Fruit flies are a huge pain for anyone who uses fresh fruit or even just alcohol bottles at their bar. Today we’re talking about some tips & tricks to get rid (or at least reduce the number) of that pesky fruit fly population!

(Note that this article has been updated from a 2014 post.)


How to Be an Amazing Fruit Fly Killer:

Tips for Getting Rid of Fruit Flies:

1. Minimize the Resources

Try to reduce food and water residue on your bar by keeping it super clean and tidy. Make sure your bottles of alcohol or any other containers that contain food are sealed properly before you end your shift.

We all know these annoying drain flies love alcohol vapor, which draws them in. One easy way to keep them out of your spirits and fruity mixers is to use the A Bar Above liquor bottle pour spouts, which features an internal cover that keeps your doses of alcohol fruit-fly-free.


An alcohol pour spout as a bar pest control product for vinegar flies

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Clean up and throw out your trash regularly. Seems obvious, but the trash can is one of the best opportunities for adult flies to find food and lay eggs. Not good!

black bar mat with glass spilling on it

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Bar mats collect organic material, making them like a homemade fruit fly trap! Clean them off frequently, at least every night, to eliminate food debris and alcohol concentration.


Ensure that your ice well is completely dry, as well as your bar sink, beer tap, and anywhere else you may have standing liquids.


Pay a lot of attention to places that have lots of organic materials, water, and other residue. These are huge opportunities for flies to lay eggs – which is both extremely gross and will create an even bigger fruit fly problem at your bar.

Make sure to clean up common fruit fly sources like fruit trays, properly putting away all ripe fruit (or overripe fruit, for that matter). Make sure your empty beer bottles are disposed of each night instead of leaving them to be taken out in the morning, and cover food items with plastic wrap during service.

Here are a few products that I recommend for dealing with fruit flies

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Place these in the area where you consistently notice large concentrations of fruit flies.

This will help to prevent destroy any fruit fly eggs that are going to hatch in your floor drains. Pour a little down the drain before you leave for the night.

These fruit fly traps can help manage the active fruit flies, while Hot Shot and Bio Drain can help keep the next generation from forming.

Do you have fruit fly issues at your bar? Do you have any tips I’ve missed? Let me know!

Chris Tunstall

Co-Founder of A Bar Above and career bartender and mixologist. I love experimenting, creating cocktails, and drinking Green Chartreuse.