Those buzzing, pesky, small fruit flies are the last things you want to find in front of your face—especially when you’re cooking dinner or sitting down for breakfast.
And for such little pests, they’re sure to prove a tough challenge to get rid of once they’re here.
Luckily, there are simple and effective ways to get rid of fruit flies quickly by using natural fruit fly traps that can be DIYed at home.
With some strategic cleaning and a few household supplies, you can stop these insects in their tracks.
First of all, what causes fruit flies?
If you’re looking to get rid of fruit flies, you might be wondering how you got them first.
According to Orkin experts, fruit flies are attracted to ripe, rotten or decayed fruit and produce, as well as to fermented products such as beer, liquor and wine.
They can also inhabit trash cans and garbage disposal if there is enough food.
Female fruit flies lay about 500 eggs at a time, and the eggs will hatch in as little as 24 hours.
Obviously, that makes it almost impossible to control these critters.
To remove fruit flies from their food source and prevent them from entering your home, take these preventive measures to get rid of fruit flies.
- Throw out the overripe production
- Store fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator.
- Wash the food as soon as you get home to remove any potential eggs or larvae
- Take the garbage out regularly
- Clean ASAP spills, especially fruit juice or alcohol
Can I just use bleach to kill fruit flies?
You might consider pouring bleach down the drain if you notice fruit flies in your drain.
Doing so may kill some larvae, but it won’t kill enough eggs or larvae to get rid of the problem.
That’s because bleach passes through the drain too quickly to do a thorough job.
How to get rid of fruit flies by using a DIY fruit fly trap:
- Make a trap with apple vinegar and plastic wrap.
- Trap flies with a paper cinnamon, vinegar and old fruit.
- Drown flies with a bowl of vinegar and a dish of soap.
- Put out an almost empty bottle of old wine or beer.
You may also want to double-check that your pests in question are not draining mosquitoes that lurk around drains or garbage disposals, or fungus mosquitoes that prefer overwatered houseplants.
For those critters, you’re going to want to check out our guide on how to get rid of the gnats.
Fruit flies usually appear light or dark brown with red eyes. If you are sure you have correctly identified the critters, then try one of these effective remedies to get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Plastic Wrap
Pour a little apple cider vinegar into a glass for this DIY fruit fly trap, or just remove the cap from the bottle.
(It doesn’t have to be full—it’ll work almost empty, too.)
Cover the opening with plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band.
Then poke a few small holes to allow the fruit flies to enter.
They can’t resist the smell of vinegar, and they’re not going to be able to leave when they’re inside.
For an even better chance of success, make some of these traps and put them around your kitchen.
A Paper Cone, Vinegar, and Old Fruit
Place a little vinegar and a piece of very ripe fruit in a jar.
Then roll a piece of paper into a cone and stick it to the jar, place the narrow opening down.
(You can then recycle or compost the homemade funnel.)
The smell of rotting produce helps to attract fruit flies to the mixture, but the cone part of this fruit fly trap makes it difficult for them to get out of it.
Vinegar and Dish Soap
If you find your fruit flies impervious to your plastic wrap or paper cone traps, try adding three drops of dish soap to a bowl of vinegar and leave it uncovered.
Soap cuts the surface tension of the vinegar so that the flies sink and drown.
Old Wine or Beer
Fruit flies love the smell of wine, like vinegar.
Try leaving the bottle open with a little liquid left over—the skinny neck will keep the flies trapped.
Old Farmer’s Almanac also recommends the use of stale beer to attract fruit flies to the DIY trap.
Add a few drops of dish soap to either of them for more success.
Aunt Fannie’s FlyPunch
Chemists at the Good Housekeeping Institute were thrilled to see this product cross their desks, especially Senior Chemist Sabina Wizemann, who found that it worked better in her home than other DIY remedies she had tried.
The mixture uses the active ingredients sodium lauryl sulfate (a surfactant used in soap) and malic acid (found in fruit) and comes in a stand-up jar.
All you have to do is open the top, set it on your counter, and watch the life cycle unfold.
This article is paraphrased. Original source: goodhousekeeping.com
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