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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies In Your House

It has happened to the best of us, just when we are about to take a big juicy bite of our favorite fruit, we sort of get cross eyed as we find a crawling, disgusting fruit fly that has already beaten us to the punch. You’d think that given their name, fruit flies would just stick to fruits, but they won’t. Anything edible that you forget to put in the refrigerator at the right time will be found feasted upon by these tiny nuisances.

Maddening, isn’t it? Well it doesn’t have to be. Irksome as these fruit flies are, they are certainly not invincible. With some smart tricks and brainy ideas, you can easily get rid of them.

But first, you need to know what you are up against

A Little Something about Fruit Flies:

Fruit flies are also referred to as the Filth Flies mainly because they like to infest on rotten things and contaminate edible food items with disease-spawning organisms. Their breeding grounds are versatile too. From rotten fruits and vegetable to garbage and drains, they are pretty flexible in their choice of home. Scientifically, fruit flies are termed one of the species of the house flies and named Drosophila Melanogaster. Their distinguishing trait is their red eyes–some have dark ones–black abdomen and tan thorax. While outdoors the fruit flies only show up during the scorching summers, but in the indoors they are active throughout the year.   

This means that weather certainly can’t help you keep the fruit flies out o f your home, but these tricks certainly can.

Methods to Flush Out the Fruit Flies from Your House

Know this; the Fruit flies have outstayed their welcome the second you catch sight of them. So without wasting another minute, get down to the business and show these nuisances the way out of the door.  Here’s what you can do:

  1. Let loose the Vinegar

This method of getting rid of the fruit flies is so easy and convenient that you’ll regret not knowing it earlier. All you need to do is use a jar or a bowl with a wide mouth and fill it with a cup of apple cider vinegar. Add a few magic drops of dish soap detergent and set the dish in the spot with most fruit flies. The smell of the vinegar will charm the fruit flies, but as soon as they come closer to enjoy the drink, they’ll drown because the dish soap would have broken the surface tension. And within minutes, you bowl of vinegar will be a bowl of floating fruit flies. Be warned though, this wouldn’t work unless you have gotten rid of the real breeding ground of the flies, which in your case could be a rotten fruit, vegetable or a raw meat left out.

  1. Treat Your Drain with Hot Soapy Water

As we mentioned earlier, fruit flies are not exactly limited in their options of breeding ground and one of them are the drains in your home. Just to be sure, you can use a plastic wrap with honey or fruit juice spread over it. Place it sweet-side down on the drain. If you find the fruit flies stuck to the wrap then your drain needs some soapy treatment.  First off, rid your drain from any fruit peels, and then pour a jar full of steaming soapy water down the drain. The clean drain will at once kill the buzz of the flies, both literally and figuratively.

  1. Sugar and Milk with a Dash of Pepper

Combine some milk, sugar and pepper and you have a recipe for disaster just for the fruit flies. All you need is to add is a pint of milk with 4 ounces of raw sugar and 2 ounces of pepper in a saucepan and let it all simmer over a medium flame for ten minutes. Pour the mixture in a shallow bowl and watch as the little nuisances come flying to sweetness of sugar and drown in the attempt. It would be a bitter sweet ending for sure.  

  1. Bring Out the Red Wine

Home is definitely not where the wine is, at least not for the fruit flies. Just pour them a jar of red wine and spike it with dish soap detergent. Watch the jar after a few hours and you’ll find a horde of fruit flies drowning inside.

  1. Trap Them

This is the oldest method in the book but still one of the most effective. If you don’t have a red wine or apple cider vinegar present at hand then just use a chunk of any ripe fruit and place it in a jar. Next, roll a piece of paper and stick it in the jar’s mouth. The fruit will draw the flies in but the rolled out paper will block their way out, trapping them indefinitely in the charge.

If you find these methods to be a little too much work, then invest in sprays and insecticides and squirt the flies off with some effective chemicals.   

Preventing the Invasion of Fruit Flies in the First Place

Don’t think you are done when the above mentioned tricks have helped you get rid of the fruit flies. You still have to tackle the procedure of prevention to avoid the future infestation of these flies in your home. The prevention method is more like a adopting some habits. From now on, stop leaving unwashed dishes in the sink; do not leave sliced fruits on the counter or in the fruit basket table for more than one hour. Also, get rid of the trash bags at the end of the day.

Basically, when you come right down to it, the key prevention tip is to keep your house and kitchen clean. And to always keep an eye out for something rotten in the house.

Sick of Home Remedies? Use Professional Products from Solutions Pest & Lawn

If the DIY pest control tips we shared with you above don’t “fly” with you (no pun intended), then you can always go the pesticide route. However, we advise against using pesticides you’d find at a big box store or a grocery store aisle. You need high quality products which the pros use, available for you to use at home yourself, which is what we have here at Solutions Pest & Lawn

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.

You can get all you need to eliminate fruit flies by purchasing our convenient Guaranteed Fly Control Kit. Order it today and get those dreaded fruit flies out of your home for good!

For more pest control DIY advice and information, contact us at 800-479-6583 or send us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com

 

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