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How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally


The smell of fresh food in the warm sun is inviting. There is nothing better than warm breeze, delicious food and freshly plucked fruits. You have planned a romantic dinner out in the front lawn with your special someone and suddenly, you are both attacked by pesky flies! How would that go?

Summer season invites all kinds of delicacies and these flies come with the package. Thankfully, there are natural ways you can get rid of flies from both inside your home and on the outskirts as well. Preventive measures can be taken which would not let flies coming in your home again.

About a Fruit Fly

Fruit flies are attracted to moist, fermenting surfaces. Any fruit that starts to over ripen, a fly would be very quick in infesting that area. At one time, a fruit fly can lay up to 500 eggs! Can you imagine how many flies that is? It is this reason why it is recommended that a ripened fruit should be discarded; you can eat the rest though.

Flies will lay eggs and infest your home in dark and moist areas. This could be anywhere, from fruit baskets to places under the sink and even decomposing trash. The trick is to make sure that every surface remains clean and dry.

Trap them in!

A natural way of getting rid of flies is by creating a trap. Flies love apply cedar vinegar, so you can create a trap for them. Heat up some vinegar and pour it in a jar, it just has to be enough for a fly to drown in it. Add a drop of dish soap to break the surface tension and add in a piece of ripped fruit in the jar.

Next, create a paper funnel and insert inside the jar. The flies will be tempted by the fruit and the vinegar and will fly in the funnel. Since there is soap in the mixture, the flies can’t just sit and fly off when they are done, they will drown.  The funnel gives them a route in the jar but they cannot come out of it.

Create a Trap for the Entrances

If you have some produce that you let sit outside for too long - use it! In a jar, put in some over-ripened or rotting fruit and seal the opening with a plastic wrap. You can secure the wrap with a rubber band and then poke holes in the wrap using a toothpick. The flies will be drawn in the jar but won’t be able to get out.

Create more jars and place them strategically around the house. Look for spots where you see a lot of flies and place jars there, like windows and doors. You can place one jar near the entrance and one near your dining table for that romantic dinner. Let the flies enjoy their fruit and the jars fill.

Once you feel that no more flies will be coming in, you can submerge the jar in hot, soapy water and leave the jar in there for 10 minutes. The water and soap will kill the flies and you can make these traps again.

Intoxicate Them

Ever seen an intoxicated fly buzz past you? Well, you can. Just like humans, flies also get intoxicated by wine. They love red wine and you can create a trap for them using wine. In a bottle with some wine left, you can leave it out in the open, uncapped and wait for the flies to make their way in it. The flies will drink the wine and die in the bottle. This is probably the best to die, without feeling a thing!

Another tried and tested method of a trap is by mixing milk, sugar and black pepper. Simply simmer the mixture for 10 minutes and set it around the house. The flies will be drawn to it and drown. If you notice that the flies come near and fly away, add a drop of liquid soap to break the surface tension of the mixture.

Prevent them from Coming Back

Always take care of your produce properly. Fruits, leftover food and drinks should be covered in air tight containers and kept in the fridge. The garbage should be thrown out and away from the house. Vegetable and fruit peels should always be trashed outside the house. A good sense is to throw the trash out immediately.

Special care should be taken when handling cooked food and ripped fruits. Ripped fruits should be kept in the freezer to stop the process of rotting and leftovers should be stored properly. Flies infest on food that is ready.

Do not leave wet and dirty rags in the kitchen as they can become a house for flies’ infestation. The drain is a popular spot for flies to lay eggs. Keeping the kitchen clean will always discourage flies from making a home in your kitchen. Clean under the stove and around the refrigerator to prevent flies’ infestation.

Seal the windows and doors of your home with a net screen to prevent flies from flying in and out. This measure is great to prevent other flying insects to take up residence in your home. Flying insects carry a lot of diseases with them and preventing yourself and your family from them is the best you can do for them.

Solutions Pest & Lawn Has Professional DIY Fruit Fly Control Products

Solutions Pest & Lawn has all you need to effectively get rid of fruit flies. From sticky traps to hang in your kitchen, or sprays specially designed to knockdown flies fast.  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 Trap, Natural Catch Fruit Fly Traps and even light traps like the Mantis Flylight 1x2. What you choose depends upon your preference. There are also fogging sprays that can be effective like CB PCO Insect Fogger. For fruit flies that are frequenting your drains, Drain Gel cleaner can wipe up the gunk and organic matter that fruit flies are attracted to.


We hope this article has helped you decide how you want to tackle the infestation of fruit flies around your home. For more help or DIY advice, contact us at 800-479-6583 or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com and we will be happy assist you.



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