We recently discovered a not so heavenly fruit fly infestation, need as much advice as possible! I have two traps, sprayed 2 FULL bottles at them, not working.. It’s making cooking soo hard!!

Posted anonymously, 8th June 2015

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  • I’m sorry I can’t offer advice but I do hope it gets better soon


  • Nasty! Hope some of these suggestions have worked for you.


  • We had a problem not long ago… We started using glue traps which seemed to work well.. Vinegar traps did nothing at all!


  • We sometmes have the same issues, we have found its our coffee machine they are attacted to , We have purchsed one of thoose automatic sprays you attach to the wall of the kitchen and it goes off around the clock in regular spays. We no longer have the flies hanging around in the kitchen.

    • Our coffee machine also seems to be what drew the little pest in to. Now have to empty the grains and run off liquid straight away into the garden. We also removed all indoor plants that needed soil (kept only air plants inside) and this so far has eliminated them staying indoors.


  • We had an infestation a couple of years ago in the whole neighborhood, the government department PIRSA handled it. Here in SA if you spot them you need to notify the authorities, made it hard as no fresh fruit was allowed in or out of the quarrantined zone, school lunchboxes were hell for a few months until they had it under control.

    • I didn’t know that. It looks like a wonderful program!


  • I’m so happy we don’t have them here.


  • thanks for asking this! I am going to try the suggestions as it can be an issue at my place too!


  • You could try to make a vinegar trap. Here they explain you how. http://insects.about.com/od/insectssociety/qt/Make-A-Vinegar-Trap-For-Fruit-Flies.htm I hope it will help!


  • try to store your fruit in the fridge if possible


  • 1. Unfiltered apple cider vinegar
    Remove the cap from the bottle (it doesn’t have to be full — nearly empty will also work). Cover the opening in plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. Then, poke a hole for the fruit flies to enter. They can’t resist the scent of vinegar, and they won’t be able to exit once they’re inside.
    2. Vinegar and dish soap
    If you find your fruit flies are impervious to the plastic wrap, try adding three drops of dish soap to a bowl of vinegar, and leave it uncovered. The soap cuts the surface tension of the vinegar so the flies will sink and drown.
    3. A paper cone and a piece of fruit
    Place a little vinegar and a chunk of very ripe fruit in a jar. Then, roll a piece of paper into a cone and stick it into the jar, placing the narrow opening down. The fruit flies will be drawn in, but won’t be able to get out.
    4. Red wine
    Like vinegar, fruit flies love the smell of wine. Try leaving out an open bottle with a little liquid — the skinny neck will keep the flies trapped,hope that helps.

    • Interesting question and wow! such a comprehensive answer! well done! :)


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