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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Do you have a sweet tooth? Yes? Sadly, so do the fruit flies. And when you are just about to dive into a bowl of freshly diced fruit, there may be a few pesky ones who would decide to lay a claim on your yummy dish and buzz over. Banishing them from your kitchen and house can be tough, but it isn’t impossible! Here is a detailed guide on the tried and tested methods to get rid of them.

But first, a little detail into your annoying nemesis.

About Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are a type of quick-reproducing flies that can immediately set up families inside your house once they get in. They can grow from an egg to an adult in the span of a single week, which makes it harder to get rid of them the longer you let them buzz around your house. Fruit flies feed off on any fermenting fruit in your house that they can find.  

 

The 5 Methods to Get Rid of Fruit Flies—For Good!

1. The Fruit and Cone Method

This method is quite effective, and you can easily set up the trap without worrying about the ingredients. The only materials you need for this trap include a tall container, bait, and a sheet of paper. Set the bait by placing some ripe fruit inside the container (wine bottle, vase, tall jar) and pour some vinegar to it. This will ferment the already ripe fruit quickly, attracting more fruit flies to the trap. Now you need to roll the sheet of paper into a paper cone/ funnel. Place this cone inside the container, and make sure that there are no spaces left in between the paper cone and the edge of the container. The only way in should be the cone.  

Place this trap in your kitchen, or where your fruit flies can be attracted easily, and leave it overnight. In the morning, you’ll see that the flies would be happily feeding on the fermented fruit. Pour a mixture of warm soapy water inside the container. This would kill the flies inside the trap. Rinse the container thoroughly and reuse it for another trap.

Alternatively, you can also use a coffee filter as a funnel and poke holes in it.  

2. Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

This is another great method of getting rid of the fruit flies. Mix four ounces of raw sugar, two ounces ground pepper, and a pint of milk in a saucepan and let the mixture simmer for about ten minutes. Then simply pour it into a shallow dish. Place this concoction in a fruit fly-infested place. The flies will be drawn to the mixture, and will drown.

Good riddance!

3.  The Bowl Fly Trap

This is another take on the fruit and cone method. While not as effective as the former, this can also be a good trap. Take a spare bowl and fill it with bait (fermented fruit like mashed berries, bruised banana etc.). Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and pike some holes in it with a fork. Don’t make the holes too big, or the flies would get out easily.

Similar to the fruit and cone method, place this bowl in an area where there are a lot of fruit flies, and leave it overnight. Dispose of the trapped flies in the morning. 

4. Vinegar, Vinegar Everywhere

Pour some vinegar in a bottle and cover it with plastic wrap. Secure it with a rubber band and poke a hole to allow the fruit flies to enter. They love the smell of vinegar and won’t be able to stay away! The best part? They won’t be able to leave once they enter the bottle. Get rid of the fruit flies in the morning the usual way—dishwater mixed with warm water.

Tip: If your fruit flies seem impervious to the plastic wrap, and keep flying away, then pour the vinegar to a bowl, and add a few drops of dishwater soap. The sap will increase the surface tension of the vinegar so that the flies won’t be able to fly away and will sink and drown, instead.

5. Buy Reliable Products from the Solutions Pest & Lawn

While these home remedies work really well, if you’re not the type to use these remedies, you can easily buy DIY pest control products that help you get rid of fruit flies in your home. There are several fruit fly control options to choose from here and we recommend using more than one method of control especially if you have a significant fruit fly problem. We have traps that work really well such as Musca-Stik, Vector 960 Fruit Fly Traps, Invite Fruit Fly traps, Natural fruit fly traps and even light traps like the Mantis Fly Light. What you choose depends upon your preference. There are also fogging sprays that can be effective like CB-PCO fogger. For fruit flies that are frequenting your drains, Forid Drain Gel cleaner can wipe up the gunk and organic matter that fruit flies are attracted to. 

Preventing a Fruit Fly Infestation

Prevention is better than cure. It is truer in the case of getting rid of fruit flies.

The infestation usually sprouts up when you bring home grocery that is already infected. Avoid the products that have a lot of flies buzzing around—it is a sure sign of infected produce. You really don’t want to bring home groceries with eggs that can hatch, grow and cause you endless trouble.

When you get fruits or vegetables in your home, eat them before they get overripe, and take out your trash regularly. Fruit flies are attracted to fermented products, so it is best not to have any in the house. A single fruit fly can lay 500 eggs, and unless you want your house to be infested with them, you better take care of your trash and fruits ripening in the fridge.

If you’re tired of fruit flies making life miserable on your property, following the tips we mentioned above and equipping yourself with the traps and preventative measures is your best bet in getting rid of fruit flies once and for all.

 

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