(Closed) help me get rid of fruit flies!

posted 10 years ago in Home
Post # 17
567 posts
Busy bee

do you have windows open? if so make sure there are no holes in the screens, If the door is left open too long they can get in that way. With no food and usinfg the red wine they should die off in no time. Bug always get worse this time of year with it getting cold they will do anything they can. As PP’s said always make sure to take the trash out and bleach your garbage disposal often and that will help you could also go to the store and but fly traps to be sure

Post # 19
1127 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I had this problem a couple of weeks ago and this really helped:

First, get rid of whatever is attracting them. Dead fruit. Open bottles. Whatever it is, just toss it.

Get a bowl. Fill about half of it with apple cider vinegar. Pour in a little dish detergent. Not too much, though! You don’t want them to suspect there’s something else added. Haha. Stir it up until bubbles appear. The fruit flies are attracted to the sweet smell but they can’t swim through the detergent. Put it in a spot where they seem to hang out the most. I would do this over night before you go to bed.

I did this and let it sit for a full 24 hours while I went to work and when I came in, there were 20 dead fruit flies in the bowl. Gross, but it worked.

Unfortunately, your whole place may smell like ACV, but you can air it out pretty easily. Good luck!

Post # 21
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

You should also try talking with the landlord about this infestation… he may have known about this before you moved in. I would be sure to let him know about it. Its his responsibility to get pest control in their to spray. They may be small flying bugs, but the point is they are BUGS! And you can’t leave food unattended without them getting in it… THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!

p.s. try the trap illustration someone put up previously… my brother bought one from Walmart for the flies outside around the dog kennels… and it worked like a charm! No more flies.

Post # 22
1208 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: I second this. My apartment last year randomly got an infestation so a roommate put one of these upstairs and downstairs and within a few days the problem was gone.

Post # 23
7382 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Fruit flys don’t live too long (usually about a week, 2 weeks max) so if you get rid of their food source they shouldn’t be able to breed.  Keep all food either in your fridge or covered.  Get rid of any food in garbage ASAP.

Fruit flies aren’t black and typically have orangish eyes, so if you get a chance to look at one that should help you out!

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