How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Bathroom

Fruit flies in the Tampa bathroom? If you’ve seen these pesky little flies buzzing around your head while you brush your teeth, Cass Plumbing can help. Though they don’t bite or sting, fruit flies are a nuisance – populations can quickly escalate out of control if nothing is done to stop them. Read on to get rid of fruit flies in your bathroom and keep them away.


A good place to start is looking around for any attractants. Removing any temptation for the fruit flies to be there is a great way to deter them. There could be a piece of food in the trash or even hidden behind the toilet/vanity. Even if nothing sweet is in the room, fruit flies prefer warm, moist places like bathrooms.

Fruit flies may also be attracted to any debris in your sink or shower drain. If you notice fruit flies in your drain, they could be sewer gnats, which look very similar. Whatever they are, they aren’t welcome! Luckily, the methods in this blog work on both types of bugs.


Try to make the bathroom a less hospitable environment for the flies. Remove any moist towels, mops or clothing in the bathroom. Fix any leaks, and wipe up any standing water. Control moisture and humidity in the room with a fan or vent.


Once you’ve removed any temptations for the flies, you can make your own DIY fly trap with: three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and water with a few drops of dish soap in a disposable cup. Cover the cup with plastic wrap secured with a rubber band, and poke a few holes in the plastic cover with a toothpick. Flies will be drawn to the cup and never get out.


Clean out your drains with boiling water or boiling white vinegar to kill sewer gnats or fruit flies breeding in your drains. This should kill any larvae inside the pipes and destroy the type of habitat the flies like. You may also mechanically clean the pipes with a drain snake to remove any debris the flies are attracted to. Afterward, cover the drain with duct tape for 24 hours – remaining flies that try to escape should stick to the tape.


If you need to have your drains professionally cleaned to remove all traces of fruit or sewer flies and their habitat, just call the Tampa plumbing professionals at Cass Plumbing. Our plumbing experts hate those pesky flies just as much as you do, and we have the right equipment to thoroughly clean your pipes. While we’re there we can inspect your plumbing for any leaks or other issues that may be causing the fly problem in the first place. Just call 813-265-9200.