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The most important step in getting rid of fruit flies is to locate the organic matter that the fruit flies are using as their food source. If you fail to find and remove the item or properly clean the area where the fruit flies are reproducing, you will have a new influx of fruit flies very soon.
Where Do Fruit Flies Come From, Live, & Hide
Fruit flies are very opportunistic and can breed in many areas that may be overlooked. Fruit flies are attracted to the aroma of fruit and other decaying matter and they can show up very quickly after fruit is left out on the counter. They can smell fruit from very far away and are able to get into your home through the smallest of holes, making it appear like they came from nowhere.
You should inspect the following areas to find the decaying organic matter that fruit flies are breeding in:
On counters where fruit or vegetables are stored
In trash cans, under trashbags
In drip pans under the refrigerator
In sink or floor drains
Under kitchen appliances where fruit juice or vegetable juices may have spilled
Around or under loose floor or counter tiles
Near the kick plate under counters
In soda lines of drink dispensing machines
If you are having trouble locating where the fruit flies are breeding, you can try placing out small glue boards in the room where the fruit flies are being found. Inspect the glue boards daily and note which glue boards have the most activity. This will help you close in on the breeding location. The glue boards with the lure will also help to eliminate actively breeding fruit flies and monitor level of infestation.