It’s inevitable; with fresh produce and warmer weather come fruit flies. These pesky little creatures seem to appear out of nowhere and can quickly overtake your kitchen. Just when you’ve swatted one away, two more appear in its place. Don’t let these little pests ruin the sanctity of your home. Use the following tips to put an end to fruit flies once and for all.
Before you start all of these steps, check to make sure your home invaders are actually fruit flies. Another common pest is the fungus gnat, which lives in the soil of your houseplants. You can tell the difference because fruit flies are brown or reddish-orange, while fungus gnats are black or gray.
First things first, it’s time to do a deep clean. Fruit flies can lay 500 eggs in a single batch, meaning you need to get rid of as many eggs as possible to stop the spread. Give your kitchen a good wipe down, especially in places where you may have spilled alcohol or fruit juice. This includes your sink drains, as flies love to feast on all the leftover food particles from your last meal.
Finally, take the garbage out regularly so flies don’t have the chance to repopulate.
Fruit flies feed on decaying, rotting, or ripe produce, so if you keep produce in a fruit bowl or store your veggies in the pantry, you could be hosting an all-you-can-eat buffet. Instead, keep your produce in the refrigerator so flies can’t get to it. You’ll also want to wash your produce when you bring it home to get rid of any lingering larvae.
Once you’ve taken away all possible food sources, it’s time to kill the fruit flies for good. You can make a few different DIY traps depending on the ingredients you have on hand.
Of course, if you don’t feel like DIYing your own fruit fly trap, you can also buy a Rescue Reusable Fruit Fly Trap. These traps are usually made of plastic and feature a liquid lure that draws flies inside a chamber they can’t escape. They’re reusable, and all you have to do is refill them with new liquid when they’re empty.
Obviously, these are easier to set up than the DIY traps, so they’re an especially good option for deep infestations.
With these tips, you’ll find you can get rid of your fruit flies in just a few days. The most important thing is to stay dedicated, as fruit flies will feast and lay eggs on whatever they can. Keep your kitchen clean, put away produce, and use either a homemade or store-bought fruit fly trap, and your home should be safe from these pesky invaders.