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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in the Bathroom

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Fruit flies, without a doubt, are an incredible nuisance. While we may usually think of them in our kitchens, they are also common in bathrooms. While fruit flies do not bite or sting, these pesky bugs are exceptionally annoying. One of the worst parts of fruit flies in the bathroom is that they may start as just one or two but can quickly multiply into hundreds! If you find yourself asking, “How do I get rid of the fruit fly invasion in my bathroom?”Art Plumbing, AC & Electric in Boca Raton is here to help!

Bathroom Fruit Fly Basics

Not to be confused with drain flies, fruit flies feed on bacteria and fermenting products. Because of Boca’s humid climate, fruit flies are much more present year-round. Fruit fly larvae thrive on reproducing in moist areas, which makes bathroom drains the perfect breeding ground.

Did you know that a single female fruit fly can lay as many as 500 eggs? Though their lifespan only lasts between 25 and 30 days, it’s critical to solving the problem before they continue to reproduce.

How Do I Get Rid of Fruit Flies In The Bathroom?

Daily use of bathtub, shower, sink, and even toilet drains results in the buildup of bacteria and debris. Another common reason for fruit flies in the bathroom is decaying material in the bathroom.

Whatever the cause for the invasion, you need to get rid of them and get rid of them fast! No matter how you choose to get rid of fruit flies, you should always start by deep cleaning your bathroom. Start by removing any moist materials, such as towels or sponges, from the area. Then check to see if there are any leaks in the sink, shower or tub, and toilet. Finally, clean and sanitize the area – including around the drains. Here, Art Plumbing, AC & Electric explain different ways to get rid of fruit flies.

Homemade Traps

One of the most common ways to get rid of fruit flies is by making your own trap. There are several varieties of homemade traps. One is to add three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to three tablespoons of water and a few drops of dish soap to a cup. Secure the top with plastic wrap and a rubber band. Use a toothpick to poke some holes in the top. The fruit flies will be attracted to the apple cider vinegar and become stuck to the dish soap. You can also purchase fruit fly traps at most hardware stores. This is a great remedy if you do not have a large infestation.

Homemade Drain Cleaner

Another great way to get rid of fruit flies is to make a simple drain cleaner to help clean and remove bacteria and debris. Boil a pot of water or vinegar (or both) and pour directly down your drains. Unlike homemade traps, this simple drain cleaner will also help kill growing larvae. Drain snakes can also be an effective way to remove debris. After you complete the homemade drain cleaner process, cover the opening with duct tape to trap any remaining mature fruit flies. Though it can be an effective way to get rid of fruit flies, DIY drain cleaning can also pose risks.

Professional Plumbing Services

While homemade remedies often work, your invasion may be too large to solve on your own. If you think this is the case, it’s critical to call a reputable plumber, such as those at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric. By calling our experienced plumbing team, not only will we quickly and effectively get rid of the pesky fruit flies in your bathroom, but we will also inspect your drains and pipes for leaks. One of the most common reasons it’s difficult to remove the flies yourself is because it is difficult to reach the p trap, a self-sealing water pipe. Professionals have the skills and tubes to flush and repair these U-shaped pipes.

Fruit Fly Extermination: Plumbers in Boca Raton

If you discover fruit flies in your bathroom, don’t get too discouraged. They are a common occurrence in South Florida because of our humid climate. While they are a nuisance, they are usually easy to get rid of. Home remedies may take time. If you want fruit flies gone quickly, call Art Plumbing, AC & Electric at 1-561-391-1048 today!