How to get rid of fruit fly in an apartment at home

How To Keep Fruit Flies Out Of Your Apartment This Summer

While fresh fruit is a welcome addition to anyone’s kitchen, those horrible little fruit flies that sometimes hitch a ride on your bananas? Not so much. If you’re at a loss as to how to get rid of those darn, diminutive things, you’re not alone — but getting rid of fruit flies can be a little tricky. After all, as long as humans have been noshing on fruit, we’ve been dealing with fruit flies, and hacks for getting those things out of the kitchen can be downright creative, and even, at times, kinda weird. But weird is OK as long as the hack works, right?

Fruit flies, also called vinegar flies, can lay up to 500 eggs on the surface of your fresh produce, according to Real Simple, and Apartment Therapy notes that as soon as you eliminate one crew of fruit flies, the next is up-and-coming — because those critters proliferate at a pretty alarming rate. Real Simple further notes that the life cycle of a fruit fly is fast; once a female lays her eggs, they hatch within 24 hours, and it takes less than two weeks for baby flies to reach full adulthood. The lifespan for an adult fruit fly is also about two weeks. In addition to laying eggs on your ever-ripening bananas, female fruit flies lay their eggs in garbage bins, drains, and those empty cans and bottles you’ve got set out for recycling, so in order to get those guys out of your kitchen, you need a multi-pronged approach. Check out these seven simple ways to keep fruit flies out of your apartment this summer.

1. Locate The Source Of The Infestation

First thing’s first: figure out where these little pests are coming from. Healthline recommends throwing out any rotting or overripe produce, and clean up the area thoroughly. You may want to clean out your trash and recycling bins — fruit flies love to buzz around old beer and wine bottles and cans, so don’t let those pile up. Fruit flies are drawn to sweet, fermenting liquids, and damp, warm places, so make sure to keep sinks, drains, and trash and recycling areas clean.

2. Set Out Homemade Traps

The Old Farmer’s Almanac suggests that while you can buy fly traps at the store, homemade traps can also be super efficient for ridding your kitchen of pesky fruit flies. Try filling several glasses with apple cider vinegar about two thirds of the way full (you can also use old beer or wine) with a smidge of dish soap stirred in. Then tightly wrap the top of the glasses with plastic wrap, and secure each one with a rubber band. After that, poke about ten holes in the plastic wrap on each glass, and set them out in spots around your home and kitchen where fruit flies like to congregate; they’ll be drawn in by the smell of the vinegar, shimmy in through the holes in the plastic wrap (make sure the holes are large enough for this), and drown in the vinegar solution, while the dish soap kills off any eggs.

3. Attend To Your Compost, People

If you compost food scraps in your kitchen instead of sending them to the landfill, good for you! But you know that along with saving the earth, you may be attracting more fruit flies into your midst. Apartment Therapy recommends refrigerating any compost scraps you’ve got stored in the kitchen, and it’s probably not a bad idea to keep them in a tightly lidded container before tossing out, too.

4. Don’t Leave Produce Out

The Old Farmer’s Almanac recommends that all ripening or overripe fruits, and produce like potatoes, onions, and other veggies, should be kept in the fridge, in order to avoid attracting fruit flies. Lady fruit flies will also lay eggs in ripening fruit and produce, so. gross. Put those babies in the fridge stat.

5. Watch Out For Damp Areas

Fruit flies are drawn to damp, warm areas — like garbage bins, sinks, drains, and leaky pipes, so keep these places in your apartment as dry as you can. Also make sure to keep all kitchen food storage spots clean and dry, and pitch your garbage and recycling even *before* they get full.

6. Clean Up Those Dirty Dishes

Any food scraps lying around your kitchen are fair game for fruit flies, so make sure to wash your dishes as soon as you’re done with them. It may take a little discipline if you’re not the super-tidy type, but cleaning up those dishes right after eating can help keep fruit flies at bay.

7. Enlist The A >

When all else fails, you can hire an exterminator to rid your apartment of a particularly stubborn fruit fly situation — just keep in mind that exterminators can be pricey, and the chemicals they use can be dangerous for pets, so proceed at your own discretion.

Keeping your home free of fruit fly infestations this summer doesn’t have to be costly or super complicated. With a few simple hacks, you can hit up the farmer’s market to your heart’s content — without those little critters coming along for the ride.

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February 28, 2018

Where do fruit flies come from?

Fruit flies can easily get into your apartment when you open a door or window, but they only breed in areas that have moisture and fermentation. Despite their name, fruit flies aren’t just attracted to ripening fruit or veggies. They can also breed inside your garbage disposal, inside wet mops, or even in your trash can—they’ll find empty bottles with traces of liquid inside. Ugh!

How do you get rid of fruit flies?

So, what can you do if your kitchen is crawling with tiny fruit flies? To save your sanity, you’ll need a homemade trap to get rid of them, and FAST.

Make your fruit fly trap

  1. Grab a jar or glass, and pour in some cider vinegar, wine, or orange juice—just enough to cover the bottom.
  2. Add a drop of dish soap.
  3. Seal the top of your jar or glass with plastic wrap.
  4. Use a needle to poke tiny holes in the wrap. This way, those annoying little fruit flies will fly in when they’re attracted to the liquid, but the plastic wrap keeps them from escaping into your apartment again.

Keep fruit flies from returning

Once you get rid of the fruit flies that were already in your apartment, it’s time to do some work to prevent them from coming back.

  1. Keep things clean: A thorough apartment cleaning and some routine maintenance (like washing your wet cleaning rags!) can make them less likely to take up residence in your apartment. Keep your apartment kitchen spic-and-span by wiping up crumbs each time you use the kitchen, and be sure to do some deeper cleaning once a week or so to make sure you’ve taken care of any hidden spills or dropped food.
  2. Hang fruit fly strips outside: To take it a step further, hang a few sticky “fruit fly strips” (easily purchased from Amazon) outside your apartment to trap those tiny nuisances before they even get in the door.
  3. Grow basil plants: Fruit flies are repelled by basil, so you could even keep a small basil plant inside your apartment as another safeguard.

Move apartments, move on!

If you’re tired of having to get rid of household pests all the time, maybe it’s time to consider moving apartments. Those swarms of fruit flies can be kept at bay with a few simple tricks, but why put up with them longer than you need to? Start searching for your new, fruit-fly free apartment on today!

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Best way to get rid of fruit flies in an apartment?

Hey all, I live in a “lesser end” sort of complex. And I have a fruit fly infestation. I do believe they are coming from multiple areas, the bathroom faucet smells of sulfur and I read that that could be because of a rotting pipe and could be a breeding ground for them, as well as people get regularly evicted / removed without their items being cleaned (my neighbor was hospitalized about a month ago, and still gets mail from the landlord as well as an eviction notice last week). I have 4 months until my lease is up and now that its getting warmer out, I cant open my eyes without seeing fruit flies. We have cleaned everything, I have the special fruit fly traps that you pour the lure into, as well as above that lure trap I put fly strips. Both will become quickly populated within days.(yet they seem to be outwitting the traps now) I have used raid and hotshot(only things I can find at local stores, and even when I spray them directly they just fly away) I have told my landlord and maintenance(took them 6 months to just fix my dishwasher) yet I don’t believe anything will come of it. I don’t /think/ I can fog or fumigate the apartment since it says to clear out and I worry about my neighbors since its an indoor complex.

So in short, I need to find the best way to FULLY eradicate any fruit flies that wouldn’t require maintenance coming in as well as wouldn’t bother my immediate neighbors. Thanks 🙂

Take care of the source. We bought all kinds of sprays etc and we still had them. The problem ended up being an old potato the mother in law dropped under some furniture and didn’t pick it up. Once we removed that they all died off.

I came here to say this, except it was my mom who decided that our potatoes belonged in the junk drawer that we never looked it.

It’s always a potato.

Can confirm. Our problem lasted for weeks, until we found a rotten bag of potato’s that were inexplicably placed on the top shelf in the pantry behind some canned goods.

Also here to say, yup, bag of potatoes caused the fly infestation we had a year ago.

I’m not an expert in how to avoid them. but to get rid of the ones you have, I second the vinegar/dish soap trick.

I’ve had the best results with apple cider vinegar, with a small pump of dish soap stirred in. No need to make any complex device with a cover — a few bowls of that left out near where they congregate will soon turn into a fruit fly mass grave.

I had a few of those. I did the vinegar, then it seemed like they are in love with alcohol. So I made a mix up of lemonade vodka, sugar, and dish soap. At first it was great. Then it didn’t work so much. So we got the lure traps (from the smell it seems like I’m just paying 8$ for vinegar and a weird cup) but I’ll definitely be placing a few more around.

Had the same problem. First step is to to make sure you’re not bring in more flies from the outside. Don’t leave any food and/or water out for them to be able to drink and eat from. No puddles or crumbs, treat it as a cockroach invasion. Even a bit of water in your tub or some in your faucet will substance enough to have a new round of flies.

Any wet laundry or moist towels need to be washed and dried immediately. When I had the problem I would got most of them but didn’t realize they would continue breeding and gathering moister from my bathroom floor rug and towels. Within a week they came back in full force and I had to start again.

And finally you can build a fly trap. Cover a glass filled with sugar/vinegar water or some ripe fruit with plastic wrap. Seal it and then poke small little holes on the plastic. If you add a soap to break the surface of the water, the flies will drown themselves and not be able to fly out. Set the trap in the kitchen and bathroom or anyplace you have an abundance and the traps should help cut the amount down. Clean them out every single day and keep it up (they may be avoiding it, but that’s possibly because they have found an easier food source that you’re missing).

For your bathroom problem I would try flushing your drains with bleach and then making sure you’re drying out your bathroom completely every single time you use it. Make sure the towles, floor rugs and all surfaces are clean and dry to the bone. Same with kitchen stuff. That should kill any eggs in the drain and eliminate any future substance for remaining flies. Don’t worry, fruit flies multiply fast, but individually die faster. Once you get into a routine they should stay away. And to keep your risk of fruit flies down in the future just keep it clean and dry, wash and store all your fresh produce as soon as you get home.

I just make the traps with a banana chunk or two in it. Make sure the plastic wrap is tightly sealed, poke some holes, leave it in the kitchen for 3-4 days, then puy a new trap in as necessary until you aren’t catching any flies over a 3-4 day period. Get rid of any other fruit or vegetables that are out on the counter, clean all surfaces.

This is an endeavor, the thing that aggravates me the most is its not even my fault. We keep everything generally clean, it’s the other Apts and the pipes. But thank you so much for the quick response and helpful tips. For the bathroom sink though, are in the faucet and not the drain sadly. So for that, I made makeshift drain plugs. But I put a layer of water in (now I see that wasn’t bright) so it’s more sealed, per your tips I am going to drain the water. But should I keep it plugged? I plugged the faucet and drain of both sinks.I’m gonna basically sterilize the whole apt after this though, I thought I was getting it clean, I didn’t even think about some of the stuff you mentioned.

Also, would any foggers or whatever be okay to use in my setting? Like would it be okay if I tried a towel under the door and then left the apartment? Or would I poison my neighbors

Personally I wouldn’t just because of the liability issues. You don’t know if your neighbors will freak out and if the problem is access between your apartment and your neighbors is as bad as you say then the fogger will leak into their homes as easily as the flies are coming and going.

The flies wouldn’t be lasting and breeding if there wasn’t any substance provided for them to thrive in your apartment so while the invasion may not have been started by you, they won’t leave until you eliminate their food source in your apartment. (hence why fogging only does so much. you can fog, but if a couple survive or some eggs are laid you’ll have the problem again in no time). I don’t think they would travel from apartment to apartment without having a substantial food source in your apartment so it’s important to concentrate on what you can do in your apartment.

Fruit flies are tricky buggers, and it take a while for you to see results because there are so many eggs that get laid when an invasion gets started. But keep up the cleaning and drying routines and you should see a difference in a week. After you use the sink try to dry off as much of the faucet and you can try sealing the drain, but you really should be fine with just keeping the sink dry (if you do choose to try and keep the sink sealed make sure you faucet doesn’t drip at all).

Outside of that as much as it can be a pain, I wouldn’t do anything with chemicals or harsher substances without permission or having your management do it. If something goes wrong you don’t want to be liable for damages or causing someone to get sick. It sounds like that layer of water was feeding them big time so give the cleaning and drying a go and see how it works. If after a week (and yes, it can take a week for all the eggs to hatch and finally die off) you still have a problem then I would seriously address it to management. Check your lease and state/city landlord rules to see if pest management is expected or required. If so, use that as a bargaining chip. But I would only do so after trying the drying/cleaning trick because fruit flies are annoying but relatively easy to get rid of without extreme measures.

6 Ways to Instantly Get R >Pest Control | Published: 02/26/2018 | Updated: 06/06/2019 | By Sam Choan

A quick summary of getting rid of fruit flies and gnats.

  1. Create a simple fruit fly trap using apple cider vinegar and dish soap.
  2. Place a bottle of stale wine next to the gnat-infested area.
  3. Mash up rotten fruits in a jar and cover the top with a plastic wrap poked with tiny holes.
  4. Burn the fruit flies to death by setting up a candle trap in a a dark room.
  5. Place several sticky glue traps around the fruit fly-infested area.
  6. Clear away or securely store all food in the kitchen and pantry.

Most Effective Fruit Fly and Gnat Traps

Grab one of the following products if you need an immediate solution to your fruit fly and gnat problems. They are affordable and easy-to-use.

BEAPCO Fruit Fly Trap
This fruit fly trap uses a non-toxic solution to lure gnats to their doom. Place the traps near the gnat-infested area and wait till they are filled with dead flies. Each trap can be used for up to 30 days and can be thrown straight into the trash can.

Disposable Gnat & Fruit Fly Attractant
This disposable and non-toxic liquid attractant will quickly trap and eliminate the fruit flies and gnats that linger in your kitchen, bathrooms, and other areas of the household that are prone to pests. All you have to do is to twist off the cap to activate this fruit fly trap.

Fruit Fly Drain Treatment
This drain treatment product is what you need if you feel like the source of the fruit flies and gnats are the drains in the kitchen and bathroom. The active ingredient of this gel is citronella, a natural bug repellent.

Home Remedies for Killing Fruit Flies and Gnats

The following infographic highlights the home remedies you can easily apply at home to get rid of gnats and fruit flies overnight.

1. Buy a Fruit Fly Trap
The easiest and most convenient way to get rid of fruit flies and gnat is by purchasing a fruit fly trap, such as this disposable fruit fly trap. You just need to open the trap lid and place the trap next to the fly-infested area. You should see plenty of dead flies the next day.

2. Create a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Trap
Create your own fruit fly trap with vinegar, an ingredient that most households should already have in their kitchen. You’ll need a container, apple cider vinegar, sugar, dish soap, and water.

First, mix two tablespoons of vinegar, one tablespoon of sugar, a few drops of dish soap, and half a cup of warm water into a container and mix until the sugar starts to dissolve.

Next, place the vinegar solution-filled container next to the areas where the fruit flies and gnats are frequently seen, such as the kitchen sink.

The scent of vinegar and sugar will attract the flies into the container. When the fruit flies make contact with the vinegar solution, they won’t be able to escape due to the dish soap. Make sure to place several of these traps. One gnat trap won’t be enough.

3. The DIY Deathly Candle Trap
This fruit fly trap only requires a candle. When it gets dark, place a candle on a tray filled with water then set the tray next to the fly-infested area. Next, turn off the light so that the only light source in the room is the candle (close the curtains to block outside sources of light).

This homemade trap will kill the gnats in two ways. First, any fruit flies that get close to the candle flame will get theirs wings burnt and fall to their death. Second, some flies may avoid the actual flame and instead go for the reflection in the water. They won’t be able to escape once they land in the water (adding a few squirts of dish soap will make it near-impossible).

4. Create a Trap Using Stale Wine
Have any stale wine left over that you aren’t going to drink? Put it to good use by converting it into a homemade gnat trap. It’s very similar to the apple cider vinegar trap.

First, pour some wine into a container then place the container next to the problem area. The goal of this remedy is to use the scent of the wine to attract the fruit flies into the container. The flies will immediately drown once they make contact with the liquid surface. Adding some dish soap will also help with this trap. You can also use a wine bottle as a container.

Beer and any other type of beverages that rely on fermentation will work just as well. You may have greater success with beverages that have more of a fruity aromatic scent.

5. Attract the Flies with Rotten Fruits
Fruit flies love rotten fruits due to the smell of fermentation. Place a piece of rotten fruit into a container then cover the container with a plastic wrap. Poke a few tiny holes into the plastic wrap. The gnats will fly in and get trapped inside the container.

6. Use a Sticky Fly Trap
Sticky fly traps, such as the yellow sticky trap, works really well for people who are dealing with serious fruit fly infestations. Place several of these traps around your kitchen and bathroom. There’s no way for the flies to escape once they land on the sticky surface.

These traps may also help you eliminate other common household pests like fungus gnats, pantry and clothes moths, and white flies.

What Kind of Spray will Kill Fruit Flies?

In addition to the above homemade traps, you can also use a spray to repel fruit flies. According to graduate students at UNC, fruit flies don’t have a “nose” to smell with. Instead, they rely on their antennae to detect the odor in the air.

One method of creating your own homemade fruit fly spray is to mix two cups of water and a few drops of essential oil (e.g. rosemary, peppermint, lemongrass). Mix well before you apply the spray on the fly-infested areas.

Pet owners should take extra safety precautions with essential oils. They are made of natural ingredients but some types of essential oils can be toxic to cats and dogs.

Where do Fruit Flies and Gnats Come From?

You need to know where the fruit flies and gnats are coming from in order to be able to eliminate them quickly. There are two common ways.

From Fruits and Vegetables
You aren’t going to like the sound of this but some fruit flies and gnats may come from the food we consume. These flies primarily live on plant-based materials. The adult flies will lay hundreds of eggs on unripe fruits so that the larvae can use them as their primary source of nutrition by the time the fruits start to rot.

From Outside
Some adult flies may have entered your home by flying through the windows and doors. If your house is spotlessly clean then you may want to check the outdoor surroundings to see if there’s anything that may be attracting a large swarm of fruit flies such as open garbage bags.

How to Prevent Fruit Flies and Gnats

The most effective form of pest control is prevention. Find out what caused the fruit flies to appear in the first place then eliminate the source. Here are some ways to prevent fruit flies from appearing in the future.

1. Clean Up Dirty Dishes
Make sure there aren’t any dirty dishes lying around in the sink. Get in the habit of cleaning the dishes as soon as you are done with your meal.

Make sure any food leftovers are discarded in a tightly-sealed trash can. The fruit flies will start to appear if you leave the food waste in the kitchen for too long.

2. Cover the Trash bags
Make sure the lid of the trash can is tightly sealed. Don’t attract more gnats to your home by letting the trash odor spread to the outdoor surroundings. This will cause other pests, such as ants and roaches, to also make an appearance.

3. Get Rid of Damp Areas
Fruit flies also thrive in damp and moist areas. Examine the kitchen and bathroom for potential pipe and faucet leaks. You should also check the indoor drains in the bathroom and reduce the dampness and humidity by using a dehumidifier.

4. Change Poor-quality Potted Soil
Some types of flies, such as the fungus gnat, may appear from poor-quality potted soil. Check the container plants to see if that’s where the flies are originating from. If so, replace the soil with something that’s higher-quality.

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