Fruit flies are little pesky fruit-adoring pests that live practically in every nook and cranny of your home. Fruit flies can be present throughout the whole year but they thrive the most during the warm months of the year. They can lay up to 500 eggs in a single day.
How do you get a fruit fly infestation? They love temperatures over 25 degrees and their little larvae can hatch within 24 hours when the right conditions are met. It all makes searching for effective and fast solutions to get rid of flies extremely important.
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies with Vinegar
Fruit flies spread within seconds around the kitchen as soon as you open the rubbish bin. Especially, with a fruit or vegetable out in the open, it’s as easy as pie to get infested with fruit flies. Using a cloth to chase them off is a mission impossible.
So, what is your best option?
Attack – as they say, is the best form of defence but you need to use the proper tool. A spray bottle – close to mind, too simple, but does the job, depending on what you will fill it with.
- Pour water, vinegar and detergent in a bowl.
- Mix the ingredients well to create the ultimate fruit fly killer.
- The smell of vinegar attracts the tiny flies like honey.
- The trap activates when the fruit flies gather with greed around the mixture and try to “land” in the water.
- The water surface tension breaks down and the flies go under, where the detergent does its job with a quick and certain demise.
How to Make a Fruit Fly Bowl Trap
Another way to deal with the house flies is to come up with a hand-made trap:
- Use the top food items on the fruit fly’s menu – apple cider vinegar, beer or red wine;
- Fill a bowl with one of those liquids;
- Cover the bowl with a layer of plastic wrapping paper;
- Stretch the paper out and fix it with a rubber so it’s stable;
- Pierce several small holes in it, using a fork;
- The tiny openings will play a role as a doorway to a false feast for the little critters – they are never getting out of the container;
How to Catch Fruit Flies Alive
If you are wondering how to catch fruit flies alive, then here’s a method you can try:
- Put a banana peel in an open plastic bag;
- The flying insects won’t take too long before they start gathering merrily on the surface;
- After the bag turns into a paradise island for the fruit flies, seal it and take it outside;
- There you can release the fly cloud into the fresh air again;
How to Use The Hair Dryer as a Weapon
Anyone who wants to get rid of fruit flies quickly and easily may have to recourse to the hair dryer. While it may sound a bit crazy at first, it is actually extremely effective.
However, the way to correctly execute this tactic is to place the hair-drier directly inside the vicinity of the flies (fruit basket or the rubbish bin) and then use the back of the hair dryer to suck the fruit flies with the propeller. They will burn inside the hair-drier due to the high temperatures.
How to Kill Fruit Flies with Porridge
Another way to deal with the nasty flies is with a homemade porridge. You will need:
- A pint of milk;
- 100 gr of cane sugar
- 50 gr of black pepper
Pour those in a saucepan, simmer for 10 minutes and transfer into a shallow dish. The smell of the porridge is irresistible to fruit flies. Before they can taste it – they drown in the liquid.
How to Prevent Fruit Flies Infestation
Our last two tips will be more targeted at preventing the fruit fly menace and the bad side effects. Many people don’t know that they already buy small flies almost directly from the supermarket. The fruits we buy there already have eggs on them. The simplest thing you can do is wash the fruits.
One of the most frequent places for a fruit fly meet-up is the garbage bin. Due to the fermentation processes of the garbage, the bin makes a perfect environment for the fruit flies. Therefore, make sure to deal with household waste and, in particular, fruit residues, quickly and regularly.