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Question DetailsAsked on 6/19/2013

What are the best ways to get rid of fruit flies?

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Remove the source of food (sweets and fruit, primarily).

Here is a link to a good article on what attracts them, and how to trap them -

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


Fruit Flies can breed in what we call Micro Environments.

This could be a shallow 2 inch sliver of water between two floor tiles were the grout has broken away from or between the wall molding & the floor for example.

They are attracted not to just sweet juices but any liquid with sugar. Have you ever noticed fruit flies in a public bathroom? That is because our urine contains sugar which to them is a food source.

The first poster is absolutely correct. A deep cleaning is required. Then repair even the smallest areas were water can collect.


Answered 7 years ago by adeluca


Fruit flies have red eyes and are found in recently decaying mater. Be aware that the flies you see are only part of the problem. The two prior posts forgot to mention that the reason you look for the breeding sites is because you are looking for a wormy/catepillar form of the insect. Fruit flies have a complete metamorphosis just like a butterfly. So for every one fly there are many more in the larval stage waiting to emerge. You must find the source, such are over rippened fruits or veggies. Using insecticides alone will not solve the infestation. Clean the bottoms of the garbage pails.

Answered 7 years ago by MaestreBCE2


If you enjoy fruit and have it sitting on the counter as I do in the summer, the fruit flies seem to appear in no time. I take any glass, cup or jar, place a (peeled) piece or chunck of ripe fruit in the container (banana seems to works great) place a clear plastic wrap (tightly) over the top, secure with a rubberband around the cup/jar. Take a toothpick and poke several holes (8-10) in the plastic wrap. The puncture holes will be tiny but just the right size to attract and trap the fruit flies with the apparent sweet smell of the fruit. Those pesky fruit flies go right thru the tiny little puncture holes and once in cannot get out!. I do this every summer at the first sight of fruit flies and it works like a charm. After catching the flies (and there usually are quite a few) and while the plastic wrap is still on, I spray it with a shot of insect killer or hair spray. It kills the flies, throw out the fruit, wash the glass/jar and its all done in less than a day. If you leave it longer, you will just catch more flies! Even the kids enjoy seeing all the fruit flies it catches!

Answered 4 years ago by CeCeLee

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