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Have you walked into your bathroom and noticed tiny fruit flies buzzing around? It can be extremely frustrating, especially if you’ve tried everything to get rid of them. Fruit flies are attracted to the sweet smell of ripe fruit and can also seek shelter in hazy pipes or an unclean shower as breeding grounds. These little flies can quickly multiply, so it’s important to take action as soon as possible. This blog post aims to provide you with some tips on how to get rid of fruit flies in your bathroom.

Identify the Source

The first step in getting rid of fruit flies in your bathroom is to determine the source of the infestation. The most common source of fruit flies in the bathroom is fruit, which may be in your bathroom for reasons such as a forgotten lunch snack, or it has been carried over airborne. The most ideal remedy is to get rid of any organic matter, including the fruit. Failing to deprive them of their breeding and nesting ground will allow the flies to continue multiplying, making it difficult to get rid of them.

Clean your bathroom

The second step is to clean your bathroom thoroughly. Empty the trash, wipe down any surfaces, and wash down any drains. Any gunk that has built up in your bathroom can offer the perfect breeding ground for fruit flies, which is why your directive should be to do a deep clean in the bathroom. Hardier species of the fruit fly can breed in the drains, so it is essential to be meticulous in the cleaning and include the floor tiles, walls, showerhead, and any damp corners where the fruit flies can find a home. Avoid using strong detergents as they can create an odor barrier from which the fruit flies can detect a food source.

Utilize Essential Oils

Essential oils are anti-inflammatory, helps sanitize surfaces, and also deter fruit flies. Citrus oils such as lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange offer a refreshing fragrance while simultaneously repelling fruit flies. Mix a few drops of essential oil with water to create a spray bottle and use the solution to wipe down any surfaces in your bathroom. This solution will also help mask any odors that may attract fruit flies.

Invest in a Trap

Traps are the most straightforward and reliable way to get rid of fruit flies. You can purchase traps from your local hardware or garden store. You can also make your trap using a jar, vinegar, and a plastic top. Add some vinegar to the jar and cover it with the top, use a toothpick to poke a few holes through the lid. The fruit flies will be drawn to the smell of vinegar and fly into the jar. Once inside the jar, they will be trapped, and you can dispose of them by flushing them down the toilet.

Contact a Plumbing Professional

If the infestation is beyond your control, your next best bet would be to contact an expert in the field. Ask your plumber to perform a drain cleaning service or inspect your pipes for any clogs. When exploring these sections, they may also perform a thorough plumbing checkup to ensure your bathroom remains free of fruit flies.


Suppose you’ve tried every remedy, and the fruit flies still persist. In that case, you can contact a plumbing professional to examine your pipes and offer a solution. Remember, prevention is key, and staying vigilant about cleanliness will also help prevent future fruit fly infestations. With these tips, you should be able to get rid of any fruit flies buzzing around your bathroom. Getting rid of them sooner rather than later will keep you from having a much bigger issue on your hands.

Don’t let fruit flies keep you from enjoying your home. If you’re still struggling with an infestation, or simply want a professional’s touch to ensure your plumbing is in the best shape, don’t hesitate to reach out to S3 Plumbing. Our experienced team is always here to help ensure your home is pest free and your plumbing systems are operating optimally. Contact us today for a consultation. We’re just a call away!