How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

How to Get Rid of Fruit FliesFruit flies can be troublesome bugs to banish once they have gotten into your home.  Attracted by fermenting fruits and vegetables, one of a fruit fly’s favorite places is the kitchen.  While their lifespan is relatively short, their population in your home can expand exponentially as a female can lay up to 500 eggs at a time.  With numbers like these, your house can quickly become overrun with an infestation of fruit flies.  Follow these simple tricks on how to get rid of fruit flies.

Focus on a Clean Kitchen

Since fruit flies thrive on overripe fruit and vegetables, often even laying their eggs on these foods, it is important to toss any food before it gets to this point.  You should also be diligent about keeping the drains free of food particles that may attract these pests, running the garbage disposal regularly to clear out any food that may be in there.  Fruit flies hate clean surfaces, so regularly scrubbing kitchen counters and tables will help to deter them from your home.

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Set a Fruit Fly Trap

Once they have invaded and reproduced in your home, getting rid of fruit files can feel like a loosing battle.  Fortunately, there are some simple fruit fly traps that you can make yourself, often with things that you already have in the kitchen.  For one of the most effective DIY traps, mix together apple cider vinegar with a drop of dish soap in a deep bowl or mason jar.  The sweetness of the apple cider vinegar will attract the fruit flies, but the dish soap will decrease surface tension making it impossible for them to escape.  If you do not have apple cider vinegar on hand, red wine or balsamic vinegar will do the trick.

There are also a number of commercial products and traps that can be used to get rid of fruit flies in your home.  Keep in mind that these traps will eliminate the adult fruit flies but eggs may still be hatching in your kitchen.  By getting rid of old fruit that has been sitting out, you may likely be also removing the fruit fly eggs from your home.

Begin diligent about removing old food before it goes bad and keeping your kitchen drain free from food bits will go a long way to preventing a future fruit fly problem in your home.

 

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Updated 7/21/2021