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How to Get Rid of Food Flies


Food flies are pesky little creatures that buzz your patience away. You end up being annoyed beyond belief because nothing is a bigger mood buster than flies! Thankfully you can actually get rid of them without doing much. We have short listed some of the best methods to get rid of food flies from your home.

Lure them in and Trap them!

Setting a bait and trap technique has always produced results. You can never go wrong with this method. Figure out what flies are attracted to. They love red wine, over-ripened fruits and the smell of vinegar. You can use all these things as bait for the flies.

Vinegar has a natural barrier at the surface which prevents insects from drowning in it. By creating the bait, we will have to break the surface tension. One way of creating bait is by adding a little vinegar in a jar and adding a piece of over-ripe fruit in it. The combination of the smells is sure to lure those flies in.

In the jar, trap the flies by wrapping the opening with a plastic wrap and poking holes in it with a toothpick. The holes will be large enough for flies to get in. The truth is, flies are stupid. They get lost easily. Once, inside, they won’t be able to come out of the trap.

You can also create a funnel for the trap by simply rolling a paper into a cone and placing the narrow point in the jar. The flies will enter the jar from the wider opening and will get lost in the trap. They cannot navigate their way out from the funnel.

Since vinegar creates surface tension and the flies probably won’t drown, you can add a drop of liquid dish soap. The soap breaks the surface tension and the flies will drown in it. Once you feel that the jar has caught many flies, you can throw the mixture out and make a new one. This is also a great way of using your over-ripened fruits and vegetables.

Clean Home is the Secret to Success

Flies infest areas that are damp and rotting. Make sure you clean your kitchen thoroughly. Clean the greasy areas under the stove, under the oven and over countertops. Greasy spots will be an attraction for flies.

Decaying food, fruits and trash is home for these flies. Make sure you immediately throw away any over-ripened fruit and store your leftovers in tightly closed jars. Throwing the trash out in tied garbage bags and away from your home is a good idea.

Flies infest in dark, moist areas. Look under the sink and check the drainage pipe. If you see any leaks, get them fixed as soon as possible. Flies will build a nest there and lay eggs, resulting in more flies. You do not need to deal with a fly infestation since they carry a lot of diseases you and your family suffer from.

You kitchen needs a thorough cleaning so make sure to clean inside your cabinets once every month. The heat and steam from the cooking food usually leaves a greasy layer on and above the cabinets. These become an attraction for flies to infest as well.

Secure Your Windows and Doors

Windows and doors usually have a layer of net which allows fresh air to come in while keeping pests outside. If the net on your windows and doors is tearing away or has become very old, make sure to replace them. You can have new installations on them and keep them closed at all times.

If you have little kids in your home who always forget to close the doors and windows behind them, you can use the traps. Place the traps strategically around the house and near windows and doors. This will trap the flies as soon as they enter your home.

Make sure that all your windows and doors have clean and dry frames. This will not attract any flies near your home and they won’t have a reason to enter. Make sure that the area under and around your windows and doors is also clean. Remove all fallen leaves and trash, and keep the area smelling fresh.

Inspect Pot Soil


Flies infest and breed on pot soil. If you have any indoor plants, make sure you clean the soil regularly. Dig in a few inches and change the soil with top quality one that does not let larvae thrive. Since pot soil is moist and dark, flies and even gnats make their home in it. You can also inspect around your yard and garden to look for problem causing plants.

If you believe you have the source, all you need to do is make a herbal pesticide to kill these flying pests while keeping your plants healthy. Mix salt and dish wash liquid soap with water in a spray bottle. Dig about 2 inches of soil and spray the solution generously. Repeat every 2 to 3 days. Make sure you wait for the soil to dry before spraying again.

Keeping a clean and dry environment in and around your home will keep pests and insects of all sorts away. Never leave any puddles of water in your yard or your garage as it can also invite mosquitoes which carry serious diseases with them.  

Solutions Pest & Lawn Products Can Help You Eliminate Food Flies

If you want to get really serious about fly control, we recommend that you buy professional fly control DIY products that help you to eliminate the presence of food flies in your home. A combination of high quality fly traps, baits and insecticide sprays will do the trick in eliminating a fly infestation.

We have traps that work really well such as Musca-StikQuickstrike Fly Abatement Strips, Flies Be Gone, and even light traps like the Mantis Fly Light. What you choose depends upon your preference. There are also fly control insecticide sprays that can be effective like Pyrid Aerosol or MaxForce Fly Spot Bait. For flies that are discovered hanging around your sink drains, Drain Gel cleaner can wipe up the gunk and organic matter that flies are attracted to.


If you’re sick and tired of food flies making life difficult on your property, following the tips we shared above above and equipping yourself with the traps and preventative measures, food flies will no longer be a problem in your home.

For more help or DIY advice, contact us at 800-479-6583 or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com and we will be happy assist you.

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