Fruit flies are often attracted to perishable items like tomatoes, apples, pears, grapes and more that can easily turn bad and ferment. If they’re not fruit flies, they might be drain flies which are attracted to stagnant pools of water in pipes and other drainage areas.
These look like gnats and will breed and feed on sewage. Fruit flies and fruit flies look quite different so do research to find out which ones you have.
For those suffering with a fly infestation, fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared their methods for getting rid of flies from homes.
The cleaning and lifestyle influencer has more than 4.5 million followers on Instagram and often shares her garden and home tips online.
Fans of hers have taken to social media in recent years to share their own hacks for solving common household problems.
On one such group, Facebook user Becky Deehan posted: “Help needed! So tonight I found tiny flies black/brown in colour all over the bathroom – they’re everywhere!
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Becky’s post was inundated with more than 50 comments from Mrs Hinch fans but the most common suggestion was to use vinegar, washing up liquid and water.
Suzanne Hooper said: “Get a small bowl, put brown vinegar in, cover with cling film, pierce small-ish holes in with a one fork prong.
“They should get attracted to the vinegar, go in the bowl but not get out again.”
Sarah Walton agreed but suggested adding orange juice to attract them into the container.
She said: “Pour some fresh orange or fruit juice in a glass along with some white vinegar and washing liquid.
“Leave it in the room for a few days. If they’re moving around the house pop a glass in each room!”
Stephanie Bialek wrote: “Water, washing up liquid and cider vinegar in a jar left on display.”
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Chanelle Louise commented: “I had these and have managed to evict them. What I did was pop a bowl of water with washing up liquid and vinegar.
“Put some cling film over the top and a piece tiny hole in it. They can get in but can’t get back out.
“I haven’t seen any for a while. Hope they go soon as I know how annoying they are.”
Emma Lowes suggested: “We had this issue. I bought some of those sticky things and did the vinegar in a jar and it worked. Still a few loitering but nothing as bad as it was.”
Vicki Pennycook agreed and wrote: “I’ve had the same apple cider vinegar and a small dash of washing up liquid in a bowl with cling film over the top with a few tiny holes poked in and it’s worked a treat.”
Whs Karen said: “I did the apple cider vinegar but they weren’t going in the holes so I took the cling film off and it still worked.”
Alyshea Larkin replied: “If they’re like fruit flies, I mix water and washing up liquid and leave it in an open bowl. It seems to attract them.”
Vinegar and washing up liquid can be found in most households. However, those who don’t have them can buy them affordably online or from local supermarkets.
Sainsbury’s Washing Up Liquid costs 45p for 450ml. Tesco Washing Up Liquid Limited Edition Seasonal costs 33p for 450ml.
Wilko’s Platinum Original Washing Up Liquid costs £1 for 750ml.
Tesco Distilled Vinegar costs 29p for 568ml while Sainsbury’s Distilled Vinegar is 40p for the same quantity.
Sarson’s Distilled Malt Vinegar costs 568ml from Morrisons.
Other suggestions from Facebook users included using fly spray, cleaning drains, vacuuming them and opening the window.
Tami Baker said: “I have suddenly got these, I have no idea where they’ve come from!
“I sprayed them with fly spray, I’m hoping that does the trick.”
Simone Godwin replied: “Vacuum them mid-air. Go in every 20 minutes and they will be gone.”
Aimee White commented: “You need to clean your drains. I had the same issue but clean my drains every week and not had them since.”
Ann Fowler wrote: “Spray of Raid fly spray twice a day until they stop. One of my plants had this issue.”
Laura Clark suggested: “I know they don’t look like drain flies, but thoroughly clean all the drains anyway – just in case!
“Pouring boiling water down them as well as cleaning them normally will help rule out any decomposing matter in the pipes from being a cause.”
Andrea Green said: “Have you left a window open and a light on? This happened to my Mum, she spent hours trying to swat them all.
“Try shutting the door, light off in the bathroom, window open and a light on outside.”