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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are more common during warmer, summer weather, however they can still be a problem all year round. Fruit flies are a nuisance and hard to get rid of once they have invited themselves in.

Where do fruit flies come from?

These very small pests most commonly come in through windows or small gaps in the walls. They are attracted to ripe and rotten fruits and vegetables which they can detect from a distance. Once they have found the food, they lay their eggs on the surface, up to 500 at a time. It only takes up to a week for the eggs to develop, so that one fruit fly that’s bothering you can lead to many more very quickly. They are also attracted to wine, if a bottle is left open, they will smell it and fly into your home to investigate.

How to get rid of fruit flies?

You need to discover the source of the fruit flies and where they are coming from before you can take action on getting rid of them. Here a number of solutions to try expelling them from your home:

Clean common areas:

Throw out food and wash the area clean, any type of cleaner would be enough to repel the flies. Flies also like to live in damp and warm drains, so it would be a good idea to make sure you unclog your drains. Check your bins too; they are attracted to old food, so a bin is the perfect breeding ground for a fruit fly. When you clean the bin out make sure you use a bleach product to properly disinfect the area and dry it off after.

Fruit flies in apple cider vinegar trap

Use apple cider vinegar:

Fruit flies love the sweet smell of apple cider vinegar, so making a trap could be a good way to catch the crafty pest.

  • Put a couple of centimetres of apple cider vinegar in a container, like an empty jar, and add a few drops of washing up liquid to the solution.
  • Stir the mixture then cover with some clingfilm or thin paper held with an elastic band or string.
  • Poke holes large enough for the flies to crawl through all over the clingfilm/paper.

Place your trap in an area where you have seen the fruit flies hiding out. The smell of the apple cider vinegar will attract them and once they touch the water it will drown them and you can throw them out. You can also try using a solution made of water, sugar and vinegar too. Just don’t forget the washing up liquid as this breaks the surface tension to stop the flies being able to sit on top of the water.

Fruit flies stuck on sticky fly trap

Buy fly traps:

If you have tried the other solutions and not managed to catch any, the next option would be to purchase a sticky fly trap. These traps work on common flies and fruit flies, all you have to do is place in the area where the flies have been and once the trap is full throw away.

You can purchase these traps from places like Amazon.

Contact your local exterminators today

If you are trying out the above methods, yet the fruit flies still keep buzzing around, then get in touch with us and we can help exterminate the infestation. A fully trained professional will advise you on the best treatment to get rid of the pests. We are also open on call 24 hours a day Sunday to Monday – 0203 600 0351

Preventing the flies from coming back

They will come back if food is being left out unwrapped, bins are not sealed and/or food has been rotting for too long inside and drains are getting clogged. Ensure you are keeping drains and bins clean and smelling fresh and keep the food you leave out covered.

Other problem flies

Fruit flies aren't the only flies that can be a nuisance. Our team of experts can identify which flies are causing the problem, from filter and drain flies to cluster flies, and provide effective treatment and eradication.

Seasonal Pests

Pests can invite themselves in anytime of the year but, depending on which season it is, you may have to deal with different types of pests.

Changing weather patterns will mean you having to prepare yourselves for the different kinds of pests that may be active during that season. Understanding when these pests appear will allow you to have a proactive approach if you come into contact with any. Not only will it help you prevent future invasions of pests, holding the knowledge will potentially be more cost-effective than having a reactive approach to when they arrive.

We have put together examples of the most common pests for each season to help you prepare for the worst.

Spring Pests

After Winter, the temperature rises and flowers start to grow. Many insects and creatures come out of their long hibernation periods looking to feed, grow and breed. Different pests will be more active when the heat increases. Mosquitos will be more prevalent when it has been raining and there are still water sources available while stinging insects start their search for flowers beginning to bloom on sunny days and prepare hives and nests.

Pests to look out for in the spring:

Ants crawling through cracks in flooring and walls

To help you prepare your homes against these unwanted visitors start to think about yearly maintenance to your house. Cracks, holes and other cosmetics damages are perfect doorways to let these invaders in.

Summer Pests

The most popular time for pests, indoors and outdoors is summer. Warm weather, fresh greenery and the availability of food make summer the perfect time of year for pests. Ticks and Fleas are ones that thrive in the summer, taking rides on animals and then infesting homes. Insects seem to be the most prominent during these months, however you may also have to deal with the odd invader nesting in your attic, such as Bats.

Wasp crawling on food left in garden

Here are the most prominent pests of the hot summer season:

Help keep pests at bay by being active with gardening activities; keeping grass mowed, trimming weeds and maintaining your home will all help. If you spend time outside, make sure food is covered and don’t leave sugary/sweet items out as this will attract wasps and ants.

Autumn Pests

The bright and green colours begin to fade and so do the pests from the spring/summer months. When the cold starts to come in, the pests want to come into your homes to escape the colder temperatures. During autumn, pests start to prepare for hibernation during winter. Spiders and rodents will be actively looking to get inside homes. Although most summer pests will start to disappear, wasps will still be active around September/October, especially during warmer autumns.

Keep an eye out for the following pests during autumn:

Dead flies on windowsill

When leaves and foliage begin to die off and fall, it is perfect nesting areas for pests to enjoy, so raking leaves and disposing of them will help reduce this issue. Commonly you will find small insects in your home décor/ house plants so keeping on top of dusting will help clear them away.

Winter Pests

Even though you may think the cold weather means all pests will hide away, there are still some home invaders that want to stay away from the bad weather. A lot of moisture increases in the home during winter, with heating on and the icy weather outside, damp areas are prime nesting spaces for certain pests like cockroaches.

Bed bug bites on child's legs

These are the top invaders to look out for in the cold conditions:

The best way to prevent these pests from appearing would be to ‘winter proof’ your homes. Naturally you don’t want heat in your home escaping, so you stay warm yourselves, ensuring there are no nooks and crannies for the heat to escape and pests to get in is the most effective precaution to take.

Although there are certain pests that occur during different seasons, pests can be a problem all year round. Bed bugs, fleas and cockroaches do thrive in certain seasons but pests like these can be lurking at all times.

Pests like cold and damp areas, places where you might not usually see but they could be causing a longer-term problem. If you think you have any little creatures taking over your home, get in touch with our expert pest exterminators