Has your home been taken over by fruit flies? Pretty much any time of year our homes can be invaded, although these pests are more plentiful in Summer and Fall. They enter our homes on the produce we purchase. They can also come in through any open area like an open door or a crack in a window screen.
Regardless of how they get into your home, once you see a fruit fly you can almost guarantee this fly brought along his friends and family.
Getting rid of these house guests doesn’t have to be a difficult task. We are going to discuss some easy ways to rid your home of fruit flies.
Fruit Fly Basics
Fruit Flies can live about 30 days. They are prolific breeders and one female can lay 500 eggs. They get their name in part because they are attracted to fruit, especially old fruit that is starting to rot. While you may often see them gathering around fruit in your kitchen, they can also be found near moist areas like drains, disposals and garbage cans.
Eliminating Fruit Flies
Prevention: The first step in getting rid of fruit flies is prevention. Don’t keep old fruit and vegetables that may attract fruit flies. Either eat them or store them in the refrigerator. If you have openings in your screens, patch them or replace the screens.
Disinfect Your Produce: When you buy produce get in the habit of washing it as soon as you get home. Fruit flies may have laid eggs on this produce and these babies will hatch in your home. Wash all your produce including your bananas and this eliminates hatching fruit flies in your kitchen.
Contain the Invasion: If despite your best efforts your home becomes invaded by fruit flies here is an easy thing you can do to get rid of them. Build a fruit fly trap!
Fruit Fly Trap
You can certainly go purchase a trap; but they are very simple if you want to do-it-yourself. Here are the ingredients you will need for this trap:
- A Jar: This will catch those pesky fruit flies.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: This will attract the fruit flies since it smells like ripe fruit.
- A Funnel: This will allow the flies to enter the trap. This one is made from a folded up note card.
- Dish Soap: This will prevent the flies from being able to leave the trap.
Take a jar and place a funnel in the opening that goes part way down the jar. You can either create a paper funnel or use plastic wrap shaped like a funnel with a small opening at the end. Secure the funnel to the top of the jar with a rubber band if you are using plastic wrap.
Pour some apple cider vinegar in the bottom of the jar followed by a few drops of dish soap. Then, you let nature do its work and wait for the fruit flies to start accumulating in the bottom of the jar. You should see flies gathering around your jar in the first couple hours and within a few days all the adult fruit flies should find their way to the trap.
When you don’t see any more fruit flies you can empty the trap outside where the flies eggs can’t hatch in your home. It is a good idea to disinfect your surfaces to make sure no remaining eggs are around.
That’s it folks – no need for a fancy pesticide. It’s an easy, eco-friendly way to remove fruit flies from your home. Please feel free to share any tips you have on removing pests from your home.