How To Create An Effective Control Strategy for Fruit Flies

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Heather Jones
Heather Jones
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Fruit flies are just one species of fly but they are one of the most common visitors to your home. There is a good reason for this. Fruit flies are attracted to ripe fruit and especially to overripe, rotting, and decaying fruit. Alongside this, you’ll find they enjoy fermented liquids, such as beer and wine.

They can be a nuisance as they buzz right past your ear. But, fruit flies also carry diseases, you don’t want them in your home. That’s why you need a strategy to control and eliminate them. 

Set Your Trap

The aim is to prevent fruit flies from even coming to your house. However, implementing any strategy takes time and you’ll want to kill any that arrive in the meantime. 

Choosing one of these great UV fly electric traps won’t just ensure any flies are killed. It will also help you to identify whether you have a fruit fly issue or not. After all, if none are being killed by the UV trap, there is a good chance you don’t have a fruit fly problem.

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Protect your Fruit

It is best to eat your fruit before it becomes overripe and starts attracting the fruit fly. However, you should also cover your fruit, even if it is just a piece of netting. This stops the flies from getting to it and encourages them to go elsewhere. You can buy dedicated domes to cover your fruit with.

Of course, it doesn’t stop them from coming to check out the delicious aroma!

Change Your Dishcloths

Dishcloths are one of the dirtiest items in your kitchen because they are used to remove food from plates and, traces of these foods stay on the cloths. These can be detected by the fruit flies and attract them to your home.

To make sure this doesn’t happen replace the dishcloths regularly. If they are re-useable wash them on a hot cycle.


Fruit flies love the smell of decaying food but hate the smell of peppermint, lemongrass, lavender, clove, and similar scents. Hang herbs around your house or grow them near the entry points. It will deter the flies from entering, keeping your home fly-free.

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Wash Food

You may not be able to see the flies or their eggs on your freshly purchased fruit and veg but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Get into the habit of washing the fruit and vegetables you are leaving out of the cupboards. This will ensure any flies or eggs are destroyed, keeping them out of your home.


Fruit flies won’t come to your home if there is nothing for them to eat or drink. One of the most effective ways of eliminating them is to simply clean all your sides regularly with a disinfectant spray. This removes all traces of food crumbs and any scent that may attract the fruit flies. 

If there is nothing to attract them to your home they simply won’t come. There are much better and easier homes for them to target. 

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