To successfully control a fruit fly invasion, first locate the breeding source and place the FlyFix nearby. Common breeding sources include areas where overripe fruit is present, such as on a kitchen counter or dining room table as well as in or near garbage or compost bins. The magnetic FlyFix clip allows you to easily attach the FlyFix to any metal appliance like a waste bin or sink. It is always a good idea to take some preventative measures and eliminate breeding sources, such as overripe fruit or trash, whenever possible.
The FlyFix is such a versatile product that you have the option to use non-toxic liquids or fruit lure. Our recommendations for liquid lures are to mix apple cider vinegar with water (tip: use organic apple cider vinegar containing real fermented apples), wine or beer, or a yeast concoction containing water, sugar, and dry activated yeast. For solid lures, be sure to use a ripe (preferably overripe) piece of fruit with skin still attached, like a banana.
Because there are many species of fruit flies, and they vary by region, you may need to experiment to see which lure works best for your particular pests. Fruit flies are attracted to fermentation, so using ready-to-eat ripe fruit from your fruit bowl may be the easiest solution – simply place a few slices of the ripest fruit in the FlyFix and cover the remaining fruit in your bowl.
Be sure that you have a fruit fly and not a gnat infestation. Gnats can be similar in appearance to fruit flies, they are not attracted to fruit, yeast, fermentation, etc. Therefore the FlyFix may not be an effective solution if you aren’t dealing with fruit flies.
The lure should be replaced every few days or so – it needs to remain damp, as moisture is essential in maintaining effectiveness. Do not allow the lures – liquid or fruit – to become composted or you may attract more flies!
Depending on the size of the infestation in your home, you may notice results right away or in a few weeks as the life span of a fruit fly is only 2 weeks. If you see no improvement in 2 weeks, you may need to change the type of lure you’re using, place the FlyFix in another location, and/or ensure that you have eradicated other possible breeding sites in your home (i.e overripe fruit in the kitchen, trash or compost bins).
It depends on what type of lure that you used – if you used a liquid lure in which the flies have drowned, simply twist the top of the FlyFix off and pour the contents into the sink, rinse and reuse! If you used fruit as a lure, hold the intact FlyFix under running water in the sink. Twist to the water icon and allow water to run into the opening and fill the trap ¼ – ½ full. Cover the opening with your hand and shake to effectively drown the trapped fruit flies. Twist to the unlock icon, open the top and discard contents into the sink.
If you do not wish to kill the flies, carry the intact FlyFix outside to an area clear of your home, garbage bins, or outside compost and release.
It depends on what type of lure that you used. Liquid lures work to drown the flies while solid (fruit) lures work to trap the flies inside of the FlyFix. If using solid (fruit) lures, please refer to the question, “How do I dispose of fruit flies once trapped?”