Fruit flies are annoying! They are the ones that love flying right in front of your face… constantly. They are mostly found in areas of your home where you can also find fruit, but they can also be found in other areas of your home too… and even in bars! In this post, we are going to take a look at how to get rid of fruit flies in the bathroom.


What you will learn in this post:

  1. What attracts fruit flies to your bathroom
  2. How to get rid of fruit flies in the bathroom

How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies In The Bathroom

Why Do I Get Fruit Flies In The Bathroom?


Discarded Fruit In Trash

Who would have guessed it! Fruit flies are attracted to fruit!

If a member of your household is eating a piece of fruit and is near the bathroom, they might discard the core, or leftovers in the trash bin in the bathroom.

As this is not regularly cleared out (rarely used in my house), it will begin to rot in the trash bin. This will attract fruit flies.


Attracted To Wastage In Pipe

Sometimes, waste inside a pipe will stick to the side of the pipe and will not wash down completely. If this begins to rot, it will attract fruit flies.

To make matters worse, fruit flies have been known to lay eggs inside rotting matter within pipework, and water waste drains.


Scented Objects

Fruit attracts fruit flies, but it doesn’t stop there!

I have watched fruit flies circle a scented candle because it had a fruit scent. Many folks use scented candles and other objects in the bathroom (for a relaxing bath), and the flies might be attracted to that.


Toothpaste

Similar to the scented objects above. Toothpaste can be attractive to fruit flies! How? Because not all toothpaste is mint flavor!

I have a son, and his toothpaste is ‘wild berry’ flavor. When the brushes his teeth, he gets the toothpaste everywhere! I have seen flies circle any ‘spilled’ toothpaste in and around the washbasin.


Spillages

Speaking of spillages, if you have spilled some fruit juice or sugary drinks in the bathroom, then that will attract fruit flies.

This also counts if you pour it away in the basin. The fruit juice will cling to the inside of the pipes and the scent will attract fruit flies.


How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies In The Bathroom – 5 Tips

Use the following 5 tips if you want to get rid of fruit flies in your bathroom!

How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies In The Bathroom Infographic

Regularly Clear Trash

Trash is probably the biggest thing that attracts these flies to your bathroom. You should clean up the trash at least every 2 days if you want to stop the scent from attracting them.

It isn’t just fruit that attracts them inside your trash, it is pretty much any rotting organic matter.


Clean The Pipes

Use either bleach or a mixture of hot water/white vinegar to clean the washbasin and the drainage pipes.

Mix up 50/50 water and white vinegar. Heat the mixture until it is too hot to touch and pour it into the basin. This will kill any fruit flies inside the pipes, along with any eggs they might have laid.

You can also use bleach, there is no need to heat that up though.


Cover Near By Fruit Bowls

For obvious reasons, not many people store fruit in a bathroom! However, people do store fruit in rooms near the bathroom.

You should always cover the fruit bowls up to stop fruit flies from being attracted to them.

If you want to know how to get rid of fruit flies in the bathroom, then you should begin by removing things they are attracted to, such as nearby fruit bowls.


Remove Scented Objects

Any object that has a sweet-smelling odor should be removed if you have fruit flies in the bathroom.

Consider removing anything that is scented, such as candles, bath bombs, and other things.

Whilst these objects are not going to be eaten by fruit flies, it does attract them.


Attack Them

You could attack them until there are none left! Consider using an insecticide spray, or you could use a natural spray to repel and kill fruit flies. Here is one that I use:

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 20 drops of tea tree oil
  • 20 drops of eucalyptus oil

Not only does this kill fruit flies, but the oil stops them from moving almost instantly! You should spray this in the area where you see the fruit flies. Unlike insecticides, you don’t need good airflow to use them, which increases the chance of success.

You could also use a basic soap spray, such as:

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid soap

If you want to know how to get rid of fruit flies in the bathroom, then you will need some spray to attract them with!


Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the fastest way to get rid of fruit flies?

The fastest way to get rid of fruit flies is by removing all temptation and all things that attract these flies. Remove food, fruit, sugary drinks… basically anything sweet.

What do fruit flies hate?

Fruit flies do not like many natural scents, such as tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus oil. You can use these in natural sprays to tackle fruit flies inside and outside your home.

What can I spray on fruit flies to kill them?

Use the following ingredients to make up a spray bottle to kill fruit flies:

* 1/2 cup of water
* 20 drops of tea tree oil
* 20 drops of eucalyptus oil

Mix thoroughly before attacking the fruit flies!


Conclusion

Use the 5 tips on this page if you want to know how to get rid of fruit flies in the bathroom! Most importantly, you should always be clearing out any trash that is in your bathroom. This is what will attract fruit flies.

Whilst fruit flies are not known to carry any viruses, they can land on all kinds of organic matter, including animal poop! That means to can transport all kinds of bacteria to your home. They might land on your food, just after taking a rest on some dog poop (which can be a health hazard)… hopefully, that won’t put you off what you are eating!

Good luck!

About the Author

Pest Pro

Since 2008, I have become far too obsessed with DIY methods to get rid of pests! From cockroaches, woodlouse, ants, and other crawling pests, to flying pests such as mosquitos, I have searched far and wide for the best ways to combat these critters.

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