How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Fast
Getting Rid of Fruit Flies In Your Home
Fruit flies are a big nuisance in every home: in every kitchen, every bathroom — pretty much everywhere you look. They seem to never go away, no matter what you do. If you're looking for quick tips on how to get rid of them fast, you've come to the right place.
Having been plagued by them for quite a while now, I've set out to learn how to get rid of them once and for all. During my research, I found several great methods that actually help. They might not be the most unique ones, but as long as they work, that's the whole point, right?
Here you will find out how to get rid of these buggers. In most cases, all you need are things from your own kitchen or home, and a bit of common sense, of course. If you know any other great tips, please share them in the comments below. Good luck!
Why Are They Here?
Fruit flies feed on alcohol. Every fruit that is ripe and begins to ferment produces alcohol, which attracts them faster than you can count to five. This means that every kind of food that ferments when left out in the open is a cause for concern. Also, now you know why these insects are the usual suspects you find around the garbage (or trash) bins that contain food waste!
With a very short life span, they also hatch very fast, usually in just a couple of hours. This is the "secret" for why they seem to appear out of nowhere, fast. Before you know it, you have an infestation in your home!
Where Do They Come From?
Fruit flies like to lay their eggs in a place where their offspring will have easy access to food, so ironically, the fruit and vegetables you bring in to your home may be the carriers of the eggs. They may also lay their eggs in a drain, a garbage disposal, garbage bags, in cleaning rags and mops, or inside soiled food containers. In other words, they'll lay eggs wherever they find food, and lay up to 500 eggs at a time.
DIY Fly Traps
Use Banana Peels
Banana is an old favorite of fruit flies, and you can use this to your advantage. This is how you do it:
- Peel a banana (and enjoy the fruit), then place the peel in a plastic bag.
- Punch a couple of holes through the bag, big enough for the flies to go through, but not huge, so they can't get out once inside. A toothpick works best.
- Place the plastic bag close to (or in) a fruit bowl that has been invaded by flies. Leave it around for a day.
- Within 24 hours, most of them will be in the bag, with no way out. Now you can take it out and dispose of it (or let them out, if you're an environmentalist).
Or Use an Empty Water Bottle
Remove the Source
When you notice an infestation in your home, it is a clear sign of a rotting source, be it a fruit or some vegetable (or even some spilled alcohol). If you get rid of the source, they'll disappear by themselves.
- Check every room of the house for rotten fruits and never leave food or fruits on the kitchen counter.
- Take the garbage out fast, especially in the hot summer months. Fruit flies love heat (which creates the rotten fruit in the first place) so make sure that you don't leave the trash inside overnight.
- Never leave alcoholic drinks or fruit beverages unattended for long out in the open. Before you know it, your home will be invaded by the insects.
- Always wash the dishes after eating. Never ever make the mistake of leaving them overnight in the sink.
- If you make your own compost, keep it separate from your living quarters. Compost = fruit flies.
How to Make a Vinegar Trap
While wine works very well, it's a pity to waste it on fruit flies when you could just as well enjoy it yourself. This is why it's better to use vinegar for trapping them, but not just any vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is the best stuff. Here's how to do it:
What you need:
- A cup, glass, or jar
- Some plastic (a bag or some saran wrap)
- Rubber bands
- Apple cider vinegar
How to make it:
The idea is that they'll smell the vinegar and rush to it, but then won't be able to get out.
- Put 1-2 inches of vinegar in the glass or cup.
- With a toothpick or the tip of a knife, make some small holes in the plastic bag, just big enough for the insects to enter.
- Next, place the plastic over the mouth of the glass and secure it in place with a rubber band. I've found that a rubber band works beautifully as it really keeps a tight seal.
- Finally, put the glass in the infested area and wait. Soon enough, you will start to see the container getting filled with the flies who can no longer exit.
One last tip: You can make several of these traps to place all over in several strategic locations for faster entrapment. It works quite well, I've done this at home!
Things to Use as Bait
- Apple cider vinegar
- Wine and other alcoholic drinks
- Any fruit (the riper, the better)
Did You Know...
Fruit flies are beneficial and have been used in agriculture (as biological control pests), in the study of biology, and in testing evolutionary or ecological theories?
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Did You Know...
Fruit flies have been sent into space? They are genetically similar to humans, so NASA sends them into space in order to learn more about the effects of space travel on health and immunity.