How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Fast

Summary: Learning how to get rid of fruit flies is very important for any household that has been invaded by these little insects. The kitchen will be first on our list to investigate as its often the source of the infestation but places like your toilets and other places also need your attention. There are a number of home remedies for fruit flies that are effective and the good news is that most of them are very cost effective.

Fruit flies are often a major problem during the hot summer months. Even during the winter, you may have a fruit fly problem if you are not careful. Losing the battle against these pests, especially when its humid and hot can not only be irritating but can also pose a serious health risk due to their exposure to rotten fruit, animal (and sometimes human) excrement and bacteria ridden garbage. Many people feel that its impossible to effectively fight an infestation of fruit flies. However, there is no need to worry or to stress, as this guide will show you how to do this quickly without disrupting your daily schedule or damaging your monthly budget.

How Can I Get Rid of These Damn Fruit Flies?

For effective fruit fly control, you need to identify the route cause instead of just fighting the symptom. So in other words, before you start on your campaign against these flies, you need to identify the causes of fruit flies as soon as you start seeing them. Once this has been accomplished, you can then remove fruit flies that are left. Lets have a look at the exact steps that are needed. Please note that these steps are not in order of priority. It is my recommendation that all of them should be done to ensure that you get rid of fruit flies fast. For more information on where fruit flies actually come from, check this out. Lets have a look at a few ways we can eliminate fruit flies.

Remove Fruit Flies in Your Kitchen Before They Spread!

Picture of a fly on fruit Although fruit flies don’t bite, I am sure you want to start your removal process immediately! Keeping that in mind, the first step should always be to remove any rotten fruits or vegetables that you may have in your house. Although these are usually found in the kitchen, its worth your while to thoroughly check everywhere for things like apple cores, peach pips and other things like this. Even if your fruit or vegetables is not completely rotten but is slightly over ripe, has a slight slimy feel or has any sort of bruises, it needs to be thrown away immediately.

This may cause some concern for some people as they may feel that this is a waste of food. However, although this may be true, you are focusing on the symptom instead of the cause, as we discussed earlier. What do I mean by this? Well, instead of complaining about wasting food, wouldn’t it be better to cut down the amounts of fruit and vegetables (and other food) that is purchased weekly so that you don’t ever have the situation of them going rotten in the first place? This will definitely save you money in the long run! Giving the current economic climate, this is definitely good news for most of us!

  1. Another important factor when it comes to disposal of waste is the removal of garbage as soon as humanly possible, especially in areas like the kitchen. Garbage bins are a breeding ground for fruit flies as they often contain rotting foods that pose serious health concerns. If you feel unable to remove the garbage bags on a regular basis, (we understand, life is extremely busy sometimes) I highly recommend putting offcuts from fruit and vegetables (and any other fresh food, including meat) into a smaller plastic shopping bag. Once you are done preparing the meal, tie up the bag and put that inside your main garbage bin. This will greatly reduce the chance of a fruit fly infestation as unrefrigerated produce can be the main cause of fruit flies in your home.
  2. Make sure that your dishes are always clean as dirty dishes eventually attract bacteria, which in turn will attract fruit flies, which will make killing these fruit flies in the kitchen very hard. Remember that fruit flies are also attracted to sugar and other forms of sweet food and drink. Jelly and cake are examples of the types of food you definitely do not want to leave lying around else you will attract bugs. On the same line of thought, just because these foods may have been consumed, there is almost always some stickiness left over on the plate or bowl. This can attract fruit flies and if left unattended for a duration of time, they can lay their eggs (part of the fruit fly life cycle) in your house (as they feel there is a ready source of food nearby) and cause you weeks of frustration.
  3. Don’t forget that certain drinks such as wine and orange juice (and other sweetened drinks, especially coca-cola) can also attract these insects, definitely something you do not want. But as a general recommendation, its always good to keep a clean kitchen for many health reasons so try your best to wash your dishes on time and put them always after drying them properly.

Tips for Eliminating Fruit Flies in Plants and in Your Yard

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Get Rid Of Fruit Flies In Your Yard

The next step that should be taken is to focus on removing any form of compost from the near vicinity of your house. Many people make their own compost from food offcuts (onion peels, pips, etc) and this can be commended. However, although this may be great for your garden, its really not helping your fruit fly infestation. I am not in any way suggesting that you should stop doing this, actually I honestly think its very resourceful. You just need to make sure the compost is away from your living space (if it is not put in the garden immediately) as it has the potential to attract fruit flies.

Another area of concern for home owners is the problem of fruit flies attacking their plants. This can seriously detract from the overall appearance of your interior décor and can give the impression that your house is not clean. Therefore, it is in your best interests to solve this problem immediately. I have a great method to get rid of flies on house plants and it involves mixing a little bit of dish washing liquid into about one liter of water. Then put this solution into a small spray canister and use that on your plants. Make sure you only put a tablespoon or so of the dish washing liquid in the water, that’s all you need.

At first you may be worried that the foam this creates will damage your plants but do not worry, it will not do any harm and will keep those pesky fruit flies away. The same can be done for your plants outside, such as roses and other highly prized items in your garden collection. However, this method is usually used in-doors due to its non-abrasive approach and insecticides tend to be used to outside.

Dealing With Fruit Flies in Your Drains

At first glance, you may think that your fruit fly problem couldn’t be coming from your drains. However, it’s very possible and if this is the source, the best way to get rid of flies in your house would be to kill them here before they spread to other areas. In fact, in all aspects of life, its very important to always go after the root cause instead of chasing symptoms and the same applies to gnats, bees and anything else that might start to swarm your living areas. You need to take a proactive stance and this is exactly what we are going to do.

  1. You need to figure out how to take out the actual drain plug. It is usually secured by screws but sometimes it can have waterproof glue that is keeping it in place. Either way, the first step is getting it out and any adhesive that is removed can easily be replaced later.
  2. Now that the drain plug has been removed, take a long, hard bristled brush (these can be found at most shopping malls, if you do not have one already) and push it up and down the pipe repeatedly until you feel that it has been adequately cleaned. Its important to do this properly the first time as it shouldn’t need to be repeated for a good couple months.
  3. When you cleaned the pipe with your hard bristled brush, it should have removed most of the debris but there still may be some left over. Simply taking a hose pipe, preferably with a high pressure nozzle, will ensure that any remaining muck is eliminated and your drain pipe is left nice and clean.
  4. The last step in getting rid of fruit flies in your drain is to pour boiling water down the pipe that you just scrubbed and cleaned. Since fruit flies are often attracted to areas where there is a high level of bacteria, this method will ensure that you eliminate this as well so the fruit flies do not return. A great addition to hot water is to also pour some household bleach down the drain so if you have some handy, I highly using it. I recommend doing it every couple weeks to kill any lingering bacteria, whether its attracting fruit flies or not.

Getting Rid of Fruit Flies in Bathroom Areas

Quickly remove fruit flies in your bathroom Another place that is problematic when they start laying their eggs and you need to control fruit flies from spreading into your toilet areas. Fruit flies are also attracted to damp clothes and things like sponges, mobs and face cloths because of bacteria buildup. Another big cause for concern is when towels are left crumpled on the floor after showering or using the bath. If they are left there long enough, you will start having an issue with bugs such as fruit flies. I understand that this will not happen overnight. But if this is done on a regular basis, you might find that this stimulates the infestation that may affect other parts of your house. And as I am sure you can imagine, you don’t really want bugs coming from the toilet and then landing on your food. This can be dangerous to your health and that of your family. I cannot stress the importance of keeping your bathroom clean. This is not only so you can keep fruit flies away but also for lots of other health reasons. Without going into too much detail, I think its safe to say that it’s a high priority when it comes to maintaining a high level of cleanliness.

How You Can Get Rid of Those Fruit Flies in the Office

Fruit fly problems in the office

Deal with fruit flies in the office

Believe it or not, even the work place can become infected with fruit flies, even if staff do not bring fruit to work. Remember that fruit flies are attracted to any form of rotten food? Well, many people have these bugs in their work space and it can be very frustrating, in addition to embarrassing, especially if a new client has come to visit and sees them flying around.

The good news is that you just need to follow the steps outlined earlier and apply them to the areas in your workplace. So clean and pour boiling water down your drain pipes, (also use bleach if its available) spray your plants with a soapy solution (created by mixing dish washing liquid and water), throw old food away and keep rubbish bins sealed up tight. After you have completed this step, all you need to do is set a few fruit fly traps and you will start to see immediate results.

Is There Any Way Prevent Fruit Flies From Infesting My Home?

Well I also follow the same routine of being proactive instead of reactive. So instead of having to deal with a fruit fly infestation, I make the effort to try and prevent it happening in the first place. However, sometimes life does catch up to me and dishes are left unwashed for a day or two. Or perhaps I go on holiday and forget to take out the trash. When this does happen and I start to see fruit flies around my house, I don’t get myself worked up but instead simply kill their breeding areas and then follow the steps outlined above. Many people have asked me, “how do you get rid of fruit flies naturally in the fastest way possible” and my simple answer to that is, don’t get a fruit fly problem in the first place. ;) But when you do, get rid of them in one go, don’t stretch it out over a couple days and you will get rid of them.

In summary, remember that its extremely important to address the causes for the fruit flies before you start working on a solution to remove them. I highly recommend giving that trap a try if you have already removed the causes for the initial infestation as it is a great solution that can be used on a tiny budget. I have made a great video on the subject and I am sure that it will complete your knowledge on this subject. If you have any problems, please ask in the comment section and I will try get back to you within 24 hours :)

Educational Video On Removing Fruit Flies:

Natasha Anderson

Natasha Anderson

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  1. myrna d. gonzalez says:

    Hi I dont know what kind of pest I have now in my house.I thought at first these are fruit flies basing on what I read.But then when I was reading your post you wrote there that fruit flies dont bite people.I was really confused.Because the insect that I have bites and they are all over my house.I am very clean in my house and its only me and my husband.But my husband buys and eats a lot of bananas and I love fruits too.It did not happen to us before.We have been living in this house for 13 years and this is the first time that we have this infistation.They are very quick when flying and we dont even see them when they dive to bite.We could only feel them but dont see them landing on our skins.I have tried the traps but up to now my traps are still lonely because no visitors at all.Please advise me what to do.I’m so desperate now because I could not even enjoy sitting infront of my computer without a fan or a mosquito killer.thank you very much..

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Myrna! It sounds that you may have a swarm of biting midges that are giving you grief. These little pests can leave a rather nasty bite (especially if you have sensitive skin) and are also attracted to decaying foodstuffs like fruit. Either use an insect bomb in your house or use a wall plug mosquito repellent as they are known to also keep midges away. Let me know if you need anything else :)

    • jo says:

      How many hours after I set up traps for fruit flies will I start noticing a difference? The traps are little jars with apple cidar & a touch of dish soap covered by plastic with a few holes in it. And about how many days will it take to get rid of them all?

      • Natasha Anderson says:

        Hi Jo, leave them for a day at a time, replace and after a couple weeks, you will have results.

  2. dani says:

    I had fruit flies once in my house they came from bananas I had forgotten about the best way to kill them fast within only a few hours is Mr. Clean diluted with water kills them almost instantly and makes your house smell good in the process :-)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Dani! Thanks for the suggestion, I havn’t tried that method myself but since you have had success with it in the past, I will definitely pass that knowledge on to anyone that needs it. :)

  3. carmela says:

    how long does it take to get rid of them and if you see them flying is there a certain spray i can use

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Carmela! Traps are going to yield better results than a spray and I recommend you rather try that (there is a guide dedicated to it on this blog). If you are determined to use a spray, you can pick up an aerosol bug spray at most supermarkets but just be careful as some of them are fairly toxic. Good luck!

  4. joey says:

    a spray bottle of dish wash soap in water — would you also recommend that for use indoors use (on fruits) instead of just outdoor plants? My partner prefers very ripe bananas (and we also keep them ripe for banana breads, etc) so often fruit flies are a problem. Sometimes I keep the fruit in the pantry, but am not sure if that helps/ don’t want fruit flies to be in there…

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Joey! You could use it on your fruits but just make sure that you give them a good rinse before you eat them (also tell your family to do the same). I better solution would be to keep any ripe fruits (like those bananas) in a brown paper bag (like those you get an a chemist or at a fast food outlet). This can actually accelerate the ripening process (I use this for avocados) and will also keep the smell away from fruit flies. :)

  5. David Eckrich says:

    Great article, but one caution that I would give is that if you have PVC pipes under your sink, you shouldn’t pour boiling water through them. Not saying I don’t do when I’m draining pasta or something, But it can definitely shorten their lifespan.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey David! Thanks for that timely advise, definitely something to consider if you have PVC pipes and I appreciate your input. :)

  6. Barb Brown says:

    Your solutions sound great but what if you can not find the source? I have not been able to find the source so do I just follow all the rest of your solutions?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Barb! Have you checked all the places that outlined in this article? If so, you can still make yourself a fruit fly trap (I have a separate article on this) and while its not really a permanent solution, it will give you some relief. Maybe the next time you see them flying around, try and pin point where they seem to be congregating because something is definitely attracting them to your house. Hope that helps!

  7. Jewel says:

    I cannot get rid of them. We get them every apartment in our complex. Flushed the sinks and tub drains with scalding hot water and soap and bleach. No fruit any where please help.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jewel! One of my readers had a similar experience that we discussed at length via email and eventually we figured out that they were coming in from outside due to a large amount of compost that was being used in the garden. Combined with a few other things (humidity, etc.), it actually became a big problem for those living in the complex. I recommend investigating this possibility and also make sure that the residents are sealing their rubbish bags when they take them out for collection.

      • Maria says:

        I just moved in a apartment building and signed a contact lease! I’m just realizing that I have what appears to b fruit flies but I have no fruit and my apartment is clean. Yes, neighbors leave trash in hallways and trash area is infested with them. I hate them and can see them flying around in my bedroom and everywhere. Not in bunches but I see them and feel them land on me especially in bed and sitting in living room watching tv. I feel like I’m losing my mind. What can I do? Is this a reason to fight my lease? I’m disgusted and hate coming home to this!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Maria! There is a definitely a reason to fight your lease, your landlord needs to sort this out. In the meantime, get some netting for open windows and try keep those pests out the home to start with. Sorry!

  8. dale hershey says:

    I/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and a couple drops of dish soap in a small open container…tried it….it really works !!!!!….by…by…fruitflies !!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Dale! Glad to see you had some good results with the method. I have also used it in the past and got rid of those damn pesky fruit flies pretty quickly :)

    • Chris Christianson says:

      Tried the apple cider vinegar and dish soap…. didn’t think it was working, no flies in cup… until I swirled it around. Never been so excited to see all those nasty buggers drowned at the bottom! Apparently they’re heavier than the solution! It works!!! Thanks!!!

      • Natasha Anderson says:

        Hey Chris! Its a pleasure, make sure that you share your discovery with anyone that is still struggling with fruit flies :)

    • Susie says:

      The apple cider vinegar and dish soap always works the best, and is a inexpensive way of getting rid of them… place apple cider vinegar with a couple drops of dawn dish soap in glass containers all around your home and the fruit fly’s go in but then don’t come back out. Works like a charm.

      • Natasha Anderson says:

        Hi Susie! Thanks for your comment and confirmation :)

      • Sam says:

        I used the fake kind of vinegar with some dish doap and it didn’t work! Does it have to be apple cider vinegar?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Sam, I have only used Apple Cider so I think you should too :)

    • linda jemeyson says:

      I had these all over my house-tiny black flies/gnats- placed little cups of cider vinegar with a spoon of detergent, had to change every couple days they worked so good, in 1 week all were gone, now if I even see 1 I set out a little cup. this is a great remedy

      • Natasha Anderson says:

        Hi Linda! Glad it worked for you, good job!

  9. cheyanna says:

    you can also use lemon and water squeeze some lemon juice right from the lemon and put the rest of the whole lemon in the water and they will be attracted ad they will die because the lemon is poison to them

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Cheyanna! Thanks for the awesome share, I appreciate your contribution to the community and I will definitely give that method a shot in the future. Cheers!

  10. Cheyenne Barnett says:

    is this soap and water mixture ok to spray on african violets…….I have numerous household plants and they are all over everyone of them.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Chayanna! After being contacted by someone with more experience in this subject, I have been informed that you should not do this otherwise it will damage them fairly badly. Have you tried using a fruit fly trap? I recommend taking a look at my article on this subject as it sounds like it would be perfect for your situation. Cheers!

  11. Shana says:

    Thank you for all the tips. We seem to have greatly reduced the fruit flies in our home, but it took several days of all out effort to get rid of them and there wasn’t a really easy quick fix like I had hoped for. We made the mistake of leaving produce type fruit in the trash can while we were out of town for the weekend and when we returned the flies just went nuts. It took cleaning, hot water in the drain, constant trash removal, and such to get rid of them. We tired the apple cider vinegar like other sites suggest but that didn’t work as great as we had hoped. Thank you for your article.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Shana! Its a pleasure, glad you have had some positive results. Thanks for sharing your experience. Most pest control solutions (especially natural ones) usually are not instant. But I am happy to hear that you stuck with it and got rid of them eventually. Have a good one!

  12. Kurt says:

    Hi. I have had fruitfly issues for about a week or so. It all happened when my roomate was too lazy to do the dishes. Since then I tried the apple cider vinegar trap, sprayed everywhere, set up traps, poured boiling hot water and bleach down the sink, and they are still around. The apple cider didnt work, and the traps collected about 50, but they are still swarming everywhere in the house and now a lot are in the bathroom. Would a bug bomb be a legitimate solution for this?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kurt! A bug bomb would work but remember that you will need to get rid of the reason why they are congregating in those areas. In addition to keeping the dishes clean, make sure that you keep the trash closed, take it out regularly (and keep it away from the house), etc. If you have done all these things, grab yourself an insect bomb, just make sure that you follow the instructions carefully.

  13. sarai says:

    I left a rotten banana In my desk 2 weeks ago now there are fruitflies and white things I think are maggots what shall I do

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sarai! I suggest that you follow the instructions in this article and take a few moments to check out my fruit fly trap article and you will get rid of them in no time! In the meantime, make sure that you throw that fruit (and any other old food, etc.) away and take out the trash on a regular basis. Let me know if you need some further assistance after looking though those resources. Good luck!

  14. pat duench says:

    last year I was so fed up with them I put infested bananas in the micro wave oven and zapped it for 2 minites when time was up I opened the door to my surprize the fruitflies flew out of oven does anything kill them??????????

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Wow, that is incredible. I have never experienced such a thing before, neither did I think it is possible. Are you being serious lol?

      • Rachel J says:

        I have also angrily microwaved fruit flies for long amounts of time, only to have them fly out afterwards unscathed. Pat Duench is serious, and so am I. They are annoyingly resilient, like stinkbugs.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Rachel! That is amazing, they really are such a pest lol. Please feel free to let me know if you need any help with your fruit fly problem :)

      • Cindy Clark says:

        Yes, she’s serious. Microwaving does not kill fruit flies or roaches.
        My problem is the litterboxes. I clean them morning. & bedtime. Is there something I can add to the litterboxes? I use the ground corncob litter because it’s dust free. Please help!!!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Cindy! I suggest putting an apple cider fruit fly trap near the litterbox. That should work :)

  15. TBB says:

    How do you get these small flies out of your clothes? What’s the most effective solution?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey TBB! If they are only in your clothes, just chuck them into the wash and that should kill them all. Good luck!

  16. rob says:

    This year, our first ever invasion, I’ve tried the vinegar traps, killing literally hundreds, maybe over a thousand that way. They also love milk’n’sugar coffee traps, really anything that will ferment and emit carbon dioxide. I also use the flt swatter and a quick squirt of Green (slows them down enough to paper towel them). The swatter is especially gratifying when you get say a dozen at once, a little fly party on the drop of juice, jam, whatever. THE MAIN PROBLEM IS WE NEED A REPELLANT, NOT JUST CORRECTIVE MEASURES AFTER ATTRACTING THEM! I read that fresh basil was something they hated, but putting a bunch in my kitchen did nothing.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Rob! If you are purely looking for a repellent that works, try lemongrass essential oil and hot water (in a spray bottle). However, its just not realistic to coat everything with it and your efforts are better spent trying to find out whats attracting them and actually killing them in your home.

  17. rob says:

    Natasha, thanks for the reply and info. Spray lemongrass essential oil and hot water, eh? Coating, tho. So maybe candles or infusers?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Rob! Its a pleasure! Basically you just need to put some lemongrass oil and warm water in a spray bottle and target any areas where you keep finding fruit flies. I am not too sure what you mean by the candles and infusers :P Good luck!

  18. Laura Whitcomb says:

    I absolutely Love the pics and info on your site, seems so good to find a site with real solutions! The ones that you call biting midges, are they also known as the no-see-ums(biting midgets aka gnats)? Thanks

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Laura! They are different but the removal method is almost the same. Gnats are much smaller and can bite, leaving a little bit of skin irritation (hence why so many people email me and say that fruit flies do bite whereas in reality its probably gnats).

  19. Dedy says:

    The red wine vinegar works wonders. I set the trap at night and woke up to 40 flies in it. I hadn’t realized that there was so many in my home. But definitely try it.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Dedy! Thanks for the suggestion, I will do :)

  20. Ahsan Rafique says:

    Hi, i need your suggestion , plz help me natasha, these nasty drain flies are making me extremely mad, actually they just only appear in my attached bath with my room, the bath has door in opening, the opening is exposed from roof top, and there is an open plot at back of my room where there is a lot of exposed garbage and trash that my neighbor’s throw away, i don’t know what to do, to get rid of these nasty bugs.. :(

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Ahsan! I recommend that you either make a plan with that rubbish or find a local exterminator in your area to provide a chemical solution. In the meantime, maybe put some close knit netting to close those holes to keep the fruit flies out.

  21. Ahsan Rafique says:

    thanks a lot natasha for giving me time, I will try to cover the opening and then I’ll inform u about the output :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Pleasure, good luck, hope everything goes well :)

  22. Ahsan Rafique says:

    Covering the opening and, cleaning the plot at back of opening where people used to throw their garbage, eliminated those nasty bug/drain flies, thanks alot again for your help :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Ahsan! Its a great pleasure!

  23. Lachelle says:

    Hey whats the best method to get rid of fruit flies with my 11 month old in the house. By reading a previous article of yours it looks like she is having an “allergic” reaction to them. Ive been trying for weeks to get rid of them (and have made a dent) but these damn flies are not giving up. Im very scared to do much with my baby at home with me (Im a stay at home mom). Thank you soooooo much!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Lachelle! I suggest that you start with my fruit fly trap. Good luck!

  24. Kim S says:

    Hi, I have also been dealing with fruit flies, lately. I have made sure that no old fruit is thrown away in the trash can or if I do, it is put into a smaller plastic bag, tied up and then thrown into the trashcan. I have also made fruit fly traps, using a cup, apple cider vinegar and a sandwich bag fastened over it with a hole in it, so they can get in, but can’t get out. But, I was wondering, can I spray a bleach solution directly into the garbage bag, so they won’t want to lay their eggs in there? Because sometimes, food doesn’t always get thrown away properly. Or, maybe the dish soap solution?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Kim, yes you can definitely do that. Try the bleach, it will work.

  25. Wendy Tatham says:

    I have used some sugar with water in a wide mouthed container, covered it with saran wrap, poked some tiny holes into the saran wrap near the center. I have caught about a hundred flies so far this summer.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Wendy! Thanks for the suggestion, I appreciate it :)

  26. Stephanie C says:

    Can the fruit flies get into my produce in the fridge?
    Also if they are still going at a glass of wine i covered should i not replace it after a day?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Stephanie! Unless the door is open when they are flying around, its unlikely. Additionally, fruit flies don’t like the cold. Probably would be a good idea to replace the wine. Good luck!

      • Stephanie C says:

        Thank you the quick response.
        Few more questions, we did purchase a used rug from a garage sale this weekend. The rug is very clean and was being used in their living room, it was not stored in the garage or anything. Could the flies have come in on this?
        Also we have a small rug by the sink and my dog’s food rug. Should we wash these and not put them back down until the flies go away?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Stephanie! Its highly unlikely! Yes, definitely wash that and keep it clean, you don’t need to put it away though.

  27. Autumn says:

    I have a really bad infestation of fruit flies. I live in an apartment building, and believe I’m getting them from my neighbors. Since I started noticing the flies I’ve kept everything extra clean, but they continue to come back. It’s gotten so bad that I’m finding 20+ dead inside my fridge! I’ve moved the trash can out on the balcony, we don’t leave out any food, and I’ve cleaned the drains. I don’t know what else I can do.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Autumn, probably get a pro to help you, considering you have tried all my methods already. Will email you.

  28. stasy says:

    Hello so for about a week now I’ve been having fruit flies (with the red eyes and everything) in my bathroom. I’ve bleached the place clean, went around everything I can see. I through away anything possible in my fridge that could cause anything. And they still show up in my bathroom. Iive in a basement condo, I don’t know if that does anything. I was wondering what I could do, and does the bleach thing and boiling water really work!?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Stasy, something must be attracting them. You just need for find it, sorry :(

  29. N says:


    I’ve had fruit flies in my apartment for a very long time. It’s not an infestation, but it is enough to gross me out and be really annoying. I currently estimate I probably have 5-7 adults flying around. I have put draino down all my drains (kitchen included), put hot boiling water down all of the drains, I have absolutely no food out on the counter and I have no dishes in the sink at all ever (I always immediately put them in the dish washer). I also Lysol and clean my counters every day. I have no idea where they are coming from because I even tried to treat the drains. Do you have any ideas? Could they be coming through the vents from my neighbors? I can kill the adults by smushing them or with the apple cider vinegar, but every day there seem to be new ones. What can I do? Any ideas? I’m so fed up!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi N, I suggest using my DIY fruit fly trap (article on this blog) or getting a pro to come help you. Hope that helps!

  30. susan says:

    i have planted from seed many vegetables and the fruit flies seem to be killing them what can i do ? Please help

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Susan, try using a fruit fly trap (I have a DIY guide) near the veggie garden, I havn’t used it outdoors but I am sure it will work.

  31. Chelle says:

    I’m having problem with flies in my house idk if they are fruit flies or not but they in both my kitchen and dining room they stay on my cabinet doors all up on my ceiling fan idk what to do I’ve tried the vinegar the fly strip I’m about to move out We gonna use a bug bomb tonight if it don’t work I’m moving out HELP please

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! Let me know if the bug bomb helps, I will help you if it doesn’t.

  32. Kelly says:

    Hi I’ve had these flies now since end of may people arw telling me they fruit flies but I don’t have fruit laying around there’s no food anywhere they seem to be in my son’s room mostly as I set up traps and there’s about 50 of them in there hardly any in other rooms I’m finding them upside dwn on window sills dead don’t know where they coming from I’ve cleaned and bleached drains still got them can u tell me why I’m getting these if there’s a empty house next door and theres rubbish outside there as there is lots of it can they be coming in my son’s room from there as my house is clean don’t have plants anywhere so I’m struggling with where they coming from thanks

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Kelly! They are probably coming from the next door rubbish heap, maybe call your local services and get them to come collect it?

  33. Rachel says:

    I’ve been getting fruit flies in my apartment recently and am frustrated with the situation. It’s not bad enough to be called an infestation, but I always see 1 or 2 at a time, and after killing them, I’ll always see another one. However, when I thoroughly search my apartment, I can’t seem to find any, but when I’m sitting on the couch or at my desk, one will just fly by. I freeze all my compost and wipe down my counters everyday. I also don’t cook anymore, and have no fruits or produce, and keep my grains in airtight containers. I’ve tried DIY traps and drano down my drains, but I can’t seem to get rid of them. Is it possible that they’re coming in from outside (I don’t open windows anymore) or from my neighbors through walls/vents? I kill an average of 5-7 a day, but can never find any when I make the effort to search. Please help :(

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Rachel, if it is bothering you so much, it might be worth just getting an exterminator to sort this out for you so you can go back to living a normal life. I will send you some info :)

  34. Toni says:

    I have noticed them about a week now. I started with normal vinegar in bowl uncovered. Found 2 in there the next morning. Left mashed up bannana in glass jar with cling film and holes. Collected 1 or 2. Going to buy Apple cider vinegar tomo to also trap. There seems to be bout 5 flying around my kitchen all the time. I Looked at the wall inside my cuboards and there looks like there is grease on the wall. Could that be causing them?? It’s an okd kitchen and I only moved her 8 month ago. I’m co seeing buying a steamer and taking my whole kitchen off the wall to clean behind it! Is this nesscessary? It’s bothering me now. I’m ocd mad. No fruit or veggys are ever left to Rott. Bin is taken out every night and work tops dettold every night. Even dish clothes are thrown in wash every night. So there is no bacteria left anywhere but the sticky stuff behind my kitchen cuboards. Any suggestions??

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Toni! It could be that, but I don’t suggest doing it yourself. Maybe there is a company that you could get in to do the cleaning for you. Either way, you are on the right track, get rid of the source of the problem, which is the reason they are being attached to the kitchen.

  35. Pat L. says:

    Thanks for the great article and info. I have heard BEAPCO 6-pack Drop-in Fruit Fly Traps work well if you don’t want to bother making your own. Thought I’d pass it along… I just ordered myself some.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Pat! Thanks for the suggestion, much appreciated.

  36. Shannon says:

    Can fruit flies make nests in the siding of a building? I have noticed a LOT of them outside my apartment building that swarm on my front door and in my screened in patio in the back. I have sprayed both areas with eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender, and even pesticides and they keep coming back after a couple days. I even contacted my property manager and they had pest control spray around my back patio only to have the stupid things return the next day. It was only recently that I noticed them by my front door, so the problem seems to be getting worse. Luckily I haven’t had a problem with them inside, but if there is a nest somewhere hiding in the slats of the siding I’m afraid that they will make their way in. It’s so annoying! Im going to try the apple cider vinegar, but shouldnt the landlord/property manager do something more to eliminate the problem? I live in Florida and the complex is very clean – no one leaves their trash outside all day or anything like that. Any help or advice on how to deal with the manager would be appreciated. Thank you!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Shannon! It is unlikely, so I would rule that one out. Yes they should, speak to them and get it sorted. Good luck!

  37. niya says:


    I am losing my mind with these damn flies. I think this all started when there was a leak in my apartment from.behind the sink, because I jave lived here for 3 years and never had a problem before. Main areas that have issues are rhe kitchen and also a bedroom which has mould and gets quite a lot of condensation on the windows. Waiting for the landlord to sort this out.

    I thought it was the leak which was caused by a faulty draining board which was fixed but we just started seeing the brown fruit flies everywhere. Pulled out everything by the kitchen and found some stagnant water that had been there aa a result of the leak, cleaned that up. Still the same. Making sure everything is away, no dishes moved everything in the kitchen to make sure no food had dropped anywhere that was attracting them.nothing. this morning, I came into the kitchen to put the dishes away, and found 3 or 4 in a cup. I’m totally freaked out now and disgusted. Does that mean they breed in there? I don’t understand where they are coming from at all. I am.about to pull out the whole kitchen again because it makes my skin crawl. Any suggestions? Does mould have an effect amd do they breed in any dampness even if it is just clean drainage fr dish water? PS sorry for the novel

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Niya! Sorry this is causing you distress. You are probably describing drain flies, they look very similar. Either way, try pouring some drain cleaner down your drainpipes, that will give you some relief until the landlord sorts it out. Good luck, please share this post on Facebook if you appreciated my help.

  38. Dale Bellaire says:

    Hi thank you for your informative article. We had had a battle with fruit flies for over a month and the apple cider vinegar and dish soap in a bowl works great and we would often find 30+ in the bowl after a few days but couldn’t seem to get rid of them completely. I put all my fruit in the fridge and went through my pantry and found a single serve apple sauce container which had been perforated and was totally full of them and likely a breeding ground. I took the pantry apart and cleaned it thoroughly and got rid of anything that was not canned for boxed. We also got lemon grass oil and mixed it with hot water in a spray bottle and sprayed areas they liked and this is a natural repellent so they don’t come back and not toxic like a lot of commercial bug sprays. There are not as many now and I am hoping within a few days to have them totally gone.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Dale! Thanks for your kind words and your useful tips, I appreciate it and I am sure the community will as well! Have a good one!

  39. LINDA says:

    Is there a way to tell the difference between fruit flies and drain flies? We only get them in the Winter.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Linda! Yes, drain flies have “scaly” wings, unlike fruit flies. If you google each one (under images), you will see what I mean. Hope that helps!

  40. Joann says:

    How much bleach should you put down your Derain when trying to get rid of fruit flies how much is too much ?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Joann, I use about 2 cups :)

  41. kellan schneider says:

    I’m a college freshman and over what seemed like 1-2 days I went from 2 or 3 flying around to at least 50 in different parts of my dorm room. I made 3 one of those cup/soda/plastic wrap traps and hung up 4 sticky fly ribbons in the locations I spot them. I’ve caught a decent amount in my closet, but all of the ones flying around my room don’t seem to be attracted to any of the traps.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Kellan, I have an article on this blog that will help you make some DIY traps, they work really well. I suggest you take a look at it.

  42. Naomi says:

    We have fruit flies coming in from outside. We just moved into a house and I started noticing them in the kitchen,living room, and bathroom. It’s hard to eat because the very small ones with full of energy dive into our food while we are eating. I got rid of what seemed like hundreds with apple cider vinegar, but I see them also on our front porch and on our screen door (mostly the very small baby ones). They keep coming back in every single time it starts warming up. What can I do? Also I’d like to add that when we moved in, the people that lived here before didn’t take care of their yard and the grass was to my knees and hedges have never been trimmed in years it looks like. I don’t know if that would cause these gnats or not, but I thought I let you know . We mowed the yard and tried to clean up as much as we could but are waiting to get a trimmer for the hedges. The only trees I have is one pecan tree and one hibiscus. Don’t know if this would attract them or not.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Naomi, your best bet is to find out where they are coming from. It is very likely to be in the yard, so your first call of business is to sort that out. Let me know how it goes, but don’t stop using the fruit fly traps (with apple cider).

  43. Vansssa says:

    Hi umm.. I have fruit flies in my room and a spilled applesauce user my bed. There are at least 25 flies around my room, but I think I found the source. There is a spot of applesauce with at least 50 if not more rice grain sized white things in it I have come to the conclusion that that could be the source. Could it be the source. If so, how do i get rid of them fast. I’m only 15 and if like to get some sleep in my own room. I have a fear of bugs so I can barley stand my own room. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Vanessa! Apologies for the late response, have been away for the holidays. Sounds like it, I recommend that you spend a couple hours cleaning your room and removing any food, drink, etc. that could be attracting them. Don’t forget to wipe down your surfaces, hope that helps!

  44. Jat Talmage says:

    I have dogs that use the yard for their toilet ! Would that attract fruit Flys ? The yard is cleaned everyday .,

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jat! No it wouldn’t, especially since it is being cleaned up each day. Hope that helps.

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