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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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Fruit Flies Frustrating You? Here’s How to Get R >

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 ApartmentSearch.com 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.

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How do I get rid of lingering fruit flies in my apartment?

i’ve been having a fruit fly problem for nearly a month now. it’s pretty god damn annoying. these bastards keep reproducing in my home despite my efforts to get rid of them. i’ve tried apple cider vinegar traps, have bought an electric trap that catches them and blows air on them to dry them out. still i’m seeing fruit flies in my home though.

i’ve been dumping boiling water down my drains, and just now dumped some white vinegar down the drains. i don’t leave food out and now i’m starting to throw out my trash every single day.. these fucking fruit flies are annoying. how can i completely get rid of them? every day i still keep seeing some flying around. sometimes near my trash can and sometimes through my computer screen

please i need help to completely get rid of these.. i’ve been trying but i can’t locate the source and put an end to this..

UPDATE: so i bought some better apple cider. i have 2 traps out right now. one right next to my uv light trap and one in my kitchen. the one next to my uv light is a wide bowl with straight up cider in it. i’m thinking that the flies will get attracted to the open cider but will see the light and will eventually get sucked into the trap from flying around so much. baiting them to the trap with delicious apple cider, then when they get close enough, they get sucked in. just now i topped up the container with more cider. this set up seems like the ultimate destruction for fruit flies in my apartment. i also have a trap in my kitchen on top of my garbage can. cup with cider in it and a funnel shaped piece of paper covering the top. i might put another trap in my bathroom.

i poured bowling water down the drains this morning and will be throwing out the trash tonight. will be continuing this every day. plus cleaning up my kitchen and bathroom because they are due for cleaning anyway. CURSE YOU FRUIT FLIES, I WILL FUCK YOU OUT OF MY HOUSE WITH MY EFFORTS, RAHHHHHHH

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HOW TO GET R > &nbsp4583 July 6, 2018 April 26, 2019 Nicholas Martin

Once the weather starts to warm up in spring and the first snow begins to thaw, there appear the flies — one of the most annoying insects of all. And the first thing you may think of is how to get rid of flies.

Then you ask yourself, where do they come from right after the winter’s cold? Why are house flies constantly trying to get into our homes? Why do they start biting at the end of the summer? Are they dangerous for a human?

So many questions are raised about these insects, notorious for being such a huge nuisance, that the expression “the fly in the ointment” appeared. So why are they so annoying, why do they keep pestering us and how to get rid of flies? To answer these questions, we need to learn more about them, what they prefer and how they live.

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What Are Flies?

Flies are arthropods from the order Diptera. We know them, especially about the house flies, since the dawn of time, and they get their name from being the most widely spread flying insects on earth, found everywhere humans are.

How Do They Look?

House flies bodies are gray, ranging in size from 0.08 inches to an inch, and consisting of head, thorax, and abdomen. Their wings are membranous and transparent. On the end of their three pairs of jointed legs are feet equipped with sharp claws and sticky pads. This allows flies to walk and climb on any surface, including ceilings and smooth vertical walls and glass.

The most unique thing about the house flies is their eyes. They occupy most of the head and consist of several thousand hexagonal lenses (also called ommatidia) that give them 360° field of view and allow to distinguish colors.

Interesting fact: each of the eye’s lenses performs independently and sees its own part of the surroundings. These lenses are also able to process 300 frames per second (a human eye can only see 24 frames per second).

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Where Are Flies Outdoors Found?

Flies outdoors can be found across all the continents except Antarctica. The oldest known fly, which lived 145 million years ago, has been discovered in China. This discovery indicates that these insects have existed on Earth for a very long time. They prefer to settle in close proximity to humans.

Gray (or house) fly is rarely found in the wild, preferring to live next to the humans and causing house flies infestation. They feed on our foodstuffs and waste, and cause us a lot of harm instead.

House flies do not travel long distances and live no more than 300 ft away from their birthplace.

Flies outdoors love the warmth and prefer temperatures of 70°F and above, with no more than 80% humidity. When temperatures fall below this point, flies hibernate until it’s warm again. They can spend 5 to 6 months like this. That’s why once the weather starts to warm up in spring, or sometimes even during winter with the heating switched on indoors, it is possible to see living flies outdoors.

Their eggs cannot survive temperatures below 45°F, while adults perish at sub-zero temperatures.

Interesting fact: flies are only active during daytime. They can’t see at night, so they rest.

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How Long Do House Flies Live?

The lifespan of a fly is very short. They can live for up to 2 months under favorable conditions and the absence of predators. However, the average lifespan of house flies is 10-20 days. These insects’ natural enemies are birds and insectivorous animals, spiders and their webs, as well as humans armed with a rolled newspaper or a fly swatter.

How Do Flies Breed?

House flies are ready to breed mere 2-3 days after their birth. Then, they proceed to lay about 150 eggs at a time in spoiled or leftover food, garbage, and organic waste. Over its short lifespan, a fly can lay up to 3 thousand eggs. The eggs are tiny and invisible to the naked eye, but they gestate rapidly. It takes a day for larvae to emerge. Commonly known as maggots, they will increase their size by up to 800 times in a week.

Interesting fact: in cold weather, maggots do not pupate and stop their development. That’s why fishers keep maggots in a fridge, where they can be stored for 6 months.

The maggot pupates and in a week transforms into an adult fly. All stages of development from egg to an adult take 12-14 days.

Interesting fact: an adult fly doesn’t grow in size throughout its short lifetime.

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It crawls for the first 2-3 days of its life, waiting for its wings to grow stronger. At this point, the fly is ready to reproduce. Their reproductive capabilities are alarming because in a few days there could be an army of insects causing a house flies infestation.

What Do House Flies Eat

Flies are not the picky eaters and can feed on any organic food or waste. They prefer sweet liquid foods and can catch the smell of it over a great distance. But to eat solid food they first need to spit on it to soften the food with saliva, turning it into a liquid. Some species prefer one kind of food above all else (for example, Piophilidae, or cheese flies, breed only inside cheese).

Many people wonder why flies “rub their legs,” and what does it mean to them. The fact is, flies do this to clean sticky pads on their feet of debris and dirt. After cleaning the front legs, flies wipe their eyes and head. Then they use hind legs to clean their wings.

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Species of Flies

Over 3600 species of flies exist. They differ in their appearance and habitat:

  • House flies: these are the most common insects and they are causing a house flies infestation. They come from the steppes of Asia. House flies prefer to live close to humans and are found across all the continents.
  • Hoverfly (syrphidae): this insect has a yellow and black striped body, similar to a wasp. It feeds on nectar and is harmless for a human. This fly got its name because it is often seen hovering at flowers.
  • Blow fly has a distinct shining green body. It dwells near rotting flesh and waste and may carry bacteria and disease.

  • Drone fly is a large insect (up to 0.6 in) with dense hair covering its body. Its larvae can cause intestinal diseases if ingested by humans.
  • The tsetse fly is a very dangerous bloodsucking fly. It carries diseases that destroy immune and nervous systems and lead to death. These flies exist only in Africa.
  • Stable fly bears a close resemblance to a house fly. They migrate en masse from woodlands closer to cities, towns, and villages by the end of the summer and have a very painful bite. Many people think that these are regular house flies that began to bite. But that’s not true: Stable fly is a separate fly subspecies.
  • Dung fly lays its eggs in animal dung only. It’s rarely seen inside a human home.

The most familiar kinds of flies to us are various subspecies of a house fly. Other kinds are far less common.

Are Flies Dangerous to Us?

Flies are not dangerous to humans directly: they don’t bite and cause no allergic reactions. However, their behavior and habits cause a lot of trouble:

  • Flies can cause the most harm as carriers of disease-causing bacteria and infections. Their persistence in getting inside a house, searching for food and crawling all over it causes them to spread infections rapidly.
  • Larvae can infest any living organism — human or animal.
  • Crawling through filth and manure piles, flies outdoors pick up a variety of microorganisms, bacteria, and worms eggs with their legs. Flying from a garbage dump to your home, flies spread all of the above on your food, which may cause such diseases as cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, and anthrax. That food becomes dangerous to eat.
  • In addition to spreading disease, house flies are simply annoying with their constant flying around and buzzing.

The only use they have is serving as food for birds and small animals.

How To Get Rid of Flies

There are a lot of ways to get rid of house flies. The simplest, manual methods are a fly swatter or a rolled newspaper with the help of which you can kill flies. A big con of this method is the dirty stains on the walls. Another drawback is that house flies detect movement much faster and manage to fly away, so you’ll have to “hunt” or a long time to kill flies. You shouldn’t pick killed house flies by hand, but use a scoop with a broom or gloves instead.

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Adhesive tape

House flies are attracted by the tape’s pleasant smell and get stuck when they land upon it. The device is easy to use letting you easily to get rid of house flies. You just need to unroll it and hang this natural fly killer in a convenient place. The tape is the cheapest way to get rid of house flies, and you can hang several at once. Probably, it is the most popular of home remedies for flies.

Cons: The unaesthetic appearance of a room with hanging ribbons with house flies; The tape to kill flies can stick to objects, leaving stains.

Newly developed traps to kill flies are more original, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing. Swiss company Swissinno produces window traps to kill flies that are attached to the corner of the window, fit well into room interior, and catch insects reliably. These traps to get rid of flies look like a triangular box with holes in it. House flies respond to the bait, enter the trap and get stuck. And you are getting rid of flies without a trouble.

Faicuk is a sticky fly trap that will serve you best if your number one source of fly attraction is home plants. It has no pesticides or other toxic substances and can deal with flies solely by gluing them. If you insert the bottom of Faicuk into the soil by the plant or let it hang in its branches or even above it, the insects would appreciate its yellow color and confuse it with flowers. Eventually, none of the flies will get to your plant because every one of them will be glued to this bright, attractive butterfly.

Faicuk traps are designed for indoor usage, but they act pretty much like sticky garden traps. If the flies are gathering around your plants and don’t fly to other areas of your house, this trap would be a perfect choice. However, you may need to add some soil treatment, as it gets infested with gnats in the most severe cases.

Traps of this kind are odorless and completely safe. If you accidentally touched glue on the trap surface just rub the glue with vegetable oil and wash it thoroughly. The trap effect lasts for three months, but it may end sooner if there are too many flies glued to it.

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