelse on Nov 17, 2018

    I had a really bad infestation this year, too, so I feel your pain! I bought a pack of fruit fly traps (for $8!) only to find out the apple cider vinegar and dish soap trick afterwards. You only need a couple of drops of dish soap (any kind will do) but be sure to gently stir it in. It's the surfactant that's needed, and you don't want bubbles. The vinegar attracts the flies and the dish soap (surfactant) breaks the surface tension of the liquid to drown the little pests. Don't use a bowl with a lip or they'll just stand on the lip and not take the plunge- another lesson learned the hard way. After that failure, we used a small glass ramekin. A juice glass would do, too.

    And, of course, I now always soak my fruit in the kitchen sink and then put it in a colander (for air flow) in the fridge (except bananas- they turn brown in the fridge).

    Hope this helps! Good luck!

  • Kathy Hord Kathy Hord on Nov 17, 2018

    A silly question... Are they in your Bathroom? The look like Fruit Flies ? If this is the case squirt some liquid dish deteregent into your tub/ shower drain. Pour very hot/boiling water into the drain. This will kill the bugs and their eggs. Also do this in your bathroom sink drain. You’d think water going down the drains would kill them. The soap and Very Hot water does the trick. Even if you don’t see them in another bathroom or wash room do the same process there also.

  • Jo Fenn Jo Fenn on Nov 18, 2018

    Thank you for all the help. I seem to be temporarily rid of the little bothersome bugs. The vinegar seems to work well.

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