How Do You Get Rid of Fruit Flies in a House?

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To get rid of fruit flies in your home, first discard any rotting fruit or vegetables. Take out the trash, and remove any damp or moist items where fruit flies can lay their eggs, such as sponges and mops. Finally, trap the fruit flies in a container with a little apple cider vinegar.

  1. Get rid of any rotting food

    Throw away any fruit or vegetables that are left out if they have any signs of being rotten, such as soft spots, multiple bruises, mold or an unpleasant smell.

  2. Clean out the trash containers

    Tie up all trash, and place it in a receptacle outdoors. Take all trash containers outdoors, and wash them thoroughly with soap and water. Allow the containers to dry completely before bringing them back inside.

  3. Remove any fruit fly breeding grounds

    Toss out any damp sponges and dish cloths around the sink, and throw away any old damp mops, where fruit flies like to breed. Wipe up any drink spills immediately, and wipe off residue on and under any kitchen appliances to remove any sticky, moist areas.

  4. Make fruit fly traps

    Pour a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a jar or another small container. Cover the opening with plastic wrap, and poke a small hole in the center. Place the trap in an area where you've seen the fruit flies the most. The fruit flies go into the jar, attracted to the vinegar, but cannot get out.