How do I get rid of fruit flies?

Are tiny flies invading your kitchen, trash cans, or garden? If so, they are probably fruit flies. Fruit flies are a common type of fly that is usually found in homes and restaurants. They are more common during in warmer months because they feed on ripening fruits, vegetables, and perishable items.

Why do I have fruit flies?

It can be frustrating when tiny pests enter your house and begin to grow in number. It's even more frustrating when you're unable to identify the real cause behind the fruit flies invading your home.

  • Any rotting fruit or vegetable is going to attract fruit flies into your home. A fruit bowl or any other open-air food storage is almost sure to bring fruit flies.
  • Other than fruits, fruit flies are attracted to any sugary food that is exposed. Including spilled liquids on counters or floors
  • Fruit flies rely on moisture to breed and develop. This means they may be breeding in your drains, damp containers, or garbage cans.

Fruit flies may not pose direct harm or damage to you, but they are indirectly unhealthy to have in your house. They do not bite. However, they are contaminated with bacteria and germs and viruses. They come from breeding on rotten food and therefore they carry the same germs that rotten food has on it. It is possible for them to come in contact with your food as you prepare it in the kitchen and contaminate it, leading bacteria and germs into your system.

How to prevent fruit flies?

Before moving on to ridding your home of fruit flies, let's first consider a few preventative measures to make sure they never come back. The best way to prevent any type of fly or pest is to get rid of the things that attract them.

  • Trash cans that are not regularly cleaned can be fruit fly breeding grounds. They are filled with spilled fruits juices and moisture, which are the main attractions and breeding factors for fruit flies.
  • Buy fruits from the store which are not already completely ripened. If you buy already ripened fruits, over a few days, they will begin to rot and attract fruit flies
  • Store any fruit or vegetable that has an opening or a cut in the refrigerator
  • During summer and fall, keeping your doors and windows closed is advised. You don't want fruit flies entering from the outdoors.
  • Cover any sugary foods or drinks (wines, soft drinks, etc.) in airtight jars. Small spaces can easily let tiny fruit flies enter.
  • Wiping table tops after use and mopping the floor at least once a day can also prevent fruit flies. When food spills, we tend to wipe it up with a napkin or paper towel. This can leave behind residue and become a breeding ground of fruit flies.

How to get rid of fruit flies?

Without a doubt, fruit flies can be stubborn and difficult to get rid of completely. Here are some recommended products to make the eradication process faster and easier.

Catchmaster Clear Window Fly Trap

Pros

  • Non-toxic
  • Easy to use
  • Each trap can catch a large number of pests
  • If the source of fruit flies is from the outside, the trap can be attached on the other side of the windows well

Cons

  • May not work for larger pests
  • The product depends on the fruit flies being attracted to the window
  • If applied to a dirty window the trap can fall off over time

How does it work?

This is a non-toxic, disposable product to get rid of fruit flies. It is attached to a clear window, which is where fruit flies are commonly found. The product is covered with a highly adhesive surface which catches and traps fruit flies on contact. The trap is easy to apply to windows and comes off of the windows easily. Make sure the window is clean before attaching the trap.

Why this product?

Pest repellents and traps usually contain substances that can be dangerous around children and pets. This product, however, is safe to use around the house without worrying about the safety of yourselves or the environment.

Katchy - Automated Insect Trap

Pros

  • Safe for the environment
  • Easy use
  • Portable
  • Non-toxic

Cons

  • Flies may come right out after switching off if not appropriately trapped
  • The quiet high pitched buzz can be irritating
  • The glue board is not as strongly adhesive as some standalone glue boards

How to use?

Once opened these specially formulated bars emit a non-toxic vapor into the air that eliminates fruit flies. Just place the strip near a fly breeding or feeding and it will do all the work for you. For larger areas or in areas with lots of fruit flies, you can use more than one strip. The vapors are odorless and will leave behind no smell. The pests and fruit flies are killed as soon as they come in contact with the vapor emitted by the Fruit Fly BarPro.

Why this product?

The usage of this product is hassle-free. You merely have to place it on near the area you have seen fruit flies, and it does all the work for you. The vapors are non-toxic and safe around your family. One strip can effectively kill the fruit flies for up to 4 months (120 days).

Natural Catch Fruit Fly Traps

Pros

  • All natural
  • Non-toxic
  • Safe around children and pets
  • Low maintenance

Cons

  • Lasts for 30-45 days
  • Needs to be replaced when full of pests
  • Smaller than some traps

How to use?

The product is a non-toxic way of attracting and trapping fruit flies. It has small holes that need to be pierced with a small stick. The holes then let out vinegar based all natural smell that acts as an attractant for fruit flies. The product works for 30 days, and it is easy to throw away and replace.

Why this product?

The product requires low maintenance, with absolutely no damage to the environment or your health. It's safe around pets. It's easy to use and is effective both outdoors and indoors.

Fruit Fly BarPro

Pros

  • Eco-friendly
  • Nontoxic and safe around pets and children
  • Long-lasting effectiveness (4+ months)

Cons

  • May lose effectiveness after 3 months
  • Covers a smaller area than some traps

How to use?

Once opened these specially formulated bars emit a non-toxic vapor into the air that eliminates fruit flies. Just place the strip near a fly breeding or feeding and it will do all the work for you. For larger areas or in areas with lots of fruit flies, you can use more than one strip. The vapors are odorless and will leave behind no smell. The pests and fruit flies are killed as soon as they come in contact with the vapor emitted by the Fruit Fly BarPro.

Why this product?

The usage of this product is hassle-free. You merely have to place it on near the area you have seen fruit flies, and it does all the work for you. The vapors are non-toxic and safe around your family. One strip can effectively kill the fruit flies for up to 4 months (120 days).