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Words Best Ways To Deal With Pesky Fruit Flies Effectively

Updated on January 31, 2014
Fruit Flies
Fruit Flies

Eliminating fruit flies is probably the first concern every responsible kitchen or home owner has. The reason for this is because they reproduce surprisingly and quite appallingly fast. Believe it or not, studies show that a female fruit fly can lay as much as 500 eggs. That might probably sound as if that’s a piece of made-up fact; and although you’d rather believe otherwise, it actually is true. You think it sounds like a nightmare? Not really, at least not yet. What’s more horrific is the span of time that they can get to hatch these so-called eggs. It only takes 30 short hours for them to hatch. Just like that, you already find yourself in the midst of an imminent fruit fly invasion. Sure, they live for just about ten days; but imagine the amount of offspring they would’ve spawned by then? Unless you take the necessary precautions and steps to get rid of them, you may soon find that your kitchen can easily be their breeding ground and these little insects will simply overrun it.

Always remember what the root cause of the problem is. The very first step in knowing how to kill fruit flies is knowing how they come to be and why they breed in those susceptible and exposed areas in the first place. You have to eliminate the reason why they’re in your house in the first place. And what’s that? Food. If you don’t eliminate their sources of food and breeding grounds, you can go ahead and kiss your kitchen / fridge / wherever-that-is sanitation goodbye.

Now that you’ve got the reason why they’re there down to a T, the next thing you should consider is what kind of food source are they after. Knowing how to get rid of fruit flies also means knowing what kind of messes to clean up or what kind of edible products lying around you should be wary about. Generally, fruit flies are, as the name suggests, attracted to fermenting or rotting fruits and vegetables. This also includes but is not limited to cans of beer and soft drinks, open wine bottles, unkempt dish rags, and open trash cans. Believe it or not, a piece of rotting fruit can possibly trigger a nightmarish fruit fly invasion. So go ahead and check your cupboards, fridge, pantry, and technically all the other little nooks and crannies around your house. Make sure you also clean up any kind of spills or messes because one that you’ve missed out on can easily be a breeding ground already.

After you’ve eliminated the food source, just in case you unfortunately have an infestation already; you would need to plan out a trap. Making a funnel trap doesn’t require rocket science and you can easily make your own with things you can see around the house. You just need to get a hold of some apple cider vinegar and put it in a bottle or any kind of tall glass and mix it with dish soap. It would be best if you go for a dishwashing soap that has a citrusy scent. The reason why the dish soap has to be there is because you need this to break the tension of the vinegar.

After you’ve mixed those two ingredients in a bottle, go ahead and roll up some paper to create a funnel. You need to place it in the glass or bottle and take extra care in making sure that its bottom doesn’t touch the mixture or it will soak up your trap and end up being ineffective. Secure the funnel to your bottle or glass with the help of a piece of adhesive tape. That ensures that your fruit flies won’t be able to get away. Once your trap is finished, leave it out overnight and make sure you have a fresh batch every day to avoid making it a breeding ground for your fruit flies.

You now know the ABCs of these unwelcome home visitors. Now all you need to do is follow through on the traps you’re making every day for ten days. That’s also the estimated timeframe wherein you will be able to successfully get rid of them. If you can’t wait that long, there are always other methods and other forms of resources that will give you tips on getting relief from fruit flies.


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      pctechgo 4 years ago from US

      Flies are indeed annoying. Nice ideas for keeping flies away. I might try a clear zip-lock bag or two this summer. Especially if this method is used on farms and pastures - it might work.

      More annoying and seemingly without a real purpose in any eco system unless they are food for some other creature or other insect that has not found them to be in my area are, ** mosquitos ** . Can't understand why such an annoying flying, sneaky, evading, silent little monster was ever created. What purpose can they serve except to be food for something else that does have a useful place in the system but just doesn't live in my area.

      Any good home remedies for chasing mosquitos away? Citronella torches are decent but refilling them gets pricey after a short while. There must be something mosquitos don't like and avoid that doesn't have to have a flame, burn a black smoke to work, and attract kids curiosity.