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Why are there fruit flies in my bathroom and how can I get rid of them?

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How to get rid of flies naturally

Here are a few ways to naturally eliminate flies in your bathroom:

  1. Pour hot water down the drains once or twice per week.
  2. Push a metal pipe brush back and forth in pipes, then pour a lot of boiling water to remove the filth.
  3. Set up fly-traps: in a bowl, put equal parts of water, white vinegar, and sugar. Add 5-10 drops of liquid dish drops and let it stay near the sink overnight. The flies with being drawn by the sweet scent of the liquid and then drown.
  4. Pour half a cup each of salt, baking soda and vinegar down a drain then allow it to stay overnight. then, pour lots of boiling water in the morning.
  5. Pour a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar into a glass before tightly covering it with plastic wrap. Make holes in the wrap with a toothpick or fork, then place the glass just next to the sink. The flies will be drawn to the vinegar and enter the glass then drown.

Final Thoughts

Contrary to popular belief, bleach is not very effective against flies. It may get rid of fly larvae, but when you pour it down the drain, it passes too quickly and, therefore, fails to penetrate the thick build-up in which female flies have deposited their eggs. This is why it is not an effective method of getting rid of flies.

With the tips and tricks outlined in this post, it should now be relatively easier for you to get rid of the flies in your bathroom.

How to give your cat a bath without them freaking out

Anthony, DVM, is an experienced practitioner of feline-exclusive medicine and the medical director and owner for the Aurora Cat Hospital as well as Aurora Cat Hospital and Hotel situated in Aurora, Colorado. “Many people ask me when they get a new cat how often they should be bathing them and how to bathe a cat without getting scratched,” she says. In their nature, cats are extremely meticulous creatures, and they are capable of keeping themselves well-maintained.”

If a bath is inevitable, being calm can help both of you. Get ready to:

  • Select a time that she has taken a break or eaten, since she’ll be more relaxed.
  • If you can, trim the nails prior to the bath, and then file the ends after clipping them to reduce their shine.
  • Place all the bathing supplies easily accessible, and include treats that you can reward her with at the end of the day. Some cat lovers will even warm towels in dryers and then use aromatherapy so that they feel more relaxed. It is important to use shampoo and rinse designed specifically for cats.
  • You can plan a quick grooming session that will make handling her fur much more comfortable.

Here are some more suggestions from Anthony for bathing your cat without scratching them and, most importantly, without overstressing your pet.

  1. Find a friend who is understanding to assist. One of you can pet the cat while another is bathing her.
  2. Make sure to keep running water to a minimum. The actual sound can cause cats to be scared and the most important thing you’d like to avoid would be to shield yourself from a slippery and sharp cat. In the event that you do not have a soft sprayer, you can use a break-resistant cup to wash.
  3. Fill a sink just a few inches of water that is warm. Get the dirty parts of the cat soaked and then apply shampoo. Only wash the areas that you require, and then wash thoroughly. Apply a washcloth to the ears and face.
  4. Then, follow the shampoo with the cream wash. This is important as you don’t want remove her natural oils and cause dry skin. Allow it to sit for up to five minutes and then wash thoroughly.
  5. Dry your towel as thoroughly as is possible. Then, remove loose hair using an abrasive comb. The cat will groom for quite a while after bathing, and getting rid of any hair helps to reduce the amount of hairballs.

If your cat doesn’t like water in any way it is possible to test dry cat shampoos or professional groomers suggested by a vet.

Funnel Stinky Bottle

The last measure I took to get rid of the fruit flies was to take an almost empty beer can and place a paper funnel into it. This idea is the same as the ACV and saran wrap with holes poked in it, the flies are attracted to the smell and go in through the larger end of the funnel but can’t figure out how to get back out.

If you don’t have half empty beer cans laying around (we usually don’t either, but luckily an uncle who likes beer was over for dinner and left a few behind) you can use wine bottles, juice bottles or soda cans – anything that would attract a fly really!

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in a Bathroom

After reading about the fascinating life of a fruit fly, I researched how to get rid of them. It turns out there are lots of methods you can use! I’ll list the methods I did first and then go over some others that I’d try in the future should I ever have a small infestation of fruit flies again (fingers crossed I don’t though!) And again, I use all natural methods so these are totally safe around pets and kids and won’t cause cancer.

You could use any of the tactics below for getting rid of fruit flies that are also in your kitchen. However, if they’re in your kitchen and you leave food out on the counters, your first plan of attack should be to either get that food/fruit in the fridge or cover it in airtight containers.

It also helps to get rid of anything damp or wet as fruit flies love that type of breeding habitat!

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Poke holes in saran wrap covering a shallow dish of ACV!

What Do Drain Flies Eat?

Drain flies primarily live on organic material found in standing water, which often includes sewage or other contaminated water, typically when it causes a film to build up in a humid area of pipes with standing water. Because of this, your drains are an ideal place for drain flies to thrive and reproduce. They can also find food and sewage near a collection of garbage, animal waste, or compost.

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